Morgan and Bode Miller Reveal the Sex of Their Baby
Morgan and Bode Miller are having a girl!
The couple announced the pregnancy last week, and revealed the baby’s sex this morning on TODAY. The couple also hosted a gender reveal party over the weekend for family and friends.
“Oh my gosh, we are so excited,” Morgan said, with Bode adding, “Everyone has been so supportive that it was really such a cool reward to share it all together, especially after this last year with COVID and everything…It was pretty amazing.”
The couple revealed the pregnancy to their older kids on St. Patrick’s Day. “I planned an elaborate scavenger hunt, and at the end of each clue was their pot of gold, and their pot of gold had a little treat plus a word, and they all had to pull their words out, and mix them together to figure out the sentence, and the sentence said, ‘Another baby Miller, coming November 2020.’ They were first completely shocked,” Morgan told the outlet. “Yesterday was really fun to see how excited they were (at the gender reveal party),” Bode added.
This will be the couple’s first girl since losing their 19-month-old daughter Emmy to a drowning accident in 2018. “It is so special to be welcoming another little girl…I feel like I haven’t fully got my head wrapped around it because every time I start thinking about it, I just start crying," Morgan said. “To get to experience a relationship with a little girl again…is going to be unbelievable.”
Their Pregnancy Announcement
The couple, who got married in 2012, announced the pregnancy on May 19. “We’re finally on our last pregnancy," Bode told PEOPLE, while Morgan added, “We’re at the finish line."
Morgan is due in November and plans to deliver through a home birth. The couple also share sons Nash, 6, Easton, 2, twins Asher and Aksel, 18 months, and daughter Emeline, who died at 19 months old in a heartbreaking drowning accident in June 2018.
“After losing Emmy, we both felt like we wanted to try for a girl. You know, there’s obviously no replacing kids,” Bode told the outlet. “All of ours are so unique that it’s always a surprise, but then we had the identical twin boys and we were kind of like, ‘Whoa, maybe, maybe that’s the end for us.’”
Morgan also added, “We constantly knew that we had more space in our hearts to give more love. Kids require a lot of attention and a lot of love. We have a lot of attention and a lot of love to give, but we feel like this will be the last one for us to be able to put all of ourselves into. So that way, all of them still get a bunch of love and attention. And we’re not stretching ourselves too thin….When you lose someone like that, when you lose a child, you really recognize how special [that parent-child relationship] is. And not that we were ungrateful for what we had, our kids are absolutely incredible. But we just had so much more love to give."
The couple’s older kids are excited to welcome home their new sibling. Morgan, who will find out the sex of her baby soon, told PEOPLE, “We have a mixed bag of hoping for a boy or a girl…I’m probably the most in the middle where I’ll just be happy for a baby."
Though it’s been three years since Emmy’s devastating death, the family carries her close to their hearts every day, and this past April, they released butterflies in her memory. She “still feels very much like a part of the family," Bode said. "She was incredibly stubborn and was an awesome, awesome kid to be around. But definitely taught me a lot about patience because she was the most stubborn. We had a really great, unique [father-daughter] relationship, a really special one.”
The family has continued to fight for better water safety awareness, even through the pandemic. “We work on it throughout the year, but definitely in summer months. Even COVID, everyone was home and kids were home from school. Kids were home from daycare and drowning rates went up drastically. Drowning is still the number one cause of death for children under age 5,” Morgan said. “It’s one of those things where, after we lost Emmy, everyone rallied and it became this conversation. This is something that’s completely preventable.”