Former Olympic skier Bode Miller revealed Wednesday that he and his wife Morgan are expecting a child — a little less than a year after 19-month old daughter Emeline died in a tragic drowning accident at a neighbor’s house.
The couple broke the news of their pregnancy on “CBS This Morning” while promoting guidelines to help prevent drowning tragedies for their partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics. Four months after Emeline’s drowning accident last June, the Millers welcomed their son, Easton, into the world. Their new child’s gender and expected birth date was not revealed by the couple.
The Millers appeared in the television segment alongside Nicole Hughes, a woman whose 3-year-old son drowned the exact same day as Emeline. Hughes, who has appeared in several PSAs with the Millers, is also expecting.
“As a Mom, I want other parents to know how fast drowning can happen,” Morgan Miller can be heard saying on one of the new PSAs. “It takes moments. You have to be vigilant as if it’s a lion waiting to snatch your child.”
On the topic of swimming safety and the dangers of drowning, Bode Miller cautioned parents to always be on the lookout and avoid multi-tasking. New research says swim lessons can help children after age one to avoid drowning, a top cause of death for 1- to 4-year olds.
“Kids are crafty and they get out fast and this whole process, I think the terrifying part about this time of year is you know the kids are thinking it before the parents are,” Miller said. “It happens quick and it happens when you’re not swimming. You’re cooking and the kid’s gone for that amount of time and you’re left with a lifetime of, sort of, regret.”
Both the Miller and Hughes families are hoping there one day will be safety measures on par with car seats and seat belts when it comes to drowning prevention.
Bode, 41, and Morgan, 32, are also parents to 4-year-old son Nash Skan, and Miller is also a father to two children from previous relationships.