Bode Miller and his wife, Morgan Beck, have confessed to not yet naming their newborn twin boys after the family first welcomed the newest members nearly two weeks ago.
Morgan, 32, gave birth to the twin boys in the family’s home on November 8 with the help of her husband, 42, and her mother-in-law after the midwife was unable to arrive to the delivery in time.
The quick birth, which happened after just 30 minutes of labor, starkly contrasts the time the family is now taking to pick the names of their two sons, with the parents confessing it’s a ‘daily battle’.
Taking their time: Bode Miller and his wife, Morgan Beck, have confessed to not yet naming their newborn twin boys, nearly two weeks after the babies were born
Exciting: Bode Miller’s wife, Morgan Beck, gave birth to identical twin boys on November 8
Trouble: She admitted to the naming of the twins being a ‘daily battle’ in the Miller household
‘It’s a daily battle to the point where some days we have to stop the conversation and revisit the following day,’ Morgan told People.
‘I come from very traditional names, like my dad is Edward. But Bode’s family, they have much more unique names. For example, his sister’s name is Genesis Wren Bungo Windrushing Turtleheart.’
The couple had no problem when naming their two sons, four-year-old Nash and 10-month-old Easton, or their daughter Emeline, who tragically died in a drowning accident in June 2018.
But Bode previously had a battle when naming his six-year-old son Samuel, whom he had with his previous girlfriend Sara McKenna, a former US Marine.
Sara got pregnant with Samuel just three months into dating Bode, and the former Olympic skier told his girlfriend he thought they should raise the child separately instead of together.
The exes entered into a custody battle two weeks after Sara gave birth to Samuel, and she lost custody of the child; Bode and Morgan then started referring to his son as Nathaniel instead of his given name.
Eventually Sara regained custody of her son and it was agreed by the pair to call the child by his given name instead of Nathaniel – although the name game played a large role in the legal fight between the two parties.
‘Neither of us got exactly what we wanted, but Sam got what he needed and that’s what’s most important to me,’ Sara told Page Six at the time.
Past experience: Bode previously fought with ex-girlfriend Sara McKenna (pictured) over the name of their now six-year-old son Samuel. The pair also had a drawn out custody battle
Double trouble! Bode and Morgan have two sons, four-year-old Nash and 10-month-old Easton, and a daughter Neesyn, 11, and son Samuel, six, from Bode’s previous relationships.
Birthing experts: The birth of the twins was a dramatic one because labor lasted only 30 minutes. Bode and his mom delivered the babies because the midwife didn’t arrive in time
Bode also has a daughter named Neesyn, 11, from a previous relationship.
Although Bode’s newborn children have yet to be named, he and Morgan were not worried about the time it was taking to come up with the best names.
‘Always finding the blend of the two names is a challenge, but I feel like we’ve done a really good job in the past of creating these unique names that end up fitting out kids,’ Morgan said. ‘In time it’ll come and it’ll fit them perfectly, but it’s a process.’
As a compromise, the couple even tried to split the naming by each getting the option to name one of the children. But Morgan said she could not handle the name Bode gave one of the sons.
‘I couldn’t do it so we’re back to the drawing board,’ she said.
The family first revealed to the Today the intimate details behind their home birth, including images of the first born. During an interview, Morgan also said she wanted to know the the boys’ personalities more before deciding a name.
Finding a balance: ‘I come from very traditional names, like my dad is Edward. But Bode’s family, they have much more unique names,’ Morgan said about the naming process
Intimate moment: Morgan previously said she wanted to get to know each of the boys’ personalities before deciding on names
Difficult: The couple attempted to divide up who would name who, but Morgan could not commit to the name Bode selected for one of the children
Tragic: Emmy drowned in a neighbor’s swimming pool in June last year when she was just 19 months old. Her picture was featured on Morgan’s phone case in her selfie (right)
She further detailed how the twins were different when speaking to People.
‘They’re so different,’ Morgan said, adding: ‘Baby A came out crying. He cried for probably a solid 45 minutes and still very much has a personality of “I need attention.”
‘Baby B came out and surveyed everything and was super mellow and relaxed and he’s still the same. The way that they’re born is the way that they are through the rest of their life.’
The birth was a more dramatic one than the couple expected because the midwife did not arrive to their home in time to help deliver the babies.
Instead, Bode and his mother, who previously worked as a midwife, delivered the twins together.
He called it ‘one of the more crazy things I’ve ever experienced.’
‘By the time they got there, me and my mom were holding the babies,’ Bode said. ‘Luckily my mom was a midwife, but she hadn’t delivered babies in 20-plus years, and she never delivered twins.
‘We were both pretty relaxed and pretty casual, but we were certainly not qualified to be doing an unassisted home delivery of twins.’