Bode Miller and his wife, Morgan Beck, have revealed that they finally named their six-week-old twin boys.
The couple announced on the Today show this morning that they babies, who were born on November 8, are named Asher and Aksel.
‘For the most part it’s official because they have stockings with their names on it,’ Morgan, 32, said. ‘We still go back and forth.’
It’s settled! Bode Miller and his wife Morgan have revealed that they’ve finally named their six-week old twin boys
Ta-da! They’ve named the twins Asher and Aksel — and says it’s official because they have stockings
Morgan showed off the Christmas stockings on Instagram today, filming each of them on the mantle including Dace, 11, Nate, 6, Nash, 4, Easton, 1, and Emmy, who tragically died in a drowning accident in June 2018.
The last two stockings belonged to Asher and Aksel.
Speaking on Today, Bode, 42, said: ‘They’re great names. They’re definitely a fit.’
They took quite a long time to name the boys, and had been calling them Baby A and Baby B for weeks before settling on the names.
But by now, Morgan added, they have distinct personalities.
‘They’re very different. Asher is much more needy. He loves the attention. He loves being snuggled,’ she said. ‘Whereas Aksel is much more like, “I’m okay if you’re okay. And even if you’re not okay I’m still okay.” So he’s just much more mellow.’
‘Seeing them together is one of the craziest things where you see they hold hands, and they interlock arms,’ Bode added.
Been a long time… The couple welcomed the babies on November 8
Bode and Morgan also spoke a bit about their daughter Emmy.
‘People will ask us, “How many kids do you have?” Sometimes (Bode will) say, “Six,” And I will say, “No. We have seven,”‘ Morgan said.
‘And then that obviously comes with the question of, “Well, where’s your other child?” And you will respond with, “She drowned.”
‘It’s hard not to feel like, “God, I’m a bad parent.” And answering that question is really hard. I cry every single time, but we get that message out,’ she added.
She did say, however, that they’re on a path to healing.
‘It’s not ever anything that will completely go away, and that pain is always gonna be there.
‘However, there are parts that you don’t realize that need to be healed, that you do discover through spending time with your kids and traveling and doing all these amazing things, you do get healed. You just figure out how to live with it and keep moving forward.’
Generic: They had been calling the twins Baby A and Baby B before settling
Problems: The couple had confessed that they had trouble agreeing on names this time around
As for the twins, the couple had previously confessed that they had trouble agreeing on names this time around.
‘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, Nash and Easton, or their daughter Emeline.
But Bode previously had a battle when naming the son he had with his previous girlfriend Sara McKenna, a former US Marine. Sara named him Samuel but Bode called him Nathaniel — and after a custody dispute, they agreed to call him Nathaniel.
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.
While still struggling to name the twins, Morgan said: ‘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.
‘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 the intimate details behind their home birth to Today, 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
Tragic: Their daughter Emmy drowned in a neighbor’s swimming pool in June last year when she was just 19 months old
‘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 their 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.’