Morgan Miller's back-to-school photo shows 'giant hole' left by daughter's loss

Miller, whose 19-month-old daughter, Emmy, drowned in June, mourned the loss in two back-to-school photos she posted on Instagram.
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Morgan Miller posted a back-to-school photo that she said captured “the giant hole” created by her daughter after the toddler drowned nearly three months ago.

The wife of Olympic skier Bode Miller posted a pair of similar Instagram photos, the first one snapped last September and featuring Emeline “Emmy” Miller, the couple’s 19-month-old toddler who drowned after falling into a neighbor’s pool on June 9.

The second photo had the same group of kids except for Emmy. All the children stood in the same spots as last year, with similar smiles, except for Emmy's big brother, 3-year-old Nash, who was in tears.

The photos were posted on Wednesday but removed from Instagram on Thursday.

“Yesterday was the first day of school for our kids. It’s a day we always look forward to with excitement. But all I can see is Nash’s face and the giant hole that was created between last year’s picture and this year’s picture,” Miller wrote in the caption, before the post was taken down.

“I can imagine that’s what my face looked like, too, stepping back into our routine without our daughter. I imagine daily how different my life would be today had I had 30 more seconds," she said.

Miller, who is expecting the couple’s third child in October, also posted a third image featuring drowning facts and prevention tips.

“This heartache doesn’t need to belong to any other parents. Together, we can change the future,” she said, tagging the post with the Instagram accounts of The Real Truth About Drowning and Nicole Hughes, whose 3-year-old son, Levi, drowned on the same day as Emeline.

Miller and her husband, who also has two children from previous relationships, a 5-year-old son and a 10-year-old daughter, have poured their hearts into raising awareness about drowning and prevention efforts since losing their youngest child.

"There's not a day that goes by that I don't pray for the opportunity to go back to that day and make it different. But now we have this opportunity to make other parents' days different," Miller told TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie in an interview last month.

On June 9, Miller and her kids walked next door to visit with neighbors. The children were playing by the adults when “all of the sudden, it was just too quiet for me,” Miller recalled.

“We're in mid-conversation and I stood up. And I turned and I went right to where the boys were and I said ‘Where's Emmy?’” she said.

After discovering the toddler in the pool, Miller immediately started CPR while an ambulance was called. The hospital was unable to revive the girl.

Last month, Miller opened up about her daughter’s final moments in an Instagram photo showing her cradling her little girl at the hospital.

“I wish I could have one more day to hold you, but until that day comes, continue to work through me and give me the strength to bring awareness, my love,” she wrote.

“Every step we take forward is because of you and Levi."

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