Congratulations are in order for Hoda Kotb. The Today Show co-anchor has adopted a newborn baby girl, becoming a mom for the first time at the age of 52. Introducing her on the NBC program Tuesday, she had the crew pull up a photo of her cradling the sweet newborn in her arms, and she was so overwhelmed that she started to cry as she explained: ‘That little girl, Haley Joy, is my daughter’.
“She’s a Valentine’s baby, so she’s a little nugget,” the proud new parent said of Haley. “She is the love of my life.”
Hoda Kotb Baby: Haley Joy
Calling back into the program’s fourth hour, Kotb shared the inspiration behind her daughter’s name.“Haley is because of Halley’s Comet,” Kotb told her on-screen partners, Kathie Lee Gifford and Jenna Bush Hager. It references the short-period comet which can only be seen from Earth every 75 years.
According to E! News, the name is also in tradition with the popular alliteration of the H names in the Kotb family. Her sister, for example, is Hala while her niece is Hannah. As for Joy, the name is pretty self-explanatory. It is because of the baby’s sweet disposition, and for the great happiness she brings to Kotb and the family.
The first time mom’s colleagues were so happy for her, that most of them were in tears as Kotb made the announcement. “You are going to be one of the most fantastic moms I can ever imagine,” Matt Lauer told her.
Hoda Kotb Baby: Motherhood
Per Los Angeles Times, the Today host is currently dating Joel Schiffman and moved in with him last year. She was previously married to former University of New Orleans tennis coach Burzis Kanga for two years before they called it quits in 2007.
They had no children together but Kotb has long expressed her desire to have one eventually. She recalled how she would always say ‘no’ when people would ask if she has kids. “It’s one of those things where it’s kind of always a little bit of an ouch and an ache,” Kotb said. But that’s no longer happening today, thanks to Haley Joy.
Kotb went to on express her feelings about motherhood. Noting she had the love of a wonderful mom, siblings, a man, the talk show anchor shared being a mom is like having a warm hand on her heart -a feeling she reportedly has never imagined.
Any thoughts on Hoda Kotb baby? Isn’t the name Haley lovely?