Hoda Kotb and her baby cover People: ‘I didn’t know this kind of love existed’

Two weeks ago, beloved Today Show host Hoda Kotb, 52, called into her show to announce that she’d adopted a baby girl named Haley Joy. Hoda got choked up over the phone talking about little Haley, her first child, who was born on Valentine’s day and weighed six pounds. Hoda lives with her boyfriend, Joel Schiffman, in New York and she took some time off work to care for Haley. She now covers the new issue of People Magazine with her baby and has a photospread with the magazine, you can see another photo here. It made me so happy to see Hoda land the cover of People. Part of me had schadenfreude for Tori Spelling, because you know she’s angling for a magazine cover with her fifth baby, but more than that I just like Hoda. There’s something so infectious about her enthusiasm and just reading this and seeing her photos is making me happy.

On caring for her baby when she first came home
We just stayed in the apartment and ate and slept and burped and took naps, and that’s it. That’s all. But it’s fun! It’s one of those things where you think you’ve done it all, you think you’ve felt it all. But I just didn’t know that this kind of love existed.

Breast cancer treatment 10 years ago left her unable to conceive
One of the things in my life I’ve always wanted was to be a mom. Sometimes in your life, things just don’t work out for whatever reason, so you say, ‘Well, I wasn’t meant to have that.’ But it was really hard to come to terms with it.

She’s wanted children for a long time
There was a hole. People would say, ‘Oh, do you have kids?’ And I’d feel like, ‘Ouch.’ I knew inside it was supposed to be for me.

On telling her boyfriend she wanted to adopt
I was afraid to even say it out loud, because then it felt so real. I said, ‘Think about it for a day or a week or whatever.’ And he said, ‘I don’t need a day. Let’s get this journey going.’ At that point I blubbered like a baby. It was like the dam burst.

On being a new mom
I wake up sometimes and go, ‘Oh my God, I have a baby!’ ” But it feels totally real. I guess if you’ve been waiting this long for something, and you wish for it, pray for it, hope for it, wonder if it will ever be, and then it happens, nothing’s more real. Nothing.

[From People]

Hoda worked with a NY-based adoption agency to find Haley and People writes that she left her boyfriend’s name off the paperwork “to simplify the process.” I always assumed it was harder for a single person to adopt than for a married couple, but when the couple isn’t married it probably gets more complicated. From what I could find, in many cases the birth mother selects the adoptive parent(s) so Hoda would have an advantage in that she’s famous and super nice. I am so happy for her and you can tell that she’s a great mom and is devoted to her daughter.

Hoda Kotb Book Signing In New York City

photos credit: People, Getty and FameFlynet

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  1. Nev says:

    Yayyy Hoda. One of my faves.

  2. mellie says:

    I don’t even know Hoda personally, but I’m sure I’d love her! I’m so happy for her and this baby hit the life lottery.

  3. tracking says:

    She is glowing with happiness. I’m happy for her, and am sure she’ll be an excellent mother, but I’m sad for my friends who also suffer from infertility due to cancer treatment and lack the money and fame to smooth their path to motherhood.

  4. TheOtherOne says:

    Her happiness is infectious. Congrats to her and her new family!!!

  5. BJ says:

    I love Hoda she just exudes love and joy.She and Tamron were the reasons I watch Today Show.

  6. minx says:

    Very sweet. Congrats to her.

  7. vaultdweller101 says:

    So awesome when good things happen to good people. Happy for her, and I hope she enjoys motherhood.

  8. I Choose Me says:

    Awesome. You can tell that baby is and will be so loved.

  9. QQ says:

    Aw she looks so so so so Happy!

  10. Donna says:

    Her happiness is beautiful to see.

  11. jc126 says:

    So happy for her, she’s awesome.

  12. JudyK says:

    I’m an adoptive mom, too. Congrats to Hoda, not only on the adoption but for having such a great partner. She’s glowing w/ happiness and will be a wonderful mom.

  13. Beckysuz says:

    That smile on her face is just lovely. Good for her.

  14. Who ARE These People? says:

    Love love love positive adoption stories. Wonderful photos — everyone’s glowing!

  15. LVD says:

    I’ve never watched The Today Show, but every time I see Hoda, I remember my friend telling me about her husband going on a business trip with his coworkers (men in their 40s), and when her segment came on, all the men were drooling over her like some teenagers. And my friend and I thought it was kind of funny, she’s so likable and totally age appropriate.

    Anyway, congrats to her. She seems happy and like a great mom.

  16. Betsy says:

    It’s not that other celeb moms don’t look happy on their new baby covers, but she looks radiant.

  17. nicegirl says:

    Congratulations Hoda and baby Haley Joy!

  18. Cupcake says:

    I can’t say I’ve seen a happier or more enchanted mother (perhaps skipping the pregnancy and postpartum hormones helps)! CONGRATS!

    • jwoolman says:

      I think it helps a lot… I met one women with four kids, two by birthing them and two by adoption. One of the kids arrived as a toddler, the other as a very young infant. She says the one who arrived very soon after birth was the first time she was able to really enjoy those months of infancy. She was too worn out by the pregnancy for the others! She highly recommended letting somebody else do the work for the nine months pre-birth.

  19. Sayrah says:

    I love this and cried hearing her announcement weeks ago. Congrats to her!

  20. Michelle says:

    Someone please educate me on adoption. I thought there was an age limit on people adopting children, but apparently not with Hoda being 52 and Madonna being 58. I am really glad that they are able to do this, but I wonder if a run-of-the-mill 52 year old single woman from Kansas would be have the same outcome.

    • Donna says:

      It varies from state to state and country to country. When I adopted my daughter from China, back in the late 90s. the parents had to be at least 35. The combined ages of both parents couldn’t exceed 110. I was 43 and single. Some countries will not allow singles to adopt. I’m overjoyed for Hoda, but Madonna gets a side eye from me. I’m betting lots of money changed hands for her to be approved for adopting the twins.

  21. Littlestar says:

    Best story of the day, she looks ecstatic 😁

  22. Snowflake says:

    I’m so happy for her! She seems so genuine and nice. Sounds like she’s got a good man too. Congrats

  23. Maraidh says:

    Hoda exudes love and kindness, and I am extremely happy for her and her baby. I had breast cancer at age 29, and lost my ability to have children after the chemo. Her story resonates with me, and I am thrilled for her!

  24. brooksie says:

    She auctioned off a charity lunch a few years ago and I was working the event. As soon as she walked in, she lit up the entire room and walked around hugging everyone. I watched her with her auction winner and she was so kind and engaging. I wanted to bear hug her!

  25. Lady Rain says:

    Congrats Hoda! 😊