— TODAY (@TODAYshow) April 16, 2019
I so appreciate Hoda Kotb. She is just so happy and genuinely joyful. In fact she gave her first daughter, little Haley whom she adopted two years ago, the middle name Joy. Hoda has spoken about how much Haley changed her life, and how quickly she’s grown. So it makes me so happy to see that she’s adopted another baby! Hoda and her partner, Joel Schiffman. just adopted a little girl they named Hope Catherine. I got choked up just looking at the photo and am even more teary after listening to Hoda call in to The Today Show with the announcement. Here’s some of what she said and you can watch a clip below.
Hoda [crying] it’s a girl. Her name is Hope. She’s laying on the Boppy pillow right now. I’m feeding her, and I can’t believe it. I’m so happy she’s here!”
This morning at breakfast, (Haley) was trying to feed (Hope) her raspberries, and I was like, Not yet, babe. She was literally marching around saying, ‘I’m a big sister!’ She did try and crawl into her bassinet.
You know what’s funny? You think that you’re full. That’s exactly how I felt with Haley and Joel and everything. Joel and I were standing there when they hand you the baby, and it’s the closest thing to a live birth you’ll ever see, but in that moment, I was like, ‘Oh, my God, my heart just grew.’ It’s amazing. I can’t believe it’s happening.
[Some quotes via People]
Hoda has been open about wanting another baby and I’m happy that this worked out for her. My name is Katie so I’m also glad she gave her baby the middle name Catherine, which she said was in honor of her best friend. Hope is a sweet first name too. Little Hope is going to have a wonderful life with Hoda as her mom, Joel as her dad, and Haley as a big sister. I love stories like this.