Hoda Kotb announces she's adopted a baby

It's a girl! Hoda Kotb announces she's adopted a baby


Congratulations to Hoda Kotb!

The TODAY anchor has become a mother after adopting a baby girl, Haley Joy Kotb.

"She’s a Valentine’s baby so she’s a little nugget," Hoda, 52, said Tuesday during a phone call to her TODAY family. "She is the love of my life!"

The arrival thrilled Hoda's coworkers, including her Fourth Hour co-anchor, Kathy Lee Gifford, who somehow managed to keep the news a secret.

"I’ve got the biggest mouth in the world and I’ve said zilch," she said. "Hoda, we are thrilled for you, sweetheart. You were made to be a mom."

Matt Lauer agreed.

"This is such fantastic news. This little girl, Haley, is the luckiest girl on the planet," he said. "You are going to be one of the most fantastic moms I can ever imagine."

Last week, Hoda hinted at the reason behind her time off by posting inspirational quotes on her social media account.

Among them: "And suddenly you just know it's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings," and, "For all the things my hands have held, the best by far is you."

She posted one more Tuesday after sharing the news about her daughter.

Hoda's love for children is no surprise. She often shares with the TODAY audience stories about time spent with her nieces, Hannah and Ella, frequently showing pictures of her extended family on the air.

Last year, Hoda announced on her Sirius XM show that she had moved in with her boyfriend, Joel Schiffman. The couple have been dating since June 2013. Hoda was previously married, but has no other children.

t’s certain Hoda will be turning to her best example for her new role: her own mother, whom she describes as “among the strongest, most optimistic people I’ve ever met, because she believes anything is possible."

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