Today anchor Hoda Kotb got the best Valentine’s Day gift of all. The little girl she’s adopted, Haley Joy, was born on Feb. 14.
Kotb, 52, had been absent from the TODAY show for some time, and finally, her news anchor friends addressed her absence and revealed a wonderful surprise. Kotb had been gone, we’ve now learned, because she was spending time with her newly adopted little bundle of joy. Kotb gushed about the newborn over the phone on the Today show on Feb. 21.
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) February 21, 2017
“She’s a Valentine’s baby so she’s a little nugget,” she said. The tiniest, cutest little nugget, indeed!
Her co-anchors managed to keep the news a secret.
“I’ve got the biggest mouth in the world and I’ve said zilch,” Kathie Lee Gifford said. “Hoda, we are thrilled for you, sweetheart. You were made to be a mom.”
So thrilled for @hodakotb and her precious daughter, Haley Joy!! She will be the best mommy ever! We love you, Hoda, enjoy every moment!❤️❤️
— Kathie Lee Gifford (@KathieLGifford) February 21, 2017
But Kotb started posting hints online before the news of the baby arrived. She took to social media to post inspirational quotes that all seemed to have a theme. “For all the things my hands have held, the best by far is you,” read one post, for example.
Happy happy Friday ❤❤❤ pic.twitter.com/j0u9QkWPSy
— Hoda Kotb (@hodakotb) February 10, 2017
But that certainly wasn’t enough to spoil her surprise announcement, as big of a hint as it was.
This is Kotb’s first child. And according to TODAY, her love of children should certainly be a surprise to no one.
“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,” according to the news outlet.
— Hoda Kotb (@hodakotb) February 21, 2017
According to fellow co-anchor Matt Lauer, “This little girl Haley is the luckiest girl in the world,” he said.
The members of the TODAY show seem to have no doubt that Kotb will make a great mother, and that’s partly due to the fact that she had such a great mom herself.
According to TODAY, Kotb describes her own mother as “among the strongest, most optimistic people I’ve ever met, because she believes anything is possible.”
With a role model like that, there’s no way she could go wrong!