It's baby No. 2 for Hoda Kotb!
When Haley first met her sister, Kotb explained: "We'd been telling her, 'Baby Hope's coming, ' and she literally walked up to her and looked at her and she goes, 'Hope!'" She named her new baby Hope Catherine Kotb, who joins big sister Haley Joy Kotb. "This morning at breakfast [Haley] was trying to feed her raspberries and I was like, 'Not yet, babe, "' Hoda joked. "But man, I'm so happy she's here".
"Today" shared a picture of Kotb with her two daughters on Instagram. The newborn's name is Hope Catherine.
"She is laying on the pillow right now", the journalist, 54, told her cohosts over the phone.
"My God, my heart just grew", she said of the moment they handed baby Hope to her. "I just felt it and I dialed the number, and [a woman from the adoption agency] answered the phone and she said, 'She's here'".
She added, "I just can't believe it's happening, y'all".
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A battle with breast cancer 10 years ago left her unable to conceive and her two-year marriage to tennis coach Burzis Kanga fell apart a year after her recovery. Hope, because she hoped, prayed, and dreamed about having another child.
"One of the things in my life I've always wanted was to be a mom", Kotb told People in 2017. "That's really the way it is, '" the star said.
In March, Hoda couldn't help but gush over her boyfriend of six years.
"Finally I said to myself one day, 'Why can't I?"
"I think sometimes you think either I can't ... or, I waited too long, or circumstances didn't intend for me, and I should be grateful to have this life, and why would I ask for something more? It felt nearly selfish", Kotb explained.