Hoda Kotb Opens Up About Becoming a New Mom during 52: ‘You Get on Your Knees and Say Thank You’

It’s been only over a year given Hoda Kotb adopted her daughter Haley Joy, and a Today co-host says she’s cherishing each singular notation of parenthood.

“When you’re a mom late in life, we comprehend a present it is,” says Kotb, 53. “I’m not observant we wouldn’t have satisfied it when we was younger though trust me, when you’re a new mom for a initial time during 52, we get on your knees and contend appreciate you. Because we get to do something we didn’t consider we had a shot at.”

After a conflict with breast cancer a decade ago left her incompetent to have a child, Kotb suspicion she competence never turn a mom. Since welcoming Haley — who was born on Feb. 14, 2017 — “everything has changed.”

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Hoda Kotb and daughter Haley Joy

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“It’s like a tectonic plates have shifted,” she says. “I have a intelligible bargain about my purpose in life, that we didn’t before, and it’s to adore her all a days I’m authorised to.”

“I consider it is a biggest approach to now prioritize your life and comprehend what matters,” adds a radio journalist.

Hoda Kotb, daughter Haley and beloved Joel Schiffman

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Kotb only published her initial children’s book, I’ve Loved You Since Forever, that was desirous by Haley as good as Kotb’s prolonged tour toward apropos a mom.

“Somewhere out there this child is there for me and that phrase, ‘I’ve desired we given forever,’ was something that we had created down since that’s what it felt like,” she says about a pretension of her book.

I’ve Loved You Since Forever is accessible now.

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