"It's a girl!"
Today show's coanchor Hoda Kotb announced excitedly on Monday that she and partner Joel Schiffman have welcomed another baby girl via adoption into their family. The 54-year-old called her colleagues on Tuesday morning during a live show to surprise them as well as viewers about the big news. Kotb also shared the baby's name: Hope.
Coanchor, Craig Melvin, congratulated Hoda over the phone, E! News reports. "I know this has been quite the journey. I am so, so happy for you. As a parent of two, buckle up, baby!"
Her coworkers also asked how Kotb and Schiffman’s two-year-old, Haley—whom the couple also previously adopted—was taking the news. "She was trying to feed her raspberries and I was like, 'Not yet, babe.' ” She even playfully tried crawling in Hope’s bassinet!" Kotb said. And in big-sister fashion, Haley was apparently marching around proudly proclaiming her new status in the household.
On Monday, Kotb gave her Instagram followers a sneak peek into the exciting news by posting a picture with the words "Choose Hope." Fans assumed the quote was meant to evoke some #MondayInspiration, but little did they know it was a baby announcement in disguise.
Holding Hope in her arms for the first time was obviously emotional for Kotb. "My God, my heart just grew," she said on the ˆToday show. "I can't believe it's happening, y'all." She also mentioned that when the doctor hands you your baby, “it’s the closest thing to a live birth I think you’ll ever see.”
Here’s hoping Hoda gives us regular updates (and lots of pictures) on her new adventure!