“Today” host Hoda Kotb shocked fans last month when she revealed that she’d adopted a second little girl.
Kotb and her boyfriend, Joel Schiffman, first became parents in 2017 when they adopted their eldest daughter, Haley Joy.
The couple expressed a desire to adopt a sibling for their little girl. In March, Kotb explained:
“We don’t know when, but it is something that is important to me and to Joel. We like the idea of Haley [having] a sibling because she has had such interesting circumstances to grow up.”
And on April 15, the 54-year-old hinted that they’d adopted a second child with a post on Instagram that read, “Choose Hope,” a reference to their daughter’s name.
She confirmed the adoption of baby Hope Catherine on “Today” the following day.
And in an interview with People, Kotb opened up about what it’s been like raising a second child.
The morning show host said she’s already learned a lot about being a mom now that she has two children to care for. She explained:
“My first time around, I spent my whole time going, ‘I got it! I got it!’ I didn’t know what to expect with two. All of a sudden, with two kids, you’re like, ‘Wait, baby one is crying, baby two needs to be put down. Hope is hungry, Haley needs me.’”
“I was always like, ‘I have to fix it! Here I come.’ Now I’m just like, ‘Haley’s safe. She’s good. The baby’s going to eat in a minute. She’ll be okay.’“
In addition to a bit of a learning curve, Kotb said she had to brush up on some skills that she first learned while raising Haley Joy.
The mom of two said:
“I forgot everything! I was like, ‘How do you hold the baby? How do you feed a baby? How do you swaddle?’ I was googling swaddling and — you’re not going to believe this — how to put on pajamas.”
Despite the challenges of motherhood, Kotb said that she couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome a new little one into her family.
She told People:
“I just can’t believe how in a blink, life changes, and all of a sudden there are two babies in this house. I’m just overwhelmed with joy.”