“Today” host Hoda Kotb is loving life as a mother of two.
In April, the 54-year-old adopted a second daughter, Hope Catherine, alongside her longtime boyfriend, Joel Schiffman. The two adopted their first daughter, Haley Joy, in 2017.
Kotb says her home is now full of love. On Wednesday, the television host told Entertainment Tonight:
“Yesterday, I was holding Hope, and Haley was bouncing around, and I thought to myself, ‘This house is overflowing.’ I don’t know that I could have imagined having this feeling at this point in my life. I feel like I finally have a North Star.”
Kotb was left unable to have children after receiving breast cancer treatment. However, she said that her two beautiful daughters were worth waiting for.
She told ET:
“Some people are lucky enough to have their time in their 20s. Some people, for whatever reason, need to wait a little longer. But waiting ain’t bad when this is at the end.”
Thankfully, Haley Joy was quick to welcome her new younger sibling into the family. Kotb said she’s thrilled that her two little girls are getting along:
“I’m watching her feed her and hold her… You never know how siblings are going to react, but wow!”
Earlier this month, Kotb said she wouldn’t rule out adopting a third child because she was one of three herself, Dearly reported. She said:
“I come from three, so I’d never close a door, ever, ever. When I talked to [Joel] about two, I said, ‘Hey, I want to talk to you about something.’ I said, ‘I really feel like [Haley] should have a sibling … just to go through life with. It’s a long life she’s going to live.’“
However, it seems Kotb and her boyfriend are enjoying life as parents of two for now.
The “Today” host said she “still can’t believe” how lucky she is to have her two baby girls.