Morning show personality Hoda Kotb is kicking off the new year strong thanks to a number of big changes in her life.

The 53-year-old recently landed a new job as co-anchor of the “Today” show following Matt Lauer’s firing over alleged sexual harassment.

She’s also taken big strides in her personal life, adopting a beautiful little girl named Haley Joy.

And on a recent appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” the new parent opened up about the touching moment she realized she was finally becoming a mom.

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According to People, Kotb knew she was going to get some good news when someone from her adoption agency texted her two simple words — “Call me.”

The new mom told DeGeneres:

“I stopped for a minute. I looked at the clock and I wrote down 11:54 a.m. I knew that was the minute it was changing. I just felt it.”

Sure enough, a quick call to the agency confirmed her suspicions. Kotb said:

“And I dialed the number, and [a woman from the adoption agency] answered the phone and she said, ‘She’s here.’”

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Kotb said she knew it was the right decision to adopt when her 60-year-old boyfriend, Joel Schiffman, agreed without hesitation, CBS8 reported.

The “Today” star said:

“I had thought about having kids for a long, long time. But one day I was sitting with my boyfriend and I said to him, ‘I’m going to have to talk to you about something because I can’t push it down anymore, push it away.’

I said, ‘Don’t answer now. Take a day, take a week, take some time. But I want to talk to you about this.’ And he said, ‘OK, what is it?’ And I said, ‘I would like to explore adoption with you.’”

Despite already having a grown daughter, Schiffman responded immediately, “I don’t need a day.”

Kotb said little Haley has “changed everything” in their life for the better. And for now, they’re enjoying their journey through parenthood together.

Watch her interview on Ellen’s show below:

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