Hoda Kotb is soaking up every second with her daughter, Haley Joy!
Speaking on how she and her boyfriend Joel Schiffman are doing since welcoming Hayley into their lives, she excitedly shared:
“We just stayed in the apartment and ate and slept and burped and took naps, and that’s it. That’s all. But it’s fun!”
As you may or may not know, the 52-year-old was left unable to conceive after her battle with breast cancer 10 years ago. While she never publicly shared her hopes to have children, Hoda says it’s something she’s always wanted:
“One of the things in my life I’ve always wanted was to be a mom. Sometimes in your life, things just don’t work out for whatever reason, so you say, ├óΓé¼╦£Well, I wasn’t meant to have that.’ But it was really hard to come to terms with it.”
She explained “there was a hole” missing because of it:
“People would say, ├óΓé¼╦£Oh, do you have kids?’ And I’d feel like, ├óΓé¼╦£Ouch.’ I knew inside it was supposed to be for me.”
Now, Hoda is just bursting with love for her daughter:
“It’s one of those things where you think you’ve done it all, you think you’ve felt it all,” she says. “But I just didn’t know that this kind of love existed.”
But before Haley’s arrival, the New Yorker actually dreamed about switching gears and becoming a schoolteacher or head of a summer camp:
“One of the reasons was because I couldn’t have children. Finally I said to myself one day, ├óΓé¼╦£Why can’t I? Why not me?’ I had this ache in me that I couldn’t push away anymore.”
Then there was talking to her boyfriend about it, recalling:
“I was afraid to even say it out loud, because then it felt so real. I said, ├óΓé¼╦£Think about it for a day or a week or whatever.’ And he said, ├óΓé¼╦£I don’t need a day. Let’s get this journey going.’ At that point I blubbered like a baby. It was like the dam burst.”
Although Joel isn’t listed on the adoption papers so the process could be smoother, she admits:
“Haley will call him Dad”.
We couldn’t be happier for the couple!
And it sounds like Hoda is on cloud nine, too:
“I wake up sometimes and go, ├óΓé¼╦£Oh my God, I have a baby!’ But it feels totally real. I guess if you’ve been waiting this long for something, and you wish for it, pray for it, hope for it, wonder if it will ever be, and then it happens, nothing’s more real. Nothing.”
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