Hoda Kotb Returns On Today Show, But Not Before Making Tearful Confession No One Knew
FaithTap Staff 4/19/2017
Hoda Kotb is back on the Today show, but not before bringing fans to tears with her latest confession. Even though Hoda's absence from Studio 1A over the past two months has been noticeable, she's been busy filling a void in her heart. The only thing that could remedy that "something's missing" feeling for Hoda is the always adorable Haley Joy, her adopted daughter.
Hoda took a couple of months off from work to bond with her baby girl after she was born. On her first day back to work, instead of prepping for her upcoming interview, she was oohing and ahhing over her baby's beautiful pictures on her phone. She even earned herself the new nickname "Hoda Mama" from co-host Kathie Lee Gifford.
"I should be studying notes and stuff, but can I tell you what I'm doing? I'm looking at baby pictures!"
Hoda adopted Haley Joy, but she's been glowing ever since she learned about the baby needing a forever family. Hoda has always been charismatic on camera, but now she's absolutely radiant, all because of her newfound role as mom.
"You think that by a certain stage in your life, I've had every experience I'm going to have, and then all of a sudden she shows up. I felt like, in my life, I've had joy beyond what I could imagine, but this is beyond like a dream. Like you have your dreams, and then this. I've never believed in love at first sight until now."
Hoda had entertained thoughts about becoming a mom, but after her marriage ended and her battle with cancer, she didn't think motherhood was in the cards for her. But then, she changed her mind.
"I've always had this feeling inside that I wanted a baby, but I thought I was too late. I was divorced, I had had cancer, and you just think, 'OK. I don't get everything, and it's OK.' And then, all the sudden, you look around and you go, 'Well, why not me?'"
So Hoda contacted an adoption agency, swam upstream against the flow of paperwork and eagerly awaited her chance to become a mommy. She clearly recalls the minute she received that fateful phone call from the adoption agency. She even marked the moment by writing down the exact time of the call: 11:54 a.m.
"One day, I'm sitting in my dressing room. I was FaceTiming with somebody for a work thing and my phone buzzed. For the adoption, I had the word 'project' written in my phone ... and I saw it said 'project,' like, someone from the project was texting me.
I sat in my office, and I took a pen and I wrote down '11:54 a.m.' Like I knew that was the moment my life was going to change, so I scribbled it down and I dialed the phone. And the woman on the other end said, 'She's here.' Like... that's all. 'She's here.' And that was it. And everything changed."
After waiting so long for that bundle to be placed in her arms, Hoda says she embraces the diaper explosions, the dog throwing up on the carpet at the same time the baby's crying, and the lack of sleep. She wouldn't trade those crazy hectic days for anything now that she's had a taste of motherhood and the overwhelming love it brings.
"I'll take the bad ones. I would have begged for that kind of a day, if I could just have a child."
One such occasion occurred when Hoda and Haley took the airways. Haley was happily perched on Hoda's lap and began making "that face." You know, the one where you know something stinky and bad is about to come out the other end of your sweet baby. Hoda had a fleeting panic attack, but got through the ordeal just fine.
"So she starts to do the face, and we are on the ascent, and I'm like, 'Oh, God! No. No.' I don't know what to do and I'm already panicking, and there it comes in its full glory. Most people were sniffing and wondering if the old man in front of me had let one go."
Grab a tissue as Hoda describes her journey of wonder and joy in becoming a new mom.
Hoda's fans are happy she's returned to the Today show, but Hoda is even happier now that she's a mom. We're thrilled for her newfound joy and can't wait to keep seeing more photos of the precious Haley Joy.
Sources: Today, Today FB Image Credit: Facebook/Today Show