Hoda Kotb knows how to keep things under wraps. The TODAY cohost called in to the NBC morning show on Tuesday, April 16, to reveal that she had adopted a second baby.
“It’s a girl!” Kotb, 54, declared after co-anchor Savannah Guthrie teased that the show had some exclusive news to reveal.
“I can’t believe it,” Kotb shared. “I mean, look: In your life, you think maybe you’ve gotten what you deserve. But man, I’m so happy she’s here.”
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) April 16, 2019
The little girl named Hope Catherine joins big sister Haley Joy, 2, who the TV personality adopted in 2017.
“You know what’s funny? You think you’re full,” Kotb said of raising two children with longtime boyfriend Joel Schiffman. “That’s exactly how I felt with Haley and Joel and everything. Joel and I were standing there when they hand you the baby, and it’s the closest thing to a live birth you’ll ever see, but in that moment, I was like, ‘Oh, my God. My heart just grew.’”
Kotb also shared that she had wanted to adopt a second child for a while. “In my heart, I was like, ‘Please, God, I hope this is something you can anticipate for me,’” she said. “To get the call is so mind-blowing. You can’t believe someone’s saying, ‘Come and get her. She’s here.’ It’s amazing.”
Prior to sharing the news of her growing family, Kotb teased the adoption on Monday with an Instagram post that said, “Choose Hope.”