Koda Kotb Adopts Girl She Named Hope Catherine


Hoda Kotb is officially a mom times two!

We couldn't be more thrilled for the Today co-anchor after she announced via phone on Tuesday morning's episode that she has adopted a second child: a daughter named Hope Catherine Kotb!

Kotb shared photos and details about her baby girl in an interview with Savannah Guthrie and her other co-hosts. The baby's name is Hope Catherine Kotb and she joins big sister Haley Joy, 2. "He looked at me and said, 'I don't need a day, '" Kotb said. Cue waterworks from the rest of the TODAY family who couldn't be happier for her. Hoda went on to talk about the sweet moment Hayley found out that she was really, truly now a big sister. Kotb reports that Haley has happily taken to her new role as big sis, marching around saying, "I'm a big sister!" and even trying to feed her own breakfast to her newborn sister. "I'm feeding her and I can't believe it". Kotb recalled, "I stopped for a minute". And it's the closest thing to a live birth I think you'll ever see. "In that moment I was like, my heart just grew!"

A battle with breast cancer 10 years ago left her unable to conceive and her two-year marriage to tennis coach Burzis Kanga fell apart a year after her recovery.

"One of the things in my life I've always wanted was to be a mom", Kotb told People in 2017.

"Finally I said to myself one day, 'Why can't I?"

Kotb didn't hold back the tears when her Today co-workers asked how she's feeling: "You think that you're full. It felt nearly selfish", Kotb explained. "But it feels totally real". "We hoped and prayed about this".