Hoda Kotb Shares Details On Her New Baby Daughter, Hope Catherine | TODAY

Hoda Kotb Shares Details On Her New Baby Daughter, Hope Catherine | TODAY


I HOPE Y’ALL HAVE SEEN THE NEWS, AND IF YOU HAVEN’T, WE ARE HAPPY TO SHARE IT.>>YEAH.>>HODA SHARED THIS MORNING THAT SHE HAS ADOPTED A BIBBY GIRL. HER NAME IS HOPE KATHERINE.>>YES.>>AND OUR HEARTS ARE FILLED WITH.>>>AND I HOPE Y’ALL FEEL THAT SAME FEELING. HOPE IS A NAME THAT IS SO BEAUTIFUL.>>IT SPEAKS TO EVERYTHING THAT HODA IS AND EVERYTHING THAT SHE HAS BEEN WORKING FOR, AND THIS DAY HAS BEEN IN HER HEART FOR SUCH A LONG TIME.>>YES.>>AND NOW IT’S HERE. SHE’S GOT HER LITTLE BABY GIRL. HER FAMILY OF FOUR IS COMPLETE.>>AND WE HAVE HODA ON THE PHONE. HODA!>>OKAY. I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU JUST SAID A FAMILY OF FOUR.>>I KNOW.>>YOU HAVE KIDS.>>WILD.>>YOU HAVE KIDS PLURAL.>>YOU ARE A FAMILY OF FOUR. OKAY.>>HODA, YOU HAVE TO TELL US ABOUT WHAT THESE LITTLE SISSIES ARE LIKE.>>OKAY. THEY ARE INCREDIBLE — I CAN HEAR MYSELF IN MY EAR, BUT MAYBE SOMEONE CAN FIX IT, BUT THEY ARE AMAZING. I MEAN, I WAS WATCHING HALEY WITH HER, AND I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT THAT WAS GOING TO MEAN OR HOW IT WAS GOING TO WORK, AND WE’VE BEEN SAYING HOPE IS COMING. HOPE IS COMING FOR THE LAST FEW DAYS. WE WALKED IN, AND I GOT TO TELL YOU, GUYS, MAN. WATCHING HEALY WITH HER. SHE LITERALLY WRAPPED HER ARMS AROUND THIS LITTLE GIRL AND I’M STILL — I’M STANDING IN THE MIDDLE OF MY LIVING ROOM RIGHT NOW. SHE’S SLEEPING IN THE BASSINET RIGHT HERE NEXT TO ME AND I KEEP LOOKING LIKE SHE’S RIGHT THERE, LIKE SHE’S WRAPPED UP LIKE A BABY BURRITO. SHE’S HERE IN OUR HOUSE. IT’S THE COOLEST THING EVER.>>YOU KNOW. A COUPLE MONTHS AGO WHEN YOU HAD YOUR CHILDREN’S BOOK OUT, YOU PUT IT OUT INTO THE WORLD. YOU HAD TOLD US THAT YOU WANTED THIS, THAT YOU ENVISIONED THIS BABY IN YOUR LIFE. YOU PUT IT OUT IN THE WORLD, AND I THOUGHT TO MYSELF, LIKE HOW BRAVE BECAUSE WE CAN’T CONTROL THESE THINGS, YOU KNOW.>>I KNOW.>>SO NOW THAT IT’S HERE, DO YOU FEEL LIKE OH, MY GOSH! IT’S HAPPENED.>>YOU KNOW WHAT’S SO FUNNY ABOUT THIS. I MEAN, MY HEART IS LIKE EXPLODING, BUT I REMEMBER, SAVANNAH, I WAS AT AN EVENT WITH YOU, AND I REMEMBER YOU SAID SOMETHING TO ALL THESE KIDS. THEY WERE YOUNG BUDDING, YOU KNOW, WHATEVER THEY WANTED TO BE, AND YOU SAID SAY IT OUT LOUD EVEN IF YOU WHISPER. EVEN IF YOU JUST SAY IT TO YOURSELF OUT LOUD BUT SAY IT OUT LOUD AND IT CHANGES EVERYTHING, AND I HAVE TO TELL YOU, SAYING IT OUT LOUD WHEN IT CAME TO HOPE WAS A HARD THING TO DO BECAUSE I WANTED IT SO BADLY. I FELT LIKE WHEN SOMEONE ASKED ME, THEY COULD SEE IT IN MY EYES. THEY KNEW, IT AND I SAID, WELL, IT’S NOT UP TO ME. IT’S UP TO GOD. IF IT’S MEANT TO BE, IT WILL COME, BUT MY HEART WAS, I LIKE, PLEASE, GOD, I HOPE THAT THIS IS SOMETHING THAT YOU ANTICIPATE FOR ME, AND — AND THEN TO GET THE CALL, IT’S LIKE SO MIND-BLOWING. LIKE YOU CAN’T BELIEVE SOMEONE SAYING LIKE COME AND GET HER. LIKE SHE’S HERE. IT’S AMAZING.>>IT’S INCREDIBLE, AND SHE HAS SUCH A PERFECT NAME BECAUSE SHE’S LIKE THE EMBODIMENT OF HOPE, THE WAY YOU ARE.>>YES.>>BECAUSE ALL THESE WEEKS AND MONTHS AND MAYBE IT’S EVEN BEEN YEARS, HODA, WE’VE KNOWN IT’S IN YOUR HEART TO HAVE ANOTHER BABY COME, AND, I MEAN, LOTS OF TIMES I THINK ABOUT IT, AND I DON’T KNOW WHERE IT IS IN THE PROCESS, AND TO CONTINUE TO HOPE IS LIKE THE GREATEST COURAGE, AND I LOVE SEEING YOUR HOPE ANSWERED, AND YOUR HOPE FULFILLED. WHEN YOU TOLD ME HER NAME, I CAN’T TAKE IT. I CANNOT TAKE IT. IT’S JUST SO PERFECT AND IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL.>>YES, TELL US ABOUT THE NAME BECAUSE CATHERINE, DID YOU SEE THAT CATHERINE AND KAREN, HODA’S BEST FRIEND BECAUSE HODA TALKS ABOUT HER INCESSANTLY. THEY WERE HERE IN TOWN. TELL US ABOUT HER NAME AND WHAT IT WAS LIKE THAT YOUR BEST FRIEND HAPPENED TO BE THERE.>>WAIT. DO YOU WANT TO HEAR HER? WAIT. SHE’S CRYING. HI, LITTLE ONE. CAN YOU HEAR ME? SHE’S LIKE THE BEST CHILD. YOU KNOW.>>PUT US ON.>>SHE WILL CRY.>>THE NAME CAME BECAUSE I THINK, LOOK, THERE ARE A LOT OF WOMEN OUT THERE — I HEAR YOU — THERE ARE A LOT OF WOMEN OUT THERE THAT ARE HOPING THEIR DAY IS COMING, TOO, AND I KNOW THE FEELING OF IT NOT HAPPENING FOR A LONG TIME, AND I FEEL LIKE SOMETIMES IT’S MEANT TO HAPPEN IT WILL, AND SO I WAS JUST — THEY TOLD ME AT THE ADOPTION AGENCY TO WAIT WISELY. THEY SAID DON’T COUNT THE DAYS, DON’T WONDER, AND TRUST ME I FEEL LIKE I’M OVERFLOWING WITH GOODNESS, SO WHEN THE CALL CAME, AND THEY SAID TO COME GET HER, I RACED THERE, AND WE HAD ALREADY THOUGHT OF A NAME, JOEL AND I HAD, AND — AND WE HAVE BEEN LIKE HOPE IS IN MY JOURNAL ABOUT SO MILLION TIMES SINCE I WAS WRITING FOR HER, AND — AND CATHERINE IS MY BEST FRIEND’S DAUGHTER NAME, AND IT JUST SO HAPPENS THAT THIS WEEKEND WHEN SHE WAS BORN WHEN WE GOT HER IT WAS ALSO JOHN’S BIRTHDAY, MY BEST FRIEND’S HUSBAND WHO PASSED, AND THEY SAID THAT THEY PROMISED HIM THAT THEY WOULD COME TO NEW YORK AND GO TO YANKEE STADIUM TO A BASEBALL GAME FOR HIM ON HIS FIRST BIRTHDAY IN HEAVEN, SO IT WAS A VERY EMOTIONAL TIME FOR ALL OF US, AND I SAID TO CATHERINE, I SAID, YOU KNOW, YOU’RE THE STRONGEST KID I KNOW, SO I — SO I WANTED TO NAME HER AFTER CATHERINE.>>WE’RE PULLING DOWN THE KLEENEX BOX. I’M SO GLAD, BECAUSE THIS IS SO BEAUTIFUL BECAUSE THERE IS DEATH AND THERE IS LIFE, AND WE HAVE A BABY HOPE IN OUR FAMILY. WHAT DOES YOUR — YOU LOVE BEING YOUR SISTER IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PARTS OF YOUR LIFE. NOW YOU HAVE SISTERS. WHAT DOES SHE THINK, AND YOUR MOM MUST BE GOING CRAZE, TOO.>>MY MOM IS ON THE WAY. SHE SHOULD BE HERE ANY MINUTE. I’M MEETING HER AT THE DAY. SHE’S ON HER WAY. LIKE HAVING A SISTER TO GO THROUGH LIFE WITH IS SO IMPORTANT, AND I ALSO KNOW, LOOK, JOEL AND I ARE OLDER PARENTS, LIKE I — I WANTED HER TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE WAS SOMEBODY TO WITNESS HER LIFE, YOU KNOW.>>OH, GOSH. WE CAN’T CONTROL OURSELVES. WE’RE HAVING A MELTDOWN.>>IT’S TRUE. I KNOW THAT WE ALL THINK ABOUT THAT, HODA, YOU AND I HAVE TALKED ABOUT THAT A LOT OF TIMES I.ALWAYS TELL MY KIDS AND I TOLD HOPE ON SUNDAY. I TOLD HALEY. YOU KNOW WHAT A SISTER IS, RIGHT, IT’S A BEST FRIEND FOR LIFE, AND IT’S JUST SOMEBODY TO DO LIFE WITH, AND HOW BEAUTIFUL THAT THEY HAVE EACH OTHER, AND, I MEAN, HALEY SOUNDS LIKE SHE’S JUST ROLLING WITH THE PUNCHES SO FAR. SHE’S LOVING IT.>>BY THE WAY, SHE WAS ACTUALLY SLEEPING UNDERNEATH HER BASSINET. IT’S THE CUTEST THING I’VE EVER SEEN. HOPE HERE, I’M DOWN HERE. YOU’RE DOWN THERE, OKAY.>>TAKE ALL THESE NOTES. I GOT A TEXT LAST NIGHT, EVERY TIME YOU TEXTED OR CALLED OR ANYTHING, IT’S LIKE TEARS LIKE YOU WOULDN’T BELIEVE. IT’S ACTUALLY EMBARRASSING, BUT WHEN YOU SAID LIKE I DON’T WANT THIS MOMENT TO END. I’M LIKE WRITE IT ALL DOWN.>>I KNOW.>>WRITE EVERY MOMENT.>>BY THE WAY, I WISH YOU COULD SEE RIGHT NOW I HAVE A JOURNAL OPEN ON MY TABLE, AND WHEN SHE’S NOT — WHEN SHE’S SLEEPING I’M SCRIBBLING BECAUSE I WANTED HER JUST TO KNOW EVERYTHING. LIKE I PLAN ON GIVING IT TO HER, AND ONE DAY SHE WILL KNOW HOW MUCH WE DREAMT ABOUT HER AND I SAY TO HALEY ALL THE TIME THAT YOU DIDN’T COME FROM MOMMY’S TUMMY, AND I SAID YOU CAME FROM MOMMY’S — AND SHE LOOKS AT ME AND SAYS HEART.>>WE CAN’T TAKE ONE MINUTE MORE.>>SERIOUSLY. WE’LL HAVE TO GO TO COSTCO AND GET AT CARTON OF KLEENEXES. IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL, HODA. THERE IS JUST NO ONE ON EARTH AS FAR AS I’M CONCERNED WHO IS MORE RICHLY DESERVING AND MORE CAPABLE OF LOVE THAN YOU, AND WHEN I THINK ABOUT YOU NESTING IN YOUR HOUSE AND YOUR BABIES ALL AROUND YOU, I THINK YOU’RE IN HEAVEN RIGHT NOW. I REALLY THINK YOU’RE IN HEAVEN.>>IT’S THE BEST. I WISH I COULD BE DRINKING WITH YOU.>>WE’LL COME OVER AND BRING WINE.>>YOU HAVE IMPORTANT THINGS TO DO LIKE TAKE CARE OF THAT BABY HOPE. BY THE WAY, WE WANT YOU TO ENJOY EVERY SINGLE MOMENT.>>I WILL.>>I KNOW WE JUST STARTED A NEW SHOW. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT. WHO CARES.>>WHO CARES.>>I’M NOT WORRIED ABOUT IT.>>THE SHOW WILL BE HERE.>>I’LL HOLD DOWN THE FORT. YOU WILL BE MISSED.>>HAVE FUN.>>ENJOY EVERY MOMENT WITH THAT BEAUTIFUL BABY.>>I WILL.>>YOU GUYS, HAVE FUN.>>WE LOVE.>>YOU ALSO, WE’RE COMING OVER.>>YEAH, TODAY!>>LET US KNOW IF WE CAN BRING SOMETHING.>>GOOD-BYE, YOU GUYS. LOVE YOU.>>OKAY.>>LOVE YOU.>>I CAN’T. [ APPLAUSE ]>>Y’ALL SHOULD SEE HOW BELOVED HODA IS HERE. EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN THIS ROOM IS EITHER CRYING OR LAUGHING, THRILLED WITH HOPE CATHERINE.>>YOU KNOW THE REACTION WHEN PEOPLE WERE HEARING THAT HODA HAD ANOTHER BABY. YOU KNOW WHEN LIKE OPRAH GIVES OUT A FREE CAR IN THE AUDIENCE AND EVERYBODY IS LIKE YES! THAT’S HOW IT WAS. THAT’S HOW WE FEEL.>>LIKE 100 GIFTS OR

67 thoughts on “Hoda Kotb Shares Details On Her New Baby Daughter, Hope Catherine | TODAY

  1. Congrats. Maybe this new life will help you not to miss Cathy and the time you take away from the job. This is God's blessing to you and Haley.

  2. Does hoda have a life partner/ love. ? She seems like such a intelligent, kind,patient,warm person I really am so happy for her

  3. What is she a racist don't she like boys why didn't she adopt the boy she already had the girl what do you got against boys hoedown

  4. I'm so thrilled for Hoda!!!! She didn't think this would ever happen for her & now she has two wonderful daughters!! You're blessed times two! Enjoy & ignore the haters. Some of the comments are so disgusting. If you don't care or disagree, why are you wasting your time & brain cells commenting? You're only making yourselves look bad by posting those ignorant, rude comments. So what if she's in her fifties? There is a need for homes for children out there & she's helped four children. Yes four, the two she gave homes to & she made room in the agency for two more to come in for placement. I don't see anyone talking about how old her partner is & I believe he's older than her, but then again, it's always one sided in these conversations. For all you know, they can live to be 100 but the young parents could, God forbid, walk outside & get hit by a bus. What makes a good parent is love, not age.

  5. I really don't agree with single people adopting children just because they have the money…it's always about the money

  6. Hoda is not fit to have a kid. Hoda is mentally unstable and a drunk. On top of that, the old fart Hoda will be in a retirement home in less that 5 years.

    These kids need to be taken away from Hoda ASAP!!!!!!!

    I'd go 'greek' on Hoda with a bag on her face!—>Bill Clinton

  7. Congratulations you deserve it Hoda I'm so happy for you and Joel you will be the best mama 💖💗💟💖💗💟💖💗💟

  8. Crying extra because if you know Jenna and her story, when she said ‘there is death, and there is life’ I started bawling so hard

  9. Good for Hods, having two little ones now! And sweet that her pals on Today rejoice with and for her. ❤️

    And what a shame that so many people make such unkind comments.

  10. "Hoda's on maternity leave and she's doing well. what has this world come to. Hoda didn't have that child (both) she went out and adopted.

  11. Hoda is a beautiful mom! Now with two beautiful little daughters and a wonderful partner your life is complete! Congrats and much happiness in the future.

  12. Sister's should be best friends for life! My sister has hated me since I drew my first breath….I am 67 now, so I'm not holding my breath…sad…

  13. Congratulations Hoda mama! You have so much love to give , those little girls are so luck to have you as their mommy! You deserve all the happiness in the world! Good luck Hoda mama! Love you and God Bless your little family 🙏🏻❤️💋

  14. Jenna speaks and looks like her mom ,with her dad's emotions. 😆 I thought Laura was on the show when listening.

  15. Very happy for Hoda & her family. That's great news. Many happy healthy years to all!

    But I have to ask because it seems to happen all the time now. What's up with Savannah Guthrie & Jenna Bush? No kidding. I almost never watch the Today Show anymore, but whenever I do, these two are crying about something. Seriously. And I get it, I really do. Some things are totally worth crying over or for. But these 2 ALWAYS seem to be blubbering about something. Good grief. Tears again, really? The fact that the green light turned red is NOT a good reason to burst into tears. When you cry ALL the time, it sort of loses its significance.

  16. Way to go Hoda… That little one is lucky she has someone to love her… Not many kids get that chance… Some are aged out of the adoption system…. There are kids that need good mom's, Dads couples to love them and take good care of them.. My mom gave up her child to adoption when she was young.. Years later I found out I had a half sister and was adopted by a loving family… But birth mom and daughter were able to reconnect and my mom was able to get closure before her death in 2013…. There are kids that need good families… Happy for her…

  17. My husband and unfortunately cannot have children of our own and we get really sad sometimes when we other couples with their children. We don’t know if adoption would be an option because of our situation. I just know that we want nothing more then to be someone’s mommy and daddy. So we pray and hope we get that opportunity.

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