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Hoda Kotb’s Daughter Makes Television Debut

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On Friday morning, Hoda Kotb‘s daughter Haley Joy made her live television debut on the Today show.

The new mom, 52, surprised fans by bringing her 12-week-old baby on the show.

“We’ve got another Mother’s Day surprise for you,” said Matt Lauer. “This is probably going to be trending in about a nanosecond — #HaleyJoy!”

The proud mama held her daughter and said, “Hi little girl!” as Lauer, Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie and Carson Daly all gushed over the tot.

“So this is the love of our lives,” said Guthrie. “Look at how strong [she is]! She’s holding her head up.”

Lauer added: “Have you ever seen cheeks like that?”

The proud mama said, “Okay, can I just say something? I’m holding my baby on Mother’s Day weekend. I’m so happy.”

Guthrie added: “Haley, do you know you have the best Momma in the world?”

Kotb surprised fans when she announced on Feb. 21 that she had adopted Haley, who was born on Feb. 14.

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Hoda Kotb’s Adoption Joy: ‘I’ve Always Wanted To Be A Mom’

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New mom Hoda Kotb covers the latest issue of PEOPLE and opens up about adopting her newborn daughter Haley Joy.

On her adoption joy: “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! It’s one of those things where you think you’ve done it all, you think you’ve felt it all. But I just didn’t know that this kind of love existed.”

On her previous battle with breast cancer that left her unable to conceive: “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, ‘Well, I wasn’t meant to have that.’ But it was really hard to come to terms with it.”

On privately always wanting kids: “There was a hole. People would say, ‘Oh, do you have kids?’ And I’d feel like, ‘Ouch.’ I knew inside it was supposed to be for me. One of the reasons was because I couldn’t have children. Finally I said to myself one day, ‘Why can’t I? Why not me?’ I had this ache in me that I couldn’t push away anymore.”

On first discussing adopting with her boyfriend of three years Joel Schiffman: “I was afraid to even say it out loud, because then it felt so real. I said, ‘Think about it for a day or a week or whatever.’ And he said, ‘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.”

On adopting Haley as a single mom: “Haley will call him Dad… I wake up sometimes and go, ‘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.”

For more from Hoda, go to PEOPLE

Source: Hoda Kotb’s Adoption Joy: ‘I’ve Always Wanted To Be A Mom’

Hoda Kotb Adopts First Child: Haley Joy

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Congratulations are in order for Hoda Kotb.

The Today anchor, 52, revealed on Tuesday that she adopted daughter Haley Joy — born on Feb. 14.

“She’s a Valentine’s baby,” Kotb gushed on Today. “She’s is the love of my life.”

And Kotb’s mother said, “we’ve been waiting a long time for you.”

Kotb’s Today cohosts were all tears while congratulating the new mom.

“This little girl Haley is the luckiest girl,” said Matt Lauer. “You’re going to be one of the most fantastic moms I can ever imagine. ”

Kathie Lee Gifford said, “We are thrilled for you. You were made to be a mom.”

Joked Carson Daly, “You’re going to be an incredible mother. You thought you drank a lot of wine before? Just wait.”

Source: Hoda Kotb Adopts First Child: Haley Joy

Carter Oosterhouse’s Football Hold

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Trading Spaces star Carter Oosterhouse is practicing his football hold.

“Daddy’s first Super Bowl at home in 15 years! @carterooster,” wife Amy Smart Instagrammed the image of the HGTV star, 40, feeding his newborn daughter Flora.

The new dad also posted a photo via Instagram.

“Babies running our life..@smarthouse26 @billheuisler,” he wrote.

The Just Friends actress, 40, and Oosterhouse welcomed their first child via gestational carrier.

“One month ago today, Dec. 26th our amazing beautiful daughter came into this world. Feeling so grateful to have her in my arms… after years of fertility struggles I give thanks today to our kind, loving surrogate for carrying her,” the new mom recently captioned an image with her baby girl.

On New Year’s Day, Smart and Oosterhouse announced their daughter’s arrival.

Daddy’s first Super Bowl at home in 15 years! @carterooster 🏈

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Babies running our life..@smarthouse26 @billheuisler A photo posted by Carter Oosterhouse (@carterooster) on

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