via By Scott Stump/NBC:
Hoda Kotb has adopted a second child!
The TODAY co-anchor made the heartwarming announcement during a phone interview on Tuesday that she has adopted a baby girl named Hope Catherine, which means daughter Haley Joy, 2, has become a big sister.
“I’m feeding her and I can’t believe it,” a tearful Hoda said. “I’m so happy she’s here!”
It’s only been a few days, but Haley Joy has already embraced her new role.
“This morning at breakfast (Haley) was trying to feed (Hope) her raspberries and I was like, ‘Not yet, babe,”’ Hoda joked. “She was literally marching around saying, ‘I’m a big sister!”’
As the TODAY anchors dabbed tears after hearing the news, Hoda spoke about having room in her heart to raise another child with boyfriend Joel Schiffman.
“You know what’s funny? You think that you’re full,” she said. “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.'”
“It’s amazing. I can’t believe it’s happening.”
Schiffman has been right alongside Hoda with tears of joy since Hope arrived.