"Today Show" host Hoda Kotb recently opened up about her daughter, Haley Joy, whom she adopted earlier this year. The TV personality said she is exhausted but she is in the happiest state of her life.
Kotb attended the 2017 Matrix Awards on Monday evening together with her "Today Show" co-host Kathie Lee Gifford. At the red carpet, the first-time mom said that she is feeling good and joked that her wine time still exists during weekends, E! News shared.
In another interview with "Today," Kotb expressed that Haley Joy is the best thing that happened to her. She revealed that the most surprising thing about being a mom is that even if she is wiped out, she still feels happy.
Aside from her boyfriend, Kotb also got help from her dog, Blake. Kotb said Blake is protective of the baby. The 52-year-old also recounted the time when she went into the shower but forgot to turn on the baby monitor. Blake came to the shower and called her attention. When Kotb followed her pet dog, Blake led her to the baby who was already awake and crying.
When asked about being a working mother, Kotb said she misses Haley Joy when she is not at home. She added, "My mom went to work and said, 'I love you, I'm going to be back, and I'm going to love what I do, and I'm going to come back and love you some more.'"
Kotb also discussed being a stay-at-home mom even if she only experienced it for two months. She gave a shout out to those moms, saying that when she stayed with the baby and did not work, she has never worked that hard in her entire life.
Kotb then advised moms or parents for that matter who felt like they have the worst day. She said she talks to God and thanks Him because a tough day with her daughter is so much better than a perfect day without her.
Moreover, Kotb talked about adoption and she noted that it was the best one she made. She said that there is a way if people really want to have kids and cannot have them the natural way. As for mothers who gave up their kids for adoption, Kotb called such act as brave and beautiful because they gave up their kids for the latter to have a different kind of life.
In the United States, the people who want to adopt should at least meet the requirements such as being stable, mature, dependable, flexible, has the ability to advocate for children and be a team player, AdoptUsKids revealed. Those who live in the U.S. and even those who are outside the country can also adopt children.