Baby’s first Halloween!
New mom Hoda Kotb posted a festive photo with daughter Haley Joy, 8 months, via Instagram.
“I couldn’t wait!!” the Today anchor, 53, captioned the image of her daughter donning a pumpkin costume.
In May, the adorable tot made her television debut on mama’s morning show.
The new mom surprised fans by bringing her then-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.
In March, the proud mama opened up about the joys of adoption.
“We just stayed in the apartment and ate and slept and burped and took naps, and that’s it,” she said of the first days with her daughter. “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.”
She also opened up about 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,” Kotb shared. “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.”
It’s been a dream come true since she had always privately wanted kids,
“There was a hole,” she admitted. “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.”