The 53-year-old news anchor adopted her daughter in February of 2017 and has said since welcoming Haley into her life she “learned what it really meant to be in love.”
In the voiceover for her tribute to her baby girl Hoda admits, “At 52, I thought I had seen all the love I would ever need, or want, or desire in my life, and then you arrived. And everything changed.”
“You gave me a new birthday, a day when I feel like I was born. I learned what it really meant to be in love, to look into your eyes and fall madly, deeply, completely in love. My heart in my chest explodes when I see you.”
Hoda Kotb goes on to talk about her daughter’s infectious smile that tugs at her heartstrings every time, “Haley that smile, that smile…it’s an easy smile and it comes from deep down. You remind me that joy is right in front of you.”
The journalist also reveals, before Haley, work was the most important thing for her, “I used to think work was the most important thing in the world, I just did. But I didn’t know what really mattered until you came along,” she said.
And Hoda never lost faith when she was waiting for Haley. She recalled in the video,”When I was waiting for you, hoping for you, wishing for you, I wrote down, ‘I’ve loved you since forever, “because I knew you were out there somewhere, and we were going to find each other. And sometimes all you can do is pray, hope, wish, want, dream, and then wait.”
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Hoda who released her new children book I’ve Loved you Since Forever on Tuesday dedicates the book to parents like herself, for the people that weren’t sure if they were going to have children of their own someday.
“I guess the book is for anyone who has waited a long time, and I guess, wondered if they have missed their chance, sort of,’ she said.