Hoda Kotb Reveals ‘I Understand Why I’m On Earth’ Since Becoming a Mother
Hoda Kotb, 54, had it all, a rising career on the Today show, her loving longtime partner Joel Schiffman, and a network of loving and supportive friends. But something was still missing for the co-anchor and it kept gnawing at Kotb, she wanted so dearly to be a mother.
Already into her 50’s, she felt that window of opportunity had closed for her. Thanks to actress Sandra Bullock for inspiration, Hoda dove into the adoption process and in doing so she welcomed her daughter Hailey in 2017 who is now 17-months old.
“I was at a point where things were not in my favor," she recalls. “Every time I had a pang like, ‘I wish I could,’ I pushed it away. I felt if she could do it, it could be done, she says of Bullock." All of a sudden, I thought, ‘Why not me?’" confesses the host of NBC’s Today. “I wanted it to go from a dream, a wish, a prayer to a reality."
Hoda now has inspired people from all over who thought their hopes of having a family was no longer an option. She admits she is moved to tears when others like her approach her on the street and thank her for being a vision for a dream they had given up on. “One of the best things is when people come up and say, “I’m adopting. I thought it was too late for me, too." I’m moved to tears. I’ve made so many choices but none was more important or monumental. It’s the best one and I just saved it for later in my life."
It wasn’t until Hoda Kotb became a mother that she realized her true calling in life. Always work driven, she found her purpose in life through her work but that all has changed for the mother since adopting Hailey. “My whole life, my career has been riding shotgun with me. But now, with Haley, it feels like, for the first time, I can see clearly. I understand my purpose. I understand why I’m on this earth. All of a sudden, the most exciting part of the day is after work when I’m holding her. Not when I’m interviewing someone, even if it’s Beyoncé!
Hoda admits being an older parent comes with different concerns than a younger parent may have and one of them is her concern that Hailey won’t be alone when she gets older.
She goes on to reveal that adopting a second time around isn’t off the table. “Never say never. I don’t want Haley to ever be by herself. When you’re an older parent, you think about those things more than you would if you were in your 20s. I always say, if it’s meant to be, it’ll just happen. I’ll just put it out in the universe and see what happens."