This is so exciting! According to a new report, Hoda Kotb is loving new motherhood so much that she’s ready to adopt another baby to give her daughter, Haley Joy Kotb, a little sibling. “She’s working with the same licensed adoption agency as last time. Haley will be a year old soon, and Hoda’s hoping to bring home a new baby shortly after that,” a source close the Today star recently told Radar Online.
The 53-year-old journalist previously adopted Haley in early February as a single mom. However, Hoda later revealed that her longtime boyfriend, NYC financier Joel Schiffman, 59, would help her raise Haley and be a father-figure to the sweet girl. “Haley is the light of both their lives and Hoda would love for her to have a sibling,” the pal revealed. “Hoda’s a great reporter, but motherhood is definitely her calling.” Watch the video below to see Hoda and Haley’s cutest photos!
After bringing Haley home earlier this year, Hoda candidly revealed she’d always wanted to become a mother but was unable to conceive on her own after battling breast cancer back in 2007. “One of the things in my life I’ve always wanted was to be a mom… 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,” she previously said.
But now that Hoda is a parent, she couldn’t be more thrilled. “Hoda can’t believe how lucky she is to be a mom at this stage of her life. She’s saying being a mother is her number-one priority,” the friend told Radar. Now that Hoda is ready to expand her family, she may be ready to tie the knot with Joel as well. Closer Weekly has exclusively learned that the smitten couple — who recently celebrated their fourth dating anniversary — are finally talking about marriage.
“She never wanted to pressure Joel into doing anything. She was stunned when he suggested she and Haley move in with him,” a source recently told us. “They had long discussions about the future. Joel told Hoda he wants to marry her and raise Haley. Of course, she was thrilled.” Hoda’s marriage to Joel would be her second as she was previously hitched to University of New Orleans tennis coach Burzis Kanga from 2005 until 2007. We’re so happy for you, Hoda!