While she may be busy with her Today gig and with raising her 2-year-old daughter, Haley Joy, that doesn’t exactly mean that Hoda Kotb is done expanding her family as she recently revealed she’s considering adding more kids to her household.
The TV host had a chat with Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday, March 5, and discussed whether she and her boyfriend, Joel Schiffman, have thought about giving Haley a brother or sister. “We don’t know when, but it is something that is important to me and to Joel,” the 54-year-old said. “We like the idea of Haley [having] a sibling because she has had such interesting circumstances to grow up. So it would be nice to be able to share it with somebody.”
The Dateline NBC alum also talked about her new children’s book, You Are My Happy, and revealed that she wrote the book for her daughter. “She just got a kick out of the bears cuddling,” the broadcast journalist said. “She just thought it was cute because she has a bear she calls Brownie, because we’re very original at our house. She always cuddles up with Brownie so I think she thought it was cute that the mother bear and the baby bear were cuddling together.”
And perhaps another child for Hoda is a thought that is quite serious, especially since it seems she’s always been about motherhood. “I always had this thing inside me like a voice that I couldn’t quiet,” she once said. “It was a voice that [told me I] wanted to be a mom, but I thought it was too late. You can push a voice like that away for a long time but sooner or later it comes back up, and you have to address it. I think the thing we all need to know [is] when your child arrives for you, that child is right on time. So your time may be when you are in your 30s or in your 40s or your 50s, but your child is right on time.”
Hoda once shared with People how excited she was to finally have a child in her life. “I wake up sometimes and go, ‘Oh my God, I have a baby!’ But it feels totally real,” she said at the time. “I guess if you’ve been waiting this long for something, and you wish for it, pray for it, hope for it, wonder if it will ever be, and then it happens, nothing’s more real. Nothing.”
She added, “It’s one of those things where you think you’ve done it all, you think you’ve felt it all,” she added. “But I just didn’t know that this kind of love existed.”