Haley Joy could soon be a big sis! Hoda Kotb adopted daughter Haley as a newborn back in February 2017, and now the Today anchor is itching for another baby. “She’s ready to fulfill her dream of adopting a baby boy,” an insider recently revealed to Life & Style.
Hoda, 53, has started exploring her options, the insider revealed. Of course, her career has gotten busy with her recent promotion into Matt Lauer’s former Today seat, but her boyfriend of four years, Joel Schiffman, 59, is eager to help out at home. “He thinks they made the best decision ever by adopting Haley,” the insider said. “Having a baby in the house has made them better people and a stronger couple. That’s why they added the name Joy. Hoda jokes that she should add the middle name Joy to their son’s name, too!”
This isn’t the first time the new mom has reportedly opened up about wanting another baby — she’s been discussing it since October 2017! “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 to the Today star previously told Radar Online.
Hoda and her longtime love, Joel, have been raising Haley together, and they are both ready for another little one in the house. “Haley is the light of both their lives and Hoda would love for her to have a sibling,” the friend revealed. “Hoda’s a great reporter, but motherhood is definitely her calling. 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.”
And Hoda agrees! “One of the things in my life I’ve always wanted was to be a mom… There was a hole [in my life]. People would say, ‘Oh, do you have kids?’ And I’d feel like, ‘Ouch.’ I knew inside it was supposed to be for me.” she previously said.
“I wake up sometimes and go, ‘Oh my God, I have a baby!’ But it feels totally real,” Hoda gushed. “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. 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.” So sweet!