We grew to know and love Jenna Bush Hager for her genuine and authentic nature as one of the former first daughters of the president of the United States. But ever since her dad, George W. Bush, left office in 2009, the TV personality has paved quite the successful career for herself — most recently making her debut as a full-time cohost on the fourth hour of Today after replacing NBC legend Kathie Lee Gifford.
Besides being a passionate TV host, journalist and children’s book author — among many other titles she holds — the 37-year-old is most importantly the loving wife to her husband, Henry Hager, and the incredible mom to their two girls, Margaret “Mila” Hager and Poppy Louise Hager.
The Texas native became the proud mom when she first welcomed 5-year-old Mila into the world in 2013. The Hagers weren’t a family-of-three for long, though. The loving couple then expanded their brood just two years later when their second bundle of joy, 3-year-old Poppy, arrived in 2015.
To kick off her debut as a full-time cohost during her first episode on Monday, April 8, Jenna was welcomed with a few messages from those who mean the most to her. As the episode aired, the former first daughter watched a series of sweet messages play out from her dad, mother Laura Bush, her mother-in-law, Margaret Hager and her fraternal twin sister, Barbara Pierce Bush.
As if that wasn’t enough to pull on her heartstrings, the Sisters First author was totally caught off-guard when her hubby and kids took the stage carrying roses for their superstar wife and mama. “I’m a wreck,” the mom-of-two said as Henry surprised her with Mila and Poppy, who were dressed adorably in matching ensembles.
While it probably would’ve taken the cake for cutest Today segment, that wasn’t the first time we’ve seen Jenna’s sweet daughters on set of the Today show. In late February, she welcomed her two girls onto the show when Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger — the airline pilot who landed a plane in the Hudson River in New York City in 2009 after both engines were disabled by a bird strike — met the late George H.W. Bush‘s service dog, Sully.
“Sully meet his namesake, Sully! And Mila and Poppy got to hold his paw one more time,” Jenna captioned a video she shared on Instagram of the heartwarming encounter. With Jenna around for good, we look forward to getting to see more of her adorable kiddos!