'The Baby's Right On Time' Hoda Kotb Talks About What It's Like Having A Child In Her 50s

Date April 10, 2018

Not a lot of women would like the idea of starting their motherhood journey in their 50s but that's exactly what TODAY show host, Hoda Kotb, chose to do and it turned out to be the best decision for her.

Kotb has certainly gone through a lot. She has been married and gotten divorced. She also survived breast cancer. At the time, it seemed like everything was falling apart and she felt a little bit stuck.


In 2017, the TV host became a mother when she chose to adopt a little baby girl named Haley Joy. She and her boyfriend, Joel Schiffman, are raising their daughter together.

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A few months later, she got the co-anchoring job on the 'Today Show' after Matt Lauer was fired over allegations of sexual misconduct. This meant Kotb and Savannah Guthrie became the hosts of the show.


The direction her path began to take inspired Kotb to publish her first children's book. The book is titled 'I've Loved You Since Forever' and it is written as a beautiful love letter to her daughter - a way to celebrate the bond between parent and child.

"I never thought I'll be a mom," Kotb said while speaking to TODAY about the changes she has been experiencing.

I’m 52 years old and I have a baby. That baby is right on time.


She went on to explain that when it comes to the blessings in life, everyone's timing is different. The good things often come unexpectedly and after a lot of waiting, but at the end of the day, it all happens at the right time.

Kotb also talked about having to let go of her dreams of having a child a while ago. She had to accept that with great friends and a fruitful career, she had all she needed.

But I don’t know if you’ve ever had something that you’ve wanted so badly and you keep pushing it away and you keep saying, ‘You know what? It’s OK.’ And one day you can’t do it anymore and you say, ‘Why not me?

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She encourages others to be open to embracing their blessings. She said:

I’m feeling things at 53 for the first time. Who gets a first-time feeling at 53?


Her story really is an inspiration to all that anything is possible. And it's never too late for dreams to come true.

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Source: TODAY