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gay, gay birthday to you, Hoda Kotb!
The nowadays display host turns 53 nowadays, and while she will surely be showered in gifts, cake, candles and wine (obviously), nothing can beat the gift that’s been the final year of her life.
There’s no doubt approximately it: Hoda just experienced one of her best years yet. She’s welcomed her daughter Haley delight into her family alongside Joel Schiffman whole the while continuing to reign supreme in her career and maintain her close-knit relationships with her friends and family.
As we celebrate whole her years of bringing a miniature more sunshine to the world, let’s assume a peek back at what made this year so particularly wonderful:
Haley delight Was Born: Hoda announced the adoption news in February after welcoming miniature Haley into the world on Valentine’s Day.
She shared a sweet photo to Instagram, holding her baby girl and writing, “And then my soul saw you and it kind of went, ‘Oh there you are. I’ve been looking for you.'”
She Dove Headfirst Into Motherhood: Though she admitted she’s been “exhausted” after welcoming Haley into the world, motherhood has fulfilled one of her lifelong dreams.
“One of the things in my life I’ve always wanted was to be a mom,” she told People in March. “Sometimes in your life, things just don’t work out for whatever reason, so you say, ‘Well, I wasn’t meant to possess that.’ But it was really tough to approach to terms with it.”
Despite moving forward in her career and in her care for life, she still felt a “gap” lost in her heart without a child. Needless to say, Haley delight has filled that.
“She is the care for of my life,” Hoda told her nowadays display co-hosts.
She’s the Happiest She’s Ever Been: Upon returning from her maternity leave, Hoda couldn’t wait on but gush over motherhood.
“You contemplate that by a certain stage in your life, I’ve had every experience I’m going to possess, and then whole of a sudden she shows up,” the original mama said. “I felt like, in my life, I’ve had delight beyond what I could imagine, but this is beyond like a dream. Like you possess your dreams, and then this.”
She continued, “When I peek at her, I see forever. I see past me. I see the future, which I guess I never saw,. I want her to know that she is loved by me, by family, and by everyone who’s held her. I don’t contemplate she’s going to know what to achieve with whole the care for.”
And Literally whole Her Friends Are the Happiest for Her: Every person in Hoda’s life has commented on how over-the-moon they are for her.
Not to mention, everyone from Al Roker to Savannah Guthrie to Meredith Viera took time to visit Hoda and Haley shortly after her adoption, and so many people sent her adorable and thoughtful gifts and congratulations.
She Has a mighty Relationship: Hoda’s boyfriend Joel is also one of the sources of her happiness. In fact, he was the one who told her to proceed through with the adoption and has taken on daddy duties with Haley.
Hoda recalled the moment Joel agreed to adopt with her on the nowadays display, explaining, “I said to Joel, ‘I want to seek information from you something, and this is a tremendous deal. I want you to contemplate approximately it. I don’t want you to reply right absent.’ I said, ‘I would like to explore adoption with you.’ He said, ‘I don’t need a minute. I’m in.'”
Essentially, Hoda told E! News in April, “I possess the best man and the best baby. What more does a girl need, approach on!”
And She Moved in With Him: Before whole the baby news, Hoda had checked off another tremendous box in her life: She moved in with Joel in October.
“Joel and I are getting an apartment together,” Hoda shared on The Hoda display at the time. “It’s a miniature weird to be in your 50s and we’re like ‘Hey, we’re moving in!’ It’s like you’re kids. It’s so weird. I was afraid to relate my own mother that I was moving in with my boyfriend. I was afraid. I don’t know,” she said. “I know it sounds weird—I’ve been married. It’s like, ‘Whatever!’ But it’s weird. It’s a miniature odd.”
Needless to say, it worked out pretty damn well!
They Just Celebrated Four Years Together: In fact, things possess been going so well the couple recently rang in their 4-year anniversary in June.
“4 years together and getting better every day,” she captioned this sweet photo.
Her Health Is estimable: Hoda battled breast cancer in 2006—a victory she’s often spoke approximately and admitted humbled her in the best way.
nowadays, she remains healthy and cancer-free, often partaking in charity events to wait on raise awareness around the disease and funding for cancer research.
And She’s Still Doing Everything She Loves: From traveling to Nashville and drinking wine with Kathie Lee Gifford to holding dance parties in the morning for the nowadays display summer concert series to visiting her favorite beaches, Hoda is on top of the world, doing everything she loves with everyone she loves.
gay birthday again to you, Hoda! Cheers to many more wonderful years!