“No Dream Is Too Big” At 53, Hoda Kotb Opens Up About Motherhood
It is officially Mother’s Day Weekend! For those lucky enough to have kids, this is the time their offspring spoil and pamper them in hopes that the one who gave them birth will see how appreciative they are of their never-ending mommy duties.
In honor of the holiday, Today show co-anchors Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie opened up about what it means to be a mother. For both, they had children later in life, and for Kotb, in particular, having a child was only a dream considering the Egyptian journalist was in her 50s when she adopted her first child, and breast cancer left her unable to conceive.
At 53, Kotb has a 14-month-old daughter named Haley Joy. Her daughter not only taught her that her dream of becoming a mother was possible, but she also taught her about a character flaw that she needed to master.
“I am the most impatient person on the planet — I have no patience,” Kotb said. “I think [Haley has] taught me patience, and she’s taught me that no dream’s too big. If you believe in something, it may actually come true.”
And because this long dream of motherhood, according to many, may have been realized “late,” this makes Kotb super grateful.
“I remember thinking, like ‘I’ve loved something for so long that I never saw, that I never felt, that I never touched — that I could only imagine, like she was just in my head,” she said.
Last year, Kotb announced that she had adopted her daughter on the Today show, revealing that she was born on the ultimate date of love, Valentine’s Day. And after a year, she has definitely felt a “little unglued,” but the moral of this mommy dream is that she wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.
“I feel like when it comes to motherhood, all we can make is just a beautiful safe place for them to land,” she said.
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