It’s official! Haley Joy is now a big sister. Today co-host (and Haley Joy’s mommy) Hoda Kotb recently announced her new baby hope—literally.

The mama to now-two revealed the adoption of her (and boyfriend Joel Schiffman’s) second daughter, Hope Catherine Kotb, during a phone interview with the rest of the Today gang. And yes, it was the best news of the day. The announcement left just about everyone, including her co-hosts, in happy tears.

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So how is the family adjusting to their new member? Kotb told her co-hosts, “This morning at breakfast, (Haley) was trying to feed (Hope) her raspberries, and I was like, ‘Not yet, babe.” Kotb added, “She was literally marching around saying, ‘I’m a big sister!”

Kotb also told her Today co-stars that even though she already thought her heart was full, “Joel and I were standing there when they hand you the baby, and it’s the closest thing to a live birth you’ll ever see, but in that moment, I was like, ‘Oh, my God, my heart just grew.’ It’s amazing. I can’t believe it’s happening.”

Congrats to the new parents, new big sis and their amazing, expanding family!

—Erica Loop

Featured photo: Hoda Kotb via Instagram 


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