Though Jenna Bush Hager of the Today Show and Today with Hoda and Jenna is enjoying time with her husband Henry, two daughters Mila and Poppy, and newborn son Henry ‘Hal’, she still makes time to check in at work. On maternity since August, Hager has stayed on top of making selections for her popular book club, Read With Jenna, announcing her picks via video for September and October.
She recently called in to the show with another big announcement regarding some special plans during the holiday season, with a very high-profile travel companion.
Her baby boy
Hager gave birth to son Hal on August 2 and was immediately smitten with her newborn. “I feel good. I feel happy,” she said at the time, according to Parade. “You know, I think when you’re holed up in a hospital room with a newborn and you see the joy and the light in his eyes, you realize this is what life is for—to make the world better for our little babes.”
Hal’s big sisters were also ecstatic with their new sibling. “They’re just crazy about him…The girls are so thrilled that they have a little baby brother all of their own,” she said.
Hager spoke with co-hosts Hoda Kotb and Willie Geist on Friday, mentioning that she was snuggling with her newborn son. “I am just laying here with this little precious being,” she said. “He is the sweetest, easiest baby, and I think it’s just God knowing if he gave me more than I could handle I couldn’t handle it, you know what I mean?”
The Today Show co-host recently shared that she and her twin sister Barbara Pierce Bush will be doing some traveling together to promote their new children’s book, “Sisters First.” Going on sale November 12, the book is a story of a young girl who gets the sister she wished for, with the plot following the sibling relationship as it forms into an unbreakable bond. The title is the same as the memoir Hager and Bush wrote in 2017.
“It is our wish for all women and girls — whether blood sisters or dear friends — that the power of sisterhood fills their lives with confidence and joy,” the authors said in their statement regarding their new story.
Their book tour starts in November to with dates in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Texas, ending in Illinois a few days before Thanksgiving.
Traveling with former First Lady
It was no coincidence that Hager called in to Kotb and Geist on Friday, which was also the International Day of the Girl. In honor of the special day, Hager made a very relevant announcement, sharing that she is joining former First Lady Michelle Obama and the Obama Foundation in their initiative to travel to Vietnam to speak with girls on staying in school.
“I’m so excited, guys!” Hager told her colleagues, according to People. “There are a lot of girls who aren’t in school, but as many people who won’t take that as an answer, who want to see these girls succeed. There are these incredible, resilient people that are up for the challenge.”
Hager also let viewers know she would be back at the news desk before she heads overseas. “I’ll come to you first!” she vowed to her Today co-hosts. “I’m going to be back with you first, then go on the road trip.”
Fans are sure to keep watch for Hager’s return to Today!