What ‘Today Show’s’ Hoda Kotb Says About the Possibility of Adopting a Third Child
Hoda Kotb of the Today Show and Today with Hoda and Jenna has been back at the news desk since early September after a lengthy maternity leave. Adopting her second daughter Hope in April with longtime boyfriend Joel Schiffman, Kotb recently admitted that she considered leaving the morning news program so she could stay home full-time with Hope and 2/12 year–old daughter Haley, whom she adopted with Schiffman in 2017.
Now enjoying her family of four, Kotb isn’t necessarily finished adding to her household.
When Kotb brought home baby Hope in April, big sister Haley was ready to take on her new role. “When she opens her eyes, her first thing that she says to me is ‘I want to kiss baby Hope,”’ Kotb shared, according to Today.com. “And whenever Hope’s crying, she’s like, ‘Don’t worry Hope, I’m coming!’ Like she’s the cavalry and wants to run up the stairs and take care of her.”
Schiffman has been holding his own as the only male in the household. “Joel’s doing the backstroke in estrogen,” Kotd said in a video call on the show during her maternity leave, calling him a “saint” of a partner. “This poor guy is wandering around this house filled with women and girls and listening to all of our babble. They don’t make ’em like Joel.”
Approaching the subject of adopting a second time
Kotb had originally believed she would never be a parent since her previous battle with breast cancer in 2007 left her unable to conceive a child biologically. When she started to consider adopting a second child, she needed to find out if Schiffman was on board.
“When I talked to [Joel] about two, I said, ‘Hey, I want to talk to you about something.’ I said, ‘I really feel like [Haley] should have a sibling… just to go through life with,” Kotb recalled, according to People. “‘It’s a long life she’s going to live.’ I want her to say, ‘That’s my brother, that’s my sister.’”
Schiffman didn’t hesitate. “[Joel] said, ‘What took you so long?’” Kotb shared. “Imagine telling a man with a grown daughter in law school, ‘Hey, I want to adopt another child,’ He was like, ‘We’re doin’ it!’ So I hit the boy jackpot too.”
The Today Show anchor beamed describing her longtime love’s initial reaction to meeting baby Hope. “At first, I thought, he’s already got a grown daughter, a brand-new job and he’s traveling around,” Kotb gushed. “We went to get Hope and they put Hope in my arms, and I looked at Joel’s face and he was crying.”
With their shared love of and focus on family, Kotb knows she has a life partner in Schiffman. “One thing I do pretty well in life is I pick great people,” she told People. “I picked him, he picked me. I thought to myself, in that moment, that’s everything, that’s it.”
Going for a third?
Parenthood agrees so much with Kotb and Schiffman, some are wondering if they may adopt a third child. Apparently, the NBC news anchor is open to the idea. “I come from three, so I’d never close a door, ever, ever.” she told People in May.
Kotb revealed that she has found her greatest happiness now at 55, where she feels complete with both career and family. She recently shared one of her favorite quotes from her new book, “I Really Needed This Today” that applies to achieving great joy later in life.
“One of them is, ‘You only need three things to be happy. Something to do, someone to love, and something to look forward to,” Kotb said, according to Page Six. “I realized most of my life I’ve had something to do but that was it. I didn’t really in that early time have someone to love and something to look forward to. “For all the people who are late bloomers, hang in babe. It’s fun at the end, it’s really fun at the end.”