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‘Today’ Co-Anchor Savannah Guthrie Welcomes Second Child

She announced she was pregnant this summer and began her maternity leave last Friday.

Less than a week after heading off on maternity leave, Today show co-anchor Savannah Guthrie has given birth to her second child.

Guthrie, who revealed on the NBC morning show that she was expecting a boy, and her husband, Mike Feldman, welcomed son Charles Max Feldman on Thursday morning.

Named after Guthrie’s late father and Feldman’s grandfather, the baby will be known as “Charley.”

The news was announced on Friday’s Today, with Guthrie’s colleagues — Matt Lauer, Tamron Hall, Al Roker, Hoda Kotb, Willie Geist and Dylan Dreyer, who’s also pregnant and about to begin her own maternity leave — applauding Guthrie’s new arrival and shared pictures of the baby.

Guthrie announced this summer that she was pregnant with her second child. She and Feldman are also parents to a girl, Vale.

Watch the Today show announce Charley’s birth below.

Guthrie was watching and tweeting.

We are so grateful. Blessings overflow. Along with tears of joy https://t.co/vTyDuCMEWT

— Savannah Guthrie (@SavannahGuthrie) December 9, 2016

I know for a fact @todayshow has a big exclusive this morning at 7am. Emphasis on BIG….

— Savannah Guthrie (@SavannahGuthrie) December 9, 2016

Savannah Guthrie Had Her Baby and It’s a…

…girl! After a well-documented pregnancy, the Today Show host delivered daughter Vale Guthrie early Wednesday morning. The baby, who came in weighing a healthy 8 lbs. 5 oz., and measuring 19.5 inches long, is the first for Guthrie and husband Mike Feldman.

The proud new mom is clearly already smitten with her daughter, saying she has “blue eyes, a little bit of blondish hair, and the chubbiest cheeks you’ve ever seen,” reports Today.com. (And she’s not kidding — check out Vale’s adorable cheeks here!) She added, “I think we found heaven in this little hospital room in New York City.”

It seems like labor wasn’t too rough on the 42-year-old. Earlier today, Matt Lauer told viewers that he and Guthrie were texting each other in the hospital, when she suddenly stopped corresponding. Minutes later, Lauer sent her a follow-up text to see what was going on, and she responded with a photo of Vale’s tiny foot. (Talk about an awesome birth announcement!)

Though she just started maternity leave, it sounds like Guthrie will still be keeping early-bird hours. After Vale was born, she tweeted, “My 3 am wake up call sounds a lot different now. Sweeter…” (Awww.) Congratulations to the new family!

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Image of Savannah Guthrie and daughter Vale courtesy of the Today Show via Instagram

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Savannah Guthrie and Jenna Bush Hager meet Hoda’s new baby

Savannah Guthrie and Jenna Bush Hager were so anxious to meet Hoda Kotb‘s new baby girl, they didn’t even wait for an invitation from their “Today” show pal to see the new addition to her family.

“So yesterday we raced over. We probably weren’t invited. I texted her and I’m like, ‘we are on our way,’” Hager said on “Today” on Wednesday. “We went over and we saw … baby Hope … and that precious Haley who was so in awe of her baby sister. It was the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.”

On Tuesday, Kotb, 54, announced on air that she’d adopted her second daughter, Hope Catherine, with partner Joel Schiffman. Kotb also has a 2-year-old daughter named Haley Joy, who she adopted in 2017.

Guthrie said that Kotb’s older daughter loves her new sister so much that she gets under Hope’s bassinet to be closer to her.

“Haley was so sweet. She couldn’t love her baby sister more,” she said.

Hager added that their closeness is exactly what Kotb was hoping for.

“The fact that wanted to be so close to each other, this is what Hoda’s prayed for,” Hager said. “She actually has prayed for a baby sister for Haley because and her sister are so close, so to have this…” she trailed off with a smile.

Both Hager and Gurthie jokingly agreed that Hoda’s family could “be the new Kardashians.”

“We have Haley and Hope, and Hoda’s sister is Hala, so they’ve got a whole ‘H’ thing going that we have not even gotten into,” Gurthie said. “Instead of ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’ it could be ‘Hanging out with Hoda, Haley, Hope and Hala.’”

But the TV hosts quickly backtracked, with Hager pleading, “Don’t leave this show, ’cause we just started!”

Following Kotb’s announcement, her former “Today” co-host Kathie Lee Gifford also shared her excitement for her friend.

“Hoda’s a mama again. I’m thrilled about that,” Gifford said on Fox News’ “The Five” on Tuesday. “I knew that was coming, I just didn’t know when it was coming.”

In 2017, “Today” show anchor Hoda Kotb brought joy into the world by announcing she had adopted a baby girl, Haley Joy. Two years later, the 54-year-old is bringing hope with the adoption of her second daughter, Hope Catherine.

The adoption was kept under wraps until her co-anchor, Savannah Guthrie, announced on the show Tuesday that they had an “exclusive” story. Kotb called into the show to make the big reveal. “It’s a girl!” she said.

Some very happy news from our @hodakotb – she’s adopted another baby girl!

And she has the sweetest name. pic.twitter.com/Niss1aFG5u

— TODAY (@TODAYshow) April 16, 2019

Kotb has been open about her decision to adopt in the past. On World Adoption Day 2018, the anchor said adopting Haley Joy changed her life. “I think sometimes you think either I can’t … or, I waited too long, or circumstances didn’t intend for me, and I should be grateful to have this life, and why would I ask for something more? It felt almost selfish,” she said on “Today.”

Ultimately, Kotb decided adoption was meant to be. “I feel like if you’re meant to have a child in your life, your child is out there,” she said.

In 2018, Kotb told actress Sandra Bullock, who adopted her first child when she was 48, that she inspired her decision to adopt. “You don’t even know who you’ve inspired,” Kotb said during the interview.

“You’re a forever parent the minute you accept the love of that child,” Bullock tearily told Hoda. Bullock also has two adopted children, 8-year-old son Louis, whom she adopted in 2010, and 6-year-old daughter Laila, whom she adopted in 2015, Entertainment Tonight reports.

Kotb herself has inspired others with her journey to parenthood. Earlier this year, TV mogul Andy Cohen told Kotb she helped him through the process of becoming a parent via surrogacy. “Once I decided to do it, I was in,” Cohen said. “You were a great help to me and inspiring to me as you and I talked about it, Hoda.”

Cohen was also apprehensive about becoming a parent in his 50s. “I was also wondering, ‘Can I do this at this moment in my life?’ I’m 50, let’s be real here,” he said. The TV personality welcomed his son, Benjamin, in February.

On the “Today” show Tuesday, Kotb said her older daughter excitedly welcomed the new addition to the family. “She was literally marching around saying, ‘I’m a big sister,'” Kotb told her fellow co-hosts, who began tearing up as she spoke to them on the phone.

[email protected] tearfully recounts the moment her second baby girl was put in her arms. pic.twitter.com/mQbLNpWkYp

— TODAY (@TODAYshow) April 16, 2019

Hoda Kotb Announces She Has Adopted Baby Daughter No. 2

Hoda Kotb has adopted a second child!

The TODAY co-anchor made the heartwarming announcement on Tuesday that she adopted a baby girl named Hope Catherine, which means daughter Haley Joy, 2, has become a big sister.

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“I’m feeding her and I can’t believe it,” a tearful Hoda said. “I’m so happy she’s here!”

It’s only been a few days, but Haley Joy has already embraced her new role.

As the TODAY anchors dabbed tears after hearing the news, Hoda spoke about having room in her heart to raise another child with boyfriend Joel Schiffman.

“You know what’s funny? You think that you’re full,” she said. “That’s exactly how I felt with Haley and Joel and everything. 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.”

Schiffman has been right alongside Hoda with tears of joy since Hope arrived.

“He cried when Tiger Woods won the Masters, and he cried when Hope was carried into the room,” Hoda joked.

Hoda gave Hope the middle name of Catherine in honor of her best friend, Karen Swensen, whose 15-year-old daughter is named Catherine.

Swensen lost her husband of 18 years, New Orleans homicide detective John Ronquillo, when he died at 64 from cancer last year. Swensen and her daughter also both happened to be on TODAY last week as part of the inaugural Best Friend Friday with Hoda and Jenna Bush Hager.

Hoda, 54, became a first-time mom in 2017 when she adopted Haley Joy, and has often spoken about the life-changing experience of adopting.

“I feel like if you’re meant to have a child in your life, your child is out there,” Hoda said on TODAY on World Adoption Day in 2018. “They said to me at the adoption agency, ‘Don’t worry, your child is out there waiting for you.’ And I remember I would scribble in my journal, ‘I know you’re there.’ I could feel her.”

Hoda hinted at her big announcement a day earlier with an Instagram post on Monday that read “Choose Hope.” Little did we know she was talking about daughter No. 2!


Hoda has shared plenty of sweet moments with Haley over the last few years, like going on an Easter egg hunt, strolling on the beach, setting out on a weekend trip, and having Haley blow her a kiss from her crib.

Now it’s time to do it all over again with Hope Catherine. We’re so happy for you, Hoda!

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Jenna Bush Hager will be the new co-host of ‘Today’s’ fourth hour alongside Hoda Kotb

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After announcing in April that she had adopted a second child, Hoda Kotb has now revealed how quickly her life has changed as a mother of two.

“I just can’t believe how in a blink, life changes, and all of a sudden there are two babies in this house. I’m just overwhelmed with joy,” the 54-year-old “Today” show co-anchor told People.

Kotb adopted a baby girl named Hope Catherine in early April and told her morning show colleagues about it in a phone call on April 16. Kotb adopted now 2-year-old Haley Joy in 2017.


Between the adoption of Haley and Hope, Kotb told People she forgot “everything.”

“I was like, ‘How do you hold the baby? How do you feed a baby? How do you swaddle?’ I was Googling swaddling and — you’re not going to believe this — how to put on pajamas,” she told the outlet.

She admitted having two babies can be overwhelming, but she’s learned to let go of trying to fix everything immediately.

“I was always like, ‘I have to fix it! Here I come.’ Now I’m just like, ‘Haley’s safe. She’s good. The baby’s going to eat in a minute. She’ll be OK,’” she explained.

“I just can’t believe how in a blink, life changes, and all of a sudden there are two babies in this house. I’m just overwhelmed with joy.”

— Hoda Kotb

A battle with breast cancer 10 years ago left Kotb unable to conceive and her two-year marriage to tennis coach Burzis Kanga fell apart a year after her recovery. The news anchor had all but given up on having a child.

“One of the things in my life I’ve always wanted was to be a mom,” Kotb told People in 2017. “Sometimes in your life, things just don’t work out for whatever reason, so you say, ‘Well, I wasn’t meant to have that.’ But it was really hard to come to terms with it.”


But then one day, Kotb decided she was going to be a mother. She asked her boyfriend Joel Schiffman, 61, if he was open to adopting a baby and he was onboard immediately.

Kotb finally brought her newborn daughter home in February 2017. Haley Joy was born on Valentine’s Day.

“I felt like, before Haley came, I’d had an average life.” Kotb told People this week. “She stepped in it, my heart exploded. And then, all of a sudden, this little girl Hope steps in and you realize how much room there is in there.”

“You think you’re topped out. But your heart’s ability to expand blows my mind,” she added.

On Easter Sunday, Kotb shared an adorable family photo of her two daughters and her boyfriend.

“This is us,” Kotb wrote in a simple, yet reflective caption about her family.

Fox News’ Sasha Savitsky, Andy Sahadeo and The Associated Press contributed to this report.