Hoda Kotb's adorable 12-week-old daughter Haley Joey made her live television debut on Friday

By Aurelie Corinthios
May 12, 2017 08:52 AM

Hoda Kotb‘s daughter Haley Joy has made her live television debut — just in time for Mother’s Day!

Kotb, 52, surprised fans by bringing her 12-week-old baby on the Today show on Friday.

“We’ve got another Mother’s Day surprise for you,” said Matt Lauer. “This is probably going to be trending in about a nanosecond — #HaleyJoy!”

Kotb then got up and went to retrieve her daughter, who was with Kotb’s mother in the studio.

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Credit: Nathan Congleton/NBC
Credit: Nathan Congleton/NBC

“Hi, little girl!” the proud mom addressed her baby girl as Lauer, Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie and Carson Daly all began ooh-ing and aah-ing.

“I just want to say something: This is our baby,” Kotb added to her co-hosts, passing little Haley around for them all to hold.

“So this is the love of our lives,” Guthrie said. “Look at how strong [she is]! She’s holding her head up.”

“Have you ever seen cheeks like that?” Lauer said before handing Haley back to her mother.

“I’m holding my baby on Mother’s Day weekend,” said Kotb, brimming with joy. “I’m so happy.”

“Haley, do you know you have the best mama in the world?” Guthrie asked.

“And the best grandma too,” Kotb replied. “All I could think about was how fun it was to bring her here because I feel like we have all had a little of her.”

Credit: Nathan Congleton/NBC
Credit: Nathan Congleton/NBC

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Kotb surprised the world when she revealed on Feb. 21 that she had adopted Haley, who was born on Feb. 14.

“She’s a Valentine’s baby,” said the new mother at the time, calling in to the NBC morning show to announce the big news. “She is the love of my life.”

Kotb also revealed the inspiration behind her baby girl’s name.

“Haley is because of Halley’s Comet,” she told a tearful Kathie Lee Gifford and Jenna Bush Hager, referencing the famous short-period comet — which is visible to the naked eye from Earth every 75 years.

“It was one of those things where I just picture her sailing through the sky,” she added.

As for Haley’s middle name, Joy? Well, that one is pretty self-explanatory.

“Joy just because she brings us joy,” Kotb said. “She’s got a beautiful way about her.”