Hoda Kotb announced the arrival of her second child on Tuesday

By Karen Mizoguchi
April 21, 2019 11:30 AM
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Hoda Kotb is celebrating her first Easter as a mom of two!

The Today show star, 54, shared adorable family photos on Instagram Sunday to mark her first holiday since announcing she had adopted her second child, daughter Hope Catherine. “This is us xo,” Kotb captioned a portrait of herself with boyfriend Joel Schiffman, baby Hope, 2-year-old daughter Haley Joy.

“This makes me so happy… my mom filled with Hope,” Kotb also captioned an image of her mother Sameha cradling Hope in her arms.

Haley Joy, whom Kotb welcomed in February 2017, also had some fun coloring eggs as the toddler got some assistance with various dyes.

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On Tuesday, the Today show shared a photo of the longtime television journalist holding her new addition, with Haley Joy standing next to her mama and new little sister with a big smile on her face.

“It’s a girl! And her name is Hope!” Kotb could be heard saying through tears over the phone as her fellow Today personalities wiped their eyes.

Before making her announcement, Kotb teased her new addition on her own Instagram account Monday, sharing a snapshot of the words “CHOOSE HOPE” in front of a stunning sky filled with clouds.

Kotb further raved about her newborn on the phone Tuesday, saying she “can’t believe” this is her new reality and adding that she’s “so happy” and having “so much fun” with her two girls.

The mother of two later thanked her fans for their well wishes and support.

“Hope is sleeping soundly… and I am reading all of your beautiful messages. I am overwhelmed with your kindness …thank you for the love you have shown us,” Kotb captioned an Instagram photo of herself with her girls.