Hoda Kotb Says Motherhood Was Something She Could 'Only Imagine' Before Her Dreams Came True
In honor of Mother’s Day, the Today show co-anchors sat down for a casual chat over wine at The Loeb Boathouse in N.Y.C.’s Central Park, reflecting on the ups and downs during the past few years since they became first-time parents.
“I am the most impatient person on the planet — I have no patience,” says Kotb, 53, who’s mom to 14-month-old daughter Haley Joy. “I think [Haley has] taught me patience, and she’s taught me that no dream’s too big. If you believe in something, it may actually come true.”
Guthrie — who has two children, son Charles “Charley” Max, 17 months, and daughter Vale, 3½ — says “gratitude” is the biggest thing she has learned from her kids.
“I just felt lucky,” she says, joking that Charley is currently in a “Tasmanian Devil” phase. “Which is crazy, ’cause sometimes I’m just like, ‘Calgon, take me away!’ But in general, I really … I love the crazy.”
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Kotb and Guthrie, 46, also open up about the guilt they “always feel” as moms who aren’t by their children’s side 24/7 — but they understand there’s a balance.
“I think it’s good if occasionally you get out and ride on a boat with your friends,” Guthrie says, laughing considering the twosome are doing just that in the clip.
Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie
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The women feel a ton of gratitude when it comes to becoming mothers, with Kotb noting of the time before adopting her daughter, “I remember thinking, ‘I’ve loved something for so long that I never saw, that I never felt, that I never touched — that I could only imagine.’ ”
“I couldn’t be more thankful,” Guthrie agrees.