August 15, 2014 10:00 AM

Savannah Guthrie has been overwhelmed by the arrival of daughter Vale, calling herself a “big ball of mush” as she gets used to new motherhood.

“I feel like life just started,” Guthrie, 42, speaking by phone, told her Today colleagues on the air Friday morning. Her voice breaking with emotion as she shared her excitement, she also took viewer questions about her Wednesday morning delivery.

“I can’t get over the joy that she brings — it’s kind of inexpressible. Honestly, I think it is beyond words,” Guthrie said of her 8 lbs., 5 oz. blue-eyed girl.

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The Today host, who also was visited in person in the hospital by Today colleagues Matt Lauer and Natalie Morales, said she hasn’t been able to sleep much, prompting nurses to give her some sleeping meds Thursday night, even as Vale is sleeping well.

The birth, she admitted, has shifted her universe.

“I feel so different. I just feel like life just started,” she said. “Honestly, I can’t get over the joy she brings. It’s just inexpressible.”

Guthrie also said Today viewers had convinced her that she was going to have a boy, and she and husband Mike Feldman were better prepared with boy names when, surprise — a daughter arrived, much to her own mother’s desire.

“I really was shocked when they said, ‘It’s a girl.’ We had a few names on the girl list,” she said. “We thought it was pretty unique but not kooky or weird.”

Choosing a name, however, paled in comparison to first gazing upon her child, who continues to bring happy tears to Feldman and Guthrie.

“In the moment she was born, I cried a cry I’ve never heard come out of my own mouth,” Guthrie, who considers herself a proud and thankful mom, said. “It was just this joyous explosion.”

Courtesy of Savannah Guthrie

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