Hoda Kotb Reflects On The Special Moments From Maternity Leave | TODAY


TINY MOMENTS I’VE JUST LEARNED TO APPRECIATE THE LITTLE ONES.>>ONE, TWO, THREE, WEE! ♪>>I THOUGHT I WAS TOPPED OUT. HALEY IS BEYOND A DREAM, A WISH, A HOPE, A PRAYER AND JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT EVERYTHING WAS TO THE MAX, HOPE POPS IN, AND YOU SEE YOUR HEART’S ABILITY TO EXPAND. AND NOW I CANNOT IMAGINE MY LIFE WITHOUT BOTH OF THOSE TWO LITTLE GIRLS.>>THAT WAS AN AWESOME KISS.>>I DON’T KNOW WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN THE WORLD. I MISSED IT. AND I MISSED IT HAPPILY. THE NEWS OF MY LIFE HAS BEEN LIKE WATCHING THESE TWO LITTLE GIRLS CHANGE YOU BLINK, AND IT’S DIFFERENT.>>HI, LITTLE GIRL>>AND IF YOUR EYES AREN’T WIDE OPEN, YOU’RE MISSING IT. I’VE DONE NOTHING BUT WATCHED AND SOAKED IT ALL IN, EVERY SECOND [ LAUGHTER ] I WATCHED HALEY GO FROM SAYING WORDS TO FORMING SENTENCES I WATCHED HOPE GET ON HER SIDE, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, ALREADY, AND FLOP OVER. I’M CALLING THAT A FULL-ON ROLLOVER I MEAN, IT WAS CLOSE SHE MIGHT HAVE JUST TIPPED HALEY, WHAT ARE YOU DOING>>HALEY, WHAT ARE YOU DOING RIGHT NOW?>>HALEY IS AN AWESOME BIG SISTER I MEAN, LITERALLY, SHE WAKES UP, SHE OPENS HER EYES AND HER FIRST WORDS ARE ALWAYS “GO SEE BABY SISTER HOPE? GOING TO SEE HOPE, MAMA? AND SHE KISSES HER ON THE HEAD AND ANY TIME I TRY TO TAKE A PICTURE, SHE GOES, “SMILE, HOPE.” IT’S THE CUTEST THING IN THE WORLD.>>STRETCH, BABY HOPE. OH, THAT WAS A GOOD STRETCH.>>BUT THERE IS ALSO SOME OF THAT KID JEALOUSY THAT YOU HAVE WITH YOUR BIBBY SISTER LIKE SOMETIMES WHEN I PICK HOPE UP, SHE’S LIKE, MAMA PUT HER TO BED LIKE, SHE WANTS HER DOWN AND OVER THERE ♪ RING AROUND THE ROSY ♪>>WE MARCH AROUND THE HOUSE TO ALL THE SONGS. ITSY BITSY IS A BIG HIT.>>HOLD ON, HERE WE GO HI, MR. BUS DRIVER GUESS WHERE WE ARE WE’RE ALMOST AT THE PARK>>I LIKE THE LITTLE THINGS, TOO, LIKE I LIKE PUTTING HOPE IN THE STROLLER AND HALEY ON THAT KICKBOARD THING AND PUSHING THEM AND I WAS WALKING YESTERDAY AND THIS GUY GOES, LOOK AT YOU, HAPPY PUSHING THAT STROLLER. I GO, THIS IS LIKE MY FAVORITE THING TO DO. ♪ HELLO, HALEY, IT’S GOOD TO SE YOU, TOO ♪>>AND IT’S GREAT TO GO TO THE CLASSES. THERE ARE CLASSES OUT IN THE PARK IT’S LIKE BEAUTIFUL AND A GUY NAME RYAN IS PLAYING THE GUITAR AND THE KIDS ARE ALL SINGING SONGS. IT SEEMS LIKE A SMALL MOMENT, BUT WOW! HERE I SIT YOU’VE GOT TO JUST SOAK IT IN. HOW MUCH FUN HAS IT BEEN, LIKE WHEN THE DOORBELL RINGS, HALEY POPS UP, “WHO’S HERE WHO’S HERE?” AND IT’S SO FUN. LIKE, PEOPLE HAVE WALKED THROUGH THE DOOR, SAVANNAH AND JENNA CAME, AND AL ROKER, AND JUST ONE BY ONE, EVERYONE FROM THE SHOW CAME OVER. IT’S ONE OF MY FAVORITE PARTS OF THE DAY.>>TO THE SWING.>>WANT TO GO TO THE SWINGS?>>HAVING THIS MOMENT IN LIFE, AT THIS TIME IN MY LIFE, DOES KIND OF SNAP THE WORLD INTO FOCUS. I HAVE MY NORTH STARS, TWO OF THEM>>OKAY, HERE WE GO! WOW!>>LOOK, WE MISS A LOT OF OUR LIVES. WE ALL DO. WE WORK. WE HAVE, YOU KNOW, A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE PULLING ON US BUT FOR THIS TINY LITTLE WINDOW, I GOT TO NOT MISS ANYTHING>>HOLD ON>>AH!>>OH!>>THAT WAS NICE.>>SO, HOW ARE YOU FEELING THIS MORNING? BECAUSE YOU KNOW, I’VE COME BACK FROM MATERNITY LEAVE YOU HAVE, TOO. AND IT’S ALWAYS A LITTLE BITTERSWEET. I MEAN, WE’RE SO LUCKY WE LOVE OUR JOBS AND WE LOVE BEING HERE, BUT YOU KNOW, IT’S –>>I DO HAVE SOME OF THAT, I HAVE TO SAY, BUT I WAS THINKING ABOUT IT — I WAS THINKING ABOUT WHEN I WAS SITTING WITH HALEY LAST NIGHT AND SHE WAS KIND OF LAYING ON ME AND WE WERE FALLING ASLEEP, AND I THOUGHT TO MYSELF, I’VE HAD THE BEST FIVE MONTHS I COULD HAVE EVER IMAGINED IN MY LIFE I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT I WAS MISSING. AND I WAS ALSO EXCITED TO COME BACK AND I THOUGHT TO MYSELF, WHEN I WATCH HALEY NOW AND I WATCH HOPE, I THINK, I’M 55 AND I GET TO BE WITH THEM. AND SO, I KNOW IT WAS A LOT OF TIME TO TAKE OFF AND I FELT A LITTLE BAD ABOUT IT, BUT IN REALITY, LIKE, LIFE IS A BLINK, AND YOU GET THIS MOMENT. AND SO, I DECIDED THAT I WAS GOING TO TAKE IT AND WHEN I’M AT WORK, I’M GOING TO BE 100% HERE. BUT I HAVE TO SAY, THOSE KIDS HAVE TAUGHT ME SO MUCH LIKE HALEY INTRODUCED ME TO AN ESCALATOR. I DIDN’T EVEN KNOW IT WAS AWESOME UNTIL SHE SAID, “LOOK, MOM, THE STAIRS ARE GOING UP.” LIKE, WOW, THAT IS AWESOME OR SHE WALKS UP TO A STRANGER ON THE STREET AND GOES “I HAVE POCKETS! LIKE IT’S THE SMALLEST, TINIEST, LITTLEST THINGS, AND IT JUST REMINDED ME, JUST SIT IN IT A LITTLE BIT IF YOU CAN.>>AT THE TIME IT’S PRICELESS. YOU SO DESERVE IT.>>I’M HAPPY TO BE HERE. I HAVE TO TELL YOU, WALKING IN THE DOOR THIS MORNING MADE ME FEEL SO GOOD AND SEEING YOUR FACE IN THE MAKEUP ROOM AND SEEING YOU, AL, WHEN YOU WALKED IN, AND CARSON I MEAN, IT JUST FILLED ME UP AND I FEEL LIKE, WHO’S

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