"I don’t think there’s a sweeter single word I’ve ever heard in my life..."
This past Sunday, TODAY host Hoda Kotb enjoyed her second Mother's Day as mama to Haley Joy Kotb. Beforehand, the 53-year-old Oklahoma native caught up with PEOPLE to chat about what motherhood means to her and how her family planned to spend the day (Kotb, boyfriend Joel Schiffman and Kotb's mom, Sameha, booked it to a beach town outside of NYC!). In the interview, she also revealed the one word little Haley Joy utters that makes her heart melt: Mama.
“And now, she says, ‘Mama.’ I mean, she looks at me and says, ‘Mama.’ Which is like … I can’t handle it,” Kotb gushed to PEOPLE. “I don’t think there’s a sweeter single word I’ve ever heard in my life than that. She holds onto you and doesn’t let go. Most kids, when you cuddle them, they squirm away. She’s like, ‘No, no. I like it here.’ “
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We sure hope Kotb enjoyed her second Mother's Day. Based on the sweet photos she shared on instagram, it looks like it was one for the books.
P.S. Ms. Kotb, where can we get your darling tee shirt? We'd sure love to rock one or buy one for the leading ladies in our lives, too.