Another mommy milestone! Hoda Kotb beams with happiness as she and partner Joel pick up a Christmas tree and prepare to celebrate their first festive season with baby Haley Joy
- The Today show host, 53, took to Instagram to share photo of herself and Joel, 59, posing with their nine-month-old adopted daughter
- Hoda donned a customized Santa hat with her name on it as the trio posed for a cheerful holiday snap
- Joel and Hoda went to pick up their Christmas tree and posed for another photo together before showing the tree to Haley Joy
- The baby girl, who was born on Valentine's Day, has grown impressively since Hoda first introduced her to her Today colleagues and viewers
- Hoda appears to be enjoying her first holiday season as a mother and previously?attended the Thanksgiving parade with Joel and Hoda??
- Earlier last month,Hoda admitted on the Today show that she never imagined becoming an adoptive mom would be such an important part of her world
- 'When you adopt a baby you feel like that child — although they may not be your flesh and blood — you feel that they are yours,' she explained
Hoda Kotb is having the time of her life celebrating her first holiday season as a mother, and has now purchased the first Christmas tree to be enjoyed by her daughter Haley Joy.
The Today show host, 53, took to Instagram this weekend to share three sweet photos of herself, her nine-month-old baby, and her partner, 59-year-old financier Joel Schiffman, getting into the holiday spirit.
First, Hoda donned a customized Santa hat with her name written on it as she and Joel posed for a family snap with their beloved daughter.
Family: Hoda Kotb shared sweet photos of herself, her nine-month-old daughter Haley Joy, and her partner, 59-year-old financier Joel Schiffman, getting into the holiday spirit
Milestone: The Today host also shared a photo of herself and Joel picking out their Christmas tree—the first that will be enjoyed by Haley
She likes it! In a third picture, the baby girl can be seen in a high chair, looking up excitedly and grinning as Joel leans towards her with the tree in hand
Haley, who was born on Valentine's Day this year, has grown considerably since her mother first introduced her to her Today colleagues and viewers, and now has a couple of teeth and adorable black hair framing her face.
She can be seen in the photo clapping her hands along with Hoda, who is holding her daughter in a baby carrier.
As often, Hoda is flashing a bright smile at the camera, showing just how excited she is to be sharing her life with Haley.
The Today host also shared a photo of herself and Joel picking out their Christmas tree. She kept beaming as she and her partner posed with their pick, before showing it to Haley once back at their home.
In a third picture, the baby girl can be seen in a high chair, looking up excitedly and grinning as Joel leans towards her with the tree in hand.
The holiday season appears to give Hoda some much needed levity after the firing of her colleague Matt Lauer, who lost his $25-million-a-year position after being accused of sexual harassment.?
Festive: Several of Hoda's Today colleagues also spent the weekend getting their homes ready for the holiday season, including Dylan Dreyer with her husband Brian Fichera and son Calvin
Important: Calvin is experiencing his first 'real' Christmas, Dylan wrote, since he was born on December 17 last year and was thus too young to enjoy the festivities
Duo: Al Roker opted to share a video showing how he and his 15-year-old son, Nicholas Albert Roker, the youngest of his three children, cut down their own tree in Columbia county
Done decorating: Savannah Guthrie, meanwhile, opted to share photos of her decorated tree, topped with a shiny star
Memories: As for Carson Daly, he shared a touching photo of a box Christmas mementos left to him by his mother Pattie Daly Caruso, who died aged 73 in December
Several of Hoda's Today colleagues also spent the weekend getting their homes ready for the holiday season and went out to purchase their trees before showing off the fruit of their labor.
Dylan Dreyer and her husband Brian Fichera are celebrating their child's first 'real' Christmas, his mother announced in an Instagram post, since the little boy was born on December 17 last year and was thus too young to enjoy the festivities.
This time around, Calvin flashed an excited smile as he posed with his parents for a couple of snaps during their Christmas tree shopping session.
Savannah Guthrie, meanwhile, opted to share photos of her decorated tree, topped with a shiny star. The host, who appeared visibly shaken after Lauer's ousting, simply published her photos with a few emoji for a caption.
Al Roker opted to share a video showing how he and his 15-year-old son, Nicholas Albert Roker, the youngest of his three children, cut down their own tree in Columbia county.
As for Carson Daly, he shared a touching photo of a box Christmas mementos left to him by his mother Pattie Daly Caruso, who died aged 73 in December.?
A special celebration: Last month, Hoda celebrated her first Thanksgiving with her daughter, taking the nine-month-old girl to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Family time: The 53-year-old was joined by her longtime partner Joel (left) and several of their family members and friends
Happy as can be: Hoda beamed with delight as she celebrated alongside her baby girl, who was dressed warmly in a sweet hat and white coat
Last month, Hoda and Joel enjoyed the iconic Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City with Joel and Haley.
The proud mother, who became a parent back in February, and her longtime partner, took their beloved daughter to see the sights and sounds of this year's event, along with several other family members and friends—with Hoda making sure to share several snaps of the momentous occasion with her social media followers.
In one image, the Today show host can be seen beaming with delight at the camera, holding on tightly to her baby girl, who is resting happily in her arms, while posing alongside Joel and a group of their nearest and dearest.?
Another sweet snap—this time a selfie—captures Hoda, once again holding her baby daughter in her arms, a smiling Joel, and, rather hilariously, NBC News President Noah?Oppenheim accidentally photobombing the family in the background.?
Haley, meanwhile, looked adorable, happily bundled up against the frosty New York temperatures in a white coat, thick grey tights, pink booties, and a sweet pink beanie which had small animal ears on top of it.
Hoda's Today co-stars Savannah Guthrie and Lauer covered the event, which occurred just a week before the latter's firing.?
Surprise! Hoda revealed she adopted her daughter Haley Joy during an on-air call with her Today colleagues in February
Happy as can be: Hoda and Joel took little Haley Joy trick-or-treating in New York City earlier this year for her first Halloween
Too cute: Although Hoda bought Haley multiple costumes, she ended up dressing her as a fluffy white? bunny
The family's Thanksgiving Day outing came just a few weeks after Hoda opened up on air ?about just how much the little girl has changed her life for the better.
Hoda, who announced Haley Joy's adoption in February, admitted during an episode of the Today show that she never imagined she would be an adoptive mom, but now she couldn't be happier with her decision.
'World Adoption Day could have gone by a thousand times, and I would have never blinked an eye,' she told her co-star Kathie Lee Gifford. 'Didn't even think twice about it. Thought, "Good for you," for people who do it, but never imagined it would end up being such an important part of my world.'??
Hoda had always wanted a child, but after battling breast cancer in 2008, just one year after her divorce from her husband?Burzis Kanga, she didn't think it was possible.?
Last year she admitted that the one thing missing in her life was a child, and when she broached the subject of adoption with Joel , he agreed right away.?
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