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TODAY's Takeaway: Live adoptions melt hearts, Matt and Al do their part for men's health

Nov. 7, 2013 at 4:59 PM ET

Adoptions are finalized on the plaza, Matt gets a prostate exam and a Dutch couple meets their new baby for the first time.
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Adoptions are finalized on the plaza, Matt gets a prostate exam and a Dutch couple meets their new baby for the first time.

1. It was a morning of tears of joy on TODAY as children and parents officially became families as part of this week’s Choosing Adoption series.

Priscilla Devries and Richard Dros, a Dutch couple who chose international adoption, were introduced for the first time to their baby girl, Sky, as Savannah and Matt looked on.

“I’m in heaven; that’s why we chose her name Sky,” Priscilla told them. “She’s beautiful. We’re very happy.”

Video: Watch as a Dutch parents Priscilla and Richard, who have already adopted a boy from the states, meet their new daughter, also born in America, live on TODAY.

2. And Little Sky wasn’t alone. Twelve other children became parts of families when a judge finalized their adoptions live on the plaza.

Each child rang a bell (some with help from their new parents) to mark the milestone.

Video: Watch as new families are created on the TODAY plaza, where a judge finalizes the adoption of 12 children live.

3. Matt and Al underwent prostate exams live on air this morning to help raise awareness for men’s health.

"Is it the best 34 seconds of your life? Probably not," Matt said. "But if in 34 seconds a (doctor) can detect something that might save your life, what are we talking about?"

Video: The anchors undergo exams live on TODAY to raise awareness for men’s health, and Dr. Nancy Snyderman explains why men should have a conversation about prostate cancer with their doctors.

4. While Matt and Al waited for their results, the ladies of TODAY gushed over their favorite chick flicks.

Savannah, Tamron, Natalie and Hoda shared their picks. What’s yours?

Video: TODAY’s female anchors chat about their favorite chick flicks for Throwback Thursday, with choices including “Sweet Home Alabama,” and “Love Actually.”

5. Matt talked to Dmitry Chernyshenko, president of the Sochi Organizing Committee, about the Russian city’s readiness to host the Games, including the political and social tensions that have concerned many.

“My president already several times expressed the guarantees on behalf of the state leaders that there will be no discrimination whether by race, religion, or sexual orientation,” he said. “We organizers keep social inclusivity as a key of the Games.”

Video: Matt Lauer talks to Dmitry Chernyshenko, president of the Sochi Organizing Committee, who offers reassurances about claims that members of the LBGT community will be discriminated against in Russia during the Olympics.

6. And in oh-my-gosh adorable news: These tiger cubs learned to swim (the hard way).

Video: Two of the latest additions to the Smithsonian National Zoo passed a big test this week by learning to swim on their own, which means the public may get their first in-person glimpse of the baby tigers soon. NBC News’ Kristen Welker reports.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!

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