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Hoda Kotb cherishes first Mother's Day as mom: 'This was a long time coming'

The new mom spent her first Mother's Day in her jammies and having brunch with her loved ones.
/ Source: TODAY

It was a milestone Mother's Day for Hoda Kotb, a new mom celebrating the holiday for the first time.

“All I was thinking was, from the very first moment, this was a long time coming and it was such a beautiful day,” she said Monday during TODAY. Hoda became a mom earlier this year when she adopted Haley, who was born on Valentine’s Day.

Sami Kotb, Hoda Kotb and Haley Joy.
Celebrating three generations on Mother's Day, Hoda Kotb poses with her mom, Sami Kotb, and her daughter, Haley Joy.TODAY

Hoda told co-anchor Kathie Lee Gifford that she and her 3-month-old daughter, Haley, spent the day relaxing with loved ones.

She spent the morning hanging out with Haley and her own mother, Sami Kotb. They later went out to brunch with Hoda’s longtime boyfriend, Joel Schiffman. Haley slept right through the meal, Hoda said.

“It was a great Mother’s Day,” she said. “We just did nothing and just chilled out.”

Hoda Kotb, Joel Schiffman, Sami Kotb and Haley Joy.
Hoda Kotb enjoys a Mother's Day brunch with her boyfriend, Joel Schiffman, and her mother, Sami Kotb, while Haley looks on.TODAY

During a special Mother's Day luncheon among TODAY anchors, Hoda expressed her amazement at finally being able to share a special sisterhood with her colleagues.

“The idea of Haley existing, and me being a mom and me sitting at this table with you guys?” she said. “Am I supposed to be at this table? It feels a little weird. I can’t believe the greatest joy of my life came at 52.”