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Hoda Kotb opens up about Haley Joy: 'When I look at her, I see forever'

by Ree Hines / / Source: TODAY

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We're excited! On Monday, a beloved member of our TODAY family will return after a two-month absence.

Of course, anchor Hoda Kotb had a good reason to stay away from Studio 1A — the best reason, in fact. She's been on maternity leave since welcoming daughter Haley Joy into her life.

Hoda Kotb and her daughter Haley Joy
TODAY

We're looking forward to plenty of baby talk when she gets back, and we already have a sample of it.

In a preview clip for a spot that will air next week, Hoda opens up about her bundle of joy and about the overwhelming joy of motherhood.

Hoda Kotb and her daughter Haley Joy
TODAY

"When I look at her, I see forever," Hoda explains through tears. "I see past me. I see the future which I guess I never saw."

And while forever is a lot to imagine, for now, Hoda sees the task before her as a simple one.

Hoda Kotb
TODAY

"I want her to know that she is loved by me, by my family and by everyone who's held her," she said.

There's certainly no doubt about that.

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"I don't think she's going to know what to do with all the love," the new mom added.

Hoda Kotb and her daughter Haley Joy
Hoda Kotb has had her hands — and her arms — full while she's been away from TODAY.TODAY

We think she'll figure it out just fine.

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