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Jenna Bush Hager reveals why she wrote letters to daughters on days they were born

What a sweet idea!
TODAY co-host Jenna Bush Hager with husband Henry Hager and their two daughters, Mila and Poppy Hager.
TODAY co-host Jenna Bush Hager with husband Henry Hager and their two daughters, Mila and Poppy Hager.Nathan Congleton / TODAY
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In the rush and lead-up to life’s biggest moments, it’s the small, thoughtful actions that can sometimes make the most impact.

Wednesday on TODAY with Hoda & Jenna, co-host Jenna Bush Hager revealed she wrote messages to her two daughters Mila, 5, and Poppy, 3, on the days they were born.

“Life gets complicated and things happen. You forget … but you can remember,” Jenna said.

“I also wrote Mila and Poppy emails on the way to the hospital," Jenna said. "I had planned C-sections … (the letter for) Mila was probably after she was born but (the letter for) Poppy (was) on the way to the hospital.

"Just a little letter to her about what it looked like outside and you know, how early it was. We were in a taxi cab on the way to the hospital.”

Jenna and her husband, Henry Hager, welcomed their first daughter, Margaret Laura 'Mila' Hager, in 2013 and their second daughter, Poppy Louise Hager, in 2015.

Hoda was surprised and impressed by Jenna’s unexpected story saying, “What, you did? … that’s beautiful!”

For Jenna, she didn’t write the letters only for herself. She told viewers, “You can remember to tell them their story of what it was like when they were born.”

Hoda loved the idea adding, “That would be the coolest thing, as a kid, to get that.”

This isn't the first time Jenna's shared sweet letters with loved ones. She followed in her grandparents' footsteps and penned a love letter to her husband earlier this year.

Jenna’s letter-writing habit will also come in handy as she wraps up her third day and first week as the new co-host of TODAY with Hoda & Jenna.

On Tuesday, late-night host Jimmy Fallon, offered his advice for Jenna, telling her, “Take notes this whole week and then send yourself an email, like a happy email at the end of the week saying to yourself 'what I loved about this week.'”

We love both of these ideas and hope Jenna never stops writing!