Summer lovin! Hoda Kotb soaks up some sun with her two daughters as she enjoys her maternity leave from the Today show after adopting newborn daughter Hope Catherine
- Hoda ventured away from New York City this past weekend for the beach
- The Today show host shared pictures of herself with her two daughters on the beach at what could be near her New Jersey vacation home
- Hoda, 54, adopted her newborn daughter Hope Catherine in early April
- She has since stayed how to be with the newborn and her daughter Hailey Joy
- One snap from the beach showed Hoda carrying Hope in a carrier while holding Hailey's hand while looking out towards the water
- While on maternity leave, Hoda has called into the Today show multiple times to update her colleagues on her life with her newest daughter
Hoda Kotb soaked up the sun this past weekend with her two daughters while enjoying her maternity leave away from the Today show.
Since the beginning of April, the 54-year-old anchor has been away from the Today show to spend time with her newborn daughter Hope Catherine, whom she recently adopted.
Hoda has been enjoying the time off with her family in her Upper East Side apartment, as many visitors has showed up to see her new little one. But she decided to take a trip away from New York City this past weekend and spend time on the beach.
Trip away! Today's Hoda Kotb, 54, ventured away from New York City this past weekend for the beach while enjoying her maternity leave
Bonding: She has been away from the Today show since the beginning of April after adopting her newborn daughter, Hope Catherine. Pictured is Hoda with two-year-old Hailey Joy
Gather around: One of the snaps from Hoda's vacation showed the talk show host grinning with friends and family, including her longtime partner, Joel Schiffman
Picturesque: It appears Hoda might be at her vacation home in New Jersey with friends and family, but she also could've opted for a different location to enjoy the sunshine
One of the pictures Hoda shared on Monday from her vacation away showed the mother-of-two carrying Hope in a baby carrier while two-year-old daughter Hailey Joy waved back at the camera.
It appears Hoda might be at her vacation home in New Jersey with friends and family, but she also could've opted for a different beach ocation to enjoy the incoming summer weather.
Hoda was grinning back at the camera while holding Hailey's hand, as they stood on a pier overlooking the water.
On Friday, Hoda also shared a picture of herself with Hailey while they stood on the beach. She captioned the picture 'exploring'.
Another sweet snap from the vacation featured Hoda grinning at the camera while surrounded by family and friends. Included in the picture was her longtime partner, Joel Schiffman, who wore a blue Hawaiian shirt to celebrate the upcoming summer season.
'Summmmmmerrrrr we are ready! Xo,' Hoda captioned the picture.
She seems content to enjoy her maternity leave with Hope away from work by being surrounded by her friends and family.
But this hasn't stopped Hoda from also calling in from time to time to speak with her Today show colleagues and inform them about what is going on in her life.
After Mother's Day, Hoda called into the fourth hour of the Today show, which is now known as Today with Hoda & Jenna. Savannah Guthrie, 47, was working as Hoda's replacement for the week to support Jenna Bush Hager, 37.
Checking in: After Mother's Day, Hoda called into the fourth hour of the Today show to inform Savannah Guthrie and Jenna Bush Hager about her maternity leave
Interesting choice: She revealed how Hope will fall asleep when Hoda puts Fixer Uppers with Chip and Joanna Gaines on TV
'It was such a great, great day,' the talk show host enthused to Jenna and Savannah when asked about her first Mother's Day with her new daughter.
During the phone conversation, Hoda then detailed one trick to her colleagues that she learned this past weekend to help put her new daughter to bed.
'You know what puts Hope to bed?' she asked. 'It is Chip and Joanna Gaines.'
Fixer Upper's home improvement couple offers just the right amount of calming sounds, apparently, to help the young girl drift off to sleep.
'Let me tell you, I put her in the bassinet right by the TV, even though I know you're not supposed to,' she said. 'I click on Chip and Joanna — she is out cold.'
Savannah then joked: 'You should put her next to this show...then she'll sleep.'
Sister bonding: The anchor said her eldest daughter Haley Joy is over the moon about being a big sister to her recently adopted baby girl Hope
Staying in touch: Hoda (pictured with her daughters and NBC News President Noah Oppenheim) also called in to the Today show last Friday to give an update on her life as a mom
While on maternity leave, Hoda has called into her show multiple times to discuss motherhood now that Hope has joined the family.
Her call on the Friday before Mother's Day informed her 'work family' about how Haley was over the moon about being a big sister.
'They're in love,' Hoda said. 'They're just hanging out. She wakes up in the morning and kisses Hope, and when she goes down at night, she wants to give her a good night kiss.'
She went on to explain how Haley sees her younger sister as a little confidant for her, and it appears the two daughters will have a lasting friendship.
'The other day she said, "Hope's my friend. I was like, "Oh my God,"' Hoda recalled. 'I just feel like she's got a life partner, and I can't tell you how that fills my heart to know that there is somebody who is gonna hold her hand all the way through life.'
The journey to motherhood was difficult for Hoda after she was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 42. At the time, she came out of treatment unable to conceive a child and with the belief that motherhood was potentially not in the cards for her.
Love: Hoda is raising her daughters with her partner, Joel, and couldn't be happier. She admitted she melted when Haley recently called Hope her 'friend'
Doting dad: Hoda revealed how Joel made breakfast for the family on Mother's Day
Surprise! The Today anchor joyfully revealed last month that she has adopted a second daughter, baby Hope
All smiles: Savannah, 47, and Jenna, 37, met baby Hope on April 16, just hours after Hoda had announced that she had adopted a second child
Gang's all here! Her former Today show co-host Kathie Lee Gifford visited her and newborn baby Hope last week, and Hoda shared a sweet snap on Instagram
But in February 2017, Hoda adopted Haley with the support of Joel.
'Look, did I ever imagine on Mother's Day I would be saying I'm a mom of two?' she asked her colleagues. 'I mean, never in my wildest imagination.'
Her phone call in on Friday only continued to gush about her young daughter and the joy she already brings into the family's lives.
'Right now, at this moment, Hope is smiling,' she told her co-stars Savannah, Carson Daly, Craig Melvin, Dylan Dreyer, and Sheinelle Jones.
'I mean, I think it's a smile, or it's gas, either one,' she said with a laugh. 'She is a dream.'
Mother's Day ended up being a casual affair for the family, as Joel decided to make breakfast for everyone. Hoda's mom, Sameha, and sister, Hala, were in town visiting with the newborn as she became more acclimated to her new family.
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