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Hoda Kotba has a lot to be grateful for this year; not only was she named half of the all-female Today Show team, but she also became a mother.

The journalist and new-mom visited The Ellen DeGeneres show yesterday and opened up about her decision to adopt her now 11-month-old daughter, Haley Joy, and the emotional moment she became a parent.

Kotb was sitting in her office when she received a text from the adoption agency saying, “Call me.”

Kotb recalled, “I stopped for a minute. I looked at the clock and I wrote down 11:54 a.m. I knew that was the minute it was changing. I just felt it and I dialed the number, and [a woman from the adoption agency] answered the phone and she said, ‘She’s here.’”

The Today Show host longed to be a mother for years until one day when she could no longer hold back and brought up the topic of adoption with her boyfriend of nearly four years, Joel Schiffman.

Kotb recalled, “I had thought about having kids for a long, long time. But one day I was sitting with my boyfriend and I said to him, ‘I’m going to have to talk to you about something because I can’t push it down anymore, push it away. I said, ‘Don’t answer now. Take a day, take a week, take some time. But I want to talk to you about this.’ And he said, ‘OK, what is it?’ And I said, ‘I would like to explore adoption with you.’”

Schiffman didn’t hesitate for a moment. “He looked at me and said, ‘I don’t need a day,’” Kotb said. “And I knew I’d chosen the right man.”

Since they made that decision together, Kotb says her life has completely changed for the better. “I would take my worst day, the day when everything’s falling apart since Haley, over my favorite day before. She changed everything,” the 53-year-old mom said.

We’re not crying, you’re crying.

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