Hoda Kotb revealed she received a visit from ‘baby whisperer’ Maria Shriver — as she explains her secret technique to getting her newborn daughter to sleep every night.
The 54-year-old Today anchor, who is currently on maternity leave, shared a picture with former First Lady of California and journalist Maria Shriver on Monday. Maria, 63, went over to visit Hoda and newborn Hope Catherine, whom the Today anchor adopted in April.
‘The baby whisperer! @mariashriver came over and made our day,’ Hoda wrote in her caption while sharing multiple pictures of Maria with Hope and two-year-old daughter Haley Joy.
Fun times! Hoda Kotb, 54, shared on Instagram Monday how journalist Maria Shriver came to visit her and her two daughters, Haley Joy (center) and newborn Hope Catherine
Hanging out: In the post, Hoda called Maria the ‘baby whisperer’ while sharing pictures of her visit to the Today host’s home
So cute: Maria, who showed off a dazzling ring on her right hand, was photographed spending time with Hoda’s eldest daughter Haley Joy
Maria was one of many people who stopped by Hoda’s Upper East Side home in recent weeks, as the TV anchor celebrates the newest addition to her family. Other people who have visited include former colleague Kathie Lee Gifford and NBC’s Meredith Vieira.
Her post came after Hoda called into the Today show earlier that day to detail to Savanna Guthrie, 37, and new co-host Jenna Bush Hager, 37, how her first Mother’s Day with Hope Catherine went.
‘It was such a great, great day,’ the talk show host enthused.
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.’
Checking in: On Monday, Hoda also 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
Staying in touch: Hoda (pictured with her daughters and NBC News President Noah Oppenheim) also called in to the Today show on Friday to give an update on her life as a mom
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
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 Friday morning 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 Schiffman 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 longtime partner Joel Schiffman.
‘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 are currently staying at her New York City home to enjoy time with the newborn.