“TODAY” anchor Hoda Kotb was having one of those days every mother can relate to.
It was 2 a.m. and she was exhausted. Her dog pooped on the floor and shattered a glass picture frame. The baby was crying. The dog was barking. It was total chaos.
That’s when she had a “short conversation with God” that changed her entire outlook on motherhood.
“And I remember saying, ‘I would have begged you for this day,’” she said. “Like, this terrible day, I would have begged on my knees for. So I remember I just literally took one breath, put her in the playpen, cleaned up … but I remembered, for a second, having that awareness.”
Kotb was referring to the time leading up to her successful adoption of her daughter, Haley Joy, in 2017. Being a mother was all she ever wanted, and that meant going through the tough times too.
So Kotb says she now tries to remember that every time she’s having a challenging day.
“I try to check myself on those rough days,” she added. “And say, ‘Remember when you were on your knees asking and begging for this moment? Take it.’”
And after 15 months, Kotb said her daughter has taught her several important life lessons.
“I think Haley taught me a couple of things,” Hoda said. “Number one, it’s not too late … If you believe in something, it may actually come true,” she said. ”She’s taught me that no dream’s too big.”