Hoda Kotb‘s daughter Haley Joy‘s middle name is the perfect descriptor for how the baby girl has changed her mother’s life in just a few, short months.
“There’s a line of demarcation: before Haley and after Haley,” Kotb, 52, tells PEOPLE. “Every day after Haley is better than every single day before.”
The Today co-host, who welcomed Haley in February, says she misses “nothing” about life before her daughter’s arrival.
She admits, “It’s funny because I thought I had the most perfect life, and then I realized after her I didn’t. I realized that this is infinitely better. Every single day is infinitely better than before she came.”
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Kotb – who was left unable to conceive after a battle with breast cancer – says she had long accepted that motherhood wasn’t in the cards for her. The fact that she “almost didn’t get this gift,” makes Kotb’s bond with Haley all the more special, she says.
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