By Kwin Paul
After a longer than usual maternity leave from her job, Hoda Kotb has announced that she will be returning to the work on the Today show, on September 3.
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The now mummy of two, did a video and call-in to her fellow co-hosts amd fans on Tuesday’s episode of the show. She announced that while this was definitely the best summer of her life, she misses being part of her amazing team at work.
“I’m not going to lie, this probably has been the best summer of my entire life with these two kids, I’ve loved every second of it. But you know what else I’m going to love? Coming back to you guys.”
Kotb, 55 and boyfriend, Joel Schiffman, are parents to two young girls, by adoption. She has said that 2.5 year old Haley Joy, who they adopted in February of 2017, became instant best friends with the newest member of the family, 4 month old Hope.
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“Work is incredibly important, but I do understand what my North Stars are now. And it’s clear. And when something is clear like that, decisions come easy,” Kotb said in an interview. “I know I come from a place of incredible fortune … and [have taken] a maternity leave that is longer than most people are allowed to take. I’m on-my-knees grateful for that, because it matters to me. It’s not something everyone can do.”
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“I can’t tell you how excited I am to go back, but at the same time I feel like I didn’t miss this moment,” she adds. “We all need to pay [our] bills and have insurance … we can’t take all the time we want. I get it. But I feel like if you can, and if you’re at a point where you feel like you can do it, you should do it. I’m sure every woman wants to do it and can’t. But if more women are taking the allotted time, then other women aren’t going to look at them funny.”
Hoda, amidst all her excitement about motherhood, was sure to let us know that her maternity leave was not to be confused with a vacation. While she did spend many of her summer days at the beach she said,
“It’s not a vacation,” Kotb warns. “I worked harder on maternity leave than I did at work. You’re up at the crack of dawn, and you’re up all hours. Stay-at-home moms should be called work-at-home mums. You are up all the time. We post stuff on Instagram from the beach, but it’s work. But it’s the best work. It’s the best work I did in my life. I don’t know if my kids will remember it, but … I will always remember.”
Being able to be around your children while they grow up is one of life’s biggest blessings and we are happy that you are experiencing it Hoda!