The Today show co-host
shares with People
magazine the emotional journey that led to her to adopt Haley
-- who was born on Valentine’s Day and weighed in at 8 lbs., 8 oz. -- after years of thinking she'd never have a child of her own.
"One of the things in my life I’ve always wanted was to be a mom,” Kotb says. “Sometimes in your life, things just don’t work out for whatever reason, so you say, ‘Well, I wasn’t meant to have that.’ But it was really hard to come to terms with it."