The Today show co-anchor took to Instagram on Thursday to commemorate her 54th birthday with a touching photo of herself and her daughter, Haley Joy. In the image, Kotb sweetly holds onto her baby girl on an outside deck, as Haley, adorably dressed in a printed bikini, can't wait to get into a kiddie pool.
"Fifty-four. And I get her. I can’t believe I get to do this," Kotb wrote alongside the pic. "#grateful."
Kotb also shared a shot of her mother holding little Haley. "My mom and sis are here for my birthday and this morning ...at 3:15... when I was in the kitchen... my mom came down the stairs — at 3:15 and said.. 'I just wanted to wish you a happy bday.' I bet she set her alarm. I love you, mom," she wrote.
My mom and sis are here for my birthday and this morning ...at 3:15... when I was in the kitchen... my mom came down the stairs — at 3:15 and said.. I just wanted to wish you a happy bday . I bet she set her alarm. I love you mom pic.twitter.com/d53YeFJfOR
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“I thought I had missed my window and a lot of women might feel this way,” she revealed. “You get busy with work, then you’re in a marriage that maybe doesn't work, then I had an illness, then I looked at my life and said, ‘What happened? I missed it.’”
“I feel like my life began when they put her in my arms -- like that was day one,” Kotb said, adding that becoming a mom "snapped my world into focus."
“And I will take that -- life starting at 52 -- a million times over, compared to a perfect day before her.”