'Today' Show Stars Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie Discuss Becoming Moms Later in Life

"Let’s die exhausted!”

"God definitely knew what he was doing — this is the time I should be having kids," says Savannah Guthrie, co-anchor of NBC News' Today.

Of course, no two paths to parenthood are ever the same. And for Savannah, along with her Today co-anchor Hoda Kotb, it was never a sure bet. "I didn’t really meet the right person for me until I was well into my 30s, we didn’t get married until I was 41, and actually I was four months pregnant when we got married," Savannah says. She's now mother to a daughter Vale, 7, and son, Charley, 5. "I am just so grateful to be a mom, especially because it came to me later in life, after probably deep down inside worrying and wondering and convincing myself it was not going to happen for me. So the fact that it did is just a blessing I’ll never get over."

Like Savannah, Hoda shares that she wasn't sure she'd ever become a mom. "Sometimes you wonder if motherhood is in the cards, no matter how much dream about it you hope for it and pray for it," she says. "You look at all your blessings and you say, am I being greedy? Am I being selfish? Is it asking too much? And is it too late?" It wasn't; Hoda is now mom to Haley, 5, and Hope, 3, though adoption.

hoda and savannah gh april 2022 cover shoot
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"I just decided that adoption was the road for me," Hoda says. "And it seemed not so smart given the timing and the odds and how’s it going to work and pro/con lists. I think sometimes in life, you just take your pro/con list and you throw it out the window and you go on your spirit, and your gut, and your soul. Because if weighed everything out, we’d say no to most things."

Savannah and Hoda shared their thoughts on their parenthood journeys and more as part of Good Housekeeping's We Are Family 2022 Parenting Summit, which they participated in after gracing the cover of Good Housekeeping's April issue. At the summit, they spoke with Good Housekeeping's style director, Lori Bergamotto, about everything from their morning routines to their mom squads, and especially how they really feel about coming to parenthood later in life.

"I feel like the mom I am today, the mom I am right now, I am full of patience, which I had zero of when I was in my 30s, and even in most of my 40s," Hoda says. "I don’t know if I would have appreciated it the way I do now."

Not only is Hoda a more patient mom, she's admittedly more fun, too. "I want my kids to be safe," she says, "but I’m not going to stop them from living. That person did not exist in my 30s and 40s. And weirdly, I ripped off the corset. We dance, we play. It’s raining — a puddle! Just get in it! That’s the new thing that’s happened to me in this stage in life, and I love it!"

"I am full of patience, which I had zero of when I was in my 30s."

Savannah also admits that motherhood is a better fit now for where she is with her career. "In my 20s and in my 30s, all I did was work," she says. "I was killing myself. But that purchased for me this moment in time, when now I have a little more say over my schedule. When I was in law school or when I was the White House correspondent, I worked all the hours that there were. And if I’d had kids, I probably would have left those jobs, honestly, and just done a job that was more manageable because my priority would have always been my family. But what a luxury to have gotten to do that and achieved your goals and your dreams in your career, and then still get to have this chance to be a mom."

Of course, there's a price to be paid, and as every parent knows, that cost is usually exacted in the form of lost sleep. But Savannah takes that in stride: "If I’m not exhausted, strung-out, worn out and slightly grumpy by the time I go to bed, then I’m not doing it!" she says. "I’m not momming. As my girlfriend and I always say, ‘Let’s die exhausted!’”

Watch a full recap of the We Are Family 2022 Parenting Summit here.

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