The True Story Behind 'Today' Host Hoda Kotb's Book 'You Are My Happy'

Hoda's daughter Haley Joy inspired her new book in more ways than one.

Hoda Kotb with her daughter, Haley Joy
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You Are My Happy

, the new children's book by , tells the sweet story of a mama bear and baby bear who snuggle and share the happiest moments from their day as they settle down to sleep. But the real-life story behind Hoda's new book might be even sweeter.

Hoda her now-2-year-old daughter, Haley Joy, in February 2017. The adoption process was an emotional one for the morning show host, who had that she felt like she had missed her opportunity to have children of her own: "They said to me at the , 'Don't worry, your child is out there waiting for you,'" she her Today co-host Jenna Bush-Hager last November. "And I remember I would scribble in my journal, 'I know you're there.' I could feel her."

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Now that she's finally a mom, doesn't take a moment with her baby girl for granted — and as she told her Today co-hosts, she especially cherishes the sweet moments they share every night before Haley Joy goes to sleep. In fact, Hoda's own bedtime routine with her daughter is what inspired her to write You Are My Happy.

She :

Every night before I put her down, I always say to her, 'You know what my favorite time of the day is?' And I would just say, 'Right now.'" About a week ago, I'm changing her and I'm putting her down for bed and I say, 'Haley, do you know what my favorite time of the day is?' And she looked at me and she goes, 'Right now.'

It doesn't get much sweeter than that.

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