Get to know the growing families of the morning show’s anchors
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Dad to daughters London, 4, and Etta, 6, and son Jackson, 10, with wife Siri — plus a baby on the way! — the former MTV host has changed his feelings on parenthood a bit since losing his mom and stepfather in 2017.
“I sometimes try to love my kids less, almost on purpose because I’m so scared of loving them too much,” he said in an interview with Hoda Kotb.
“My mom especially loved me so much. It was almost too much. And I know that now because when she died, the hurt was a transference of the love. It hurt so much because I’m so bummed that that love isn’t there anymore. And that’s a byproduct of her love for me,” he explained. “That’s the greatest gift you can give your kids, but it’s scary. It’s a scary proposition too. I find myself falling in love with my kids and I almost want to put a little bit of a guard there out of fear.”
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Jenna Bush Hager
And baby makes five! In August 2019, Bush Hager and husband Henry Hager announced the arrival of son Henry Harold “Hal,” who joins sisters Mila, 6, and Poppy, 4.
“It was unexpected,” Bush Hager told PEOPLE after announcing her pregnancy in April. “We really hadn’t planned to even have a third baby and it feels like this blessing that I hadn’t even asked for. “
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The weather correspondent and husband Brian Fichera welcomed son Calvin in 2016, and regularly document their adventures on Instagram.
However, in April 2019, Dreyer revealed something she’d been struggling with behind the scenes: a miscarriage, and difficulty conceiving another child.
She “didn’t know secondary infertility was a thing,” she said on Today, sharing her experience with her fellow anchors. “God has a plan,” she continued. “And I pray every night, ‘Just let me stay out of your way — you do what is best for us, and we’ll figure that out.’ ”
In July, things turned around: Dreyer announced she was pregnant with baby No. 2, and already well into the second trimester, due this winter.
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The mom of two — daughter Vale, 5, and son Charley, 2 — opened up about her road to motherhood in the Beautiful Issue of PEOPLE.
“I always wanted to be a mom, and it took us so long to get married — we dated for so long — that we thought maybe it was too late and we’d lost our chance,” said Guthrie, who began dating husband Michael Feldman in 2009 and later wed in 2014.
“When we found out we were pregnant [with Vale], I don’t think there were two happier people on this planet.”
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On April 16, 2019, Kotb surprised fans by announcing she’d welcomed a second child by adoption, daughter Hope Catherine.
“My first time around, I spent my whole time going, ‘I got it! I got it!’ ” she told PEOPLE of parenting daughter Haley Joy, now 2, with boyfriend Joel Schiffman. “I didn’t know what to expect with two. All of a sudden, with two kids, you’re like, ‘Wait, baby one is crying, baby two needs to be put down. Hope is hungry, Haley needs me.’ “
Kotb added, “I was always like, ‘I have to fix it! Here I come.’ Now I’m just like, ‘Haley’s safe. She’s good. The baby’s going to eat in a minute. She’ll be okay.’ “
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In April 2019, the longtime Today weatherman opened up about his 17-year-old son Nick’s special needs in a moving story for Guideposts.
“Do I get frustrated with my son sometimes? You bet,” Roker wrote. “But then I remember my dad, how understanding he was. And [wife Deborah Roberts] reminds me that I have to show my son not only that I love him but that I like him as well. More than that, I admire him.”
In addition to Nick, Roker and Roberts share daughter Leila, 20. Roker also has a daughter Courtney, who was adopted during a previous marriage.
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After the arrival of his second child, daughter Sybil, with wife Lindsay Czarniak in 2016, Melvin wrote a moving blog post for PEOPLE about the importance of paternity leave — and finding his place as a dad of two.
“I spend a lot of my time making sure our son knows there’s enough love in this house for two children,” he wrote of splitting time with Sybil, now 2, and son Del, now 5. “A friend who has twins admitted months ago one of her great fears was, ‘Would I have enough to give to two children? How would I divide?’ ”
“There’s no division — you multiply,” he continued. “Sure I haven’t changed as many diapers this time around or helped with as many newborn feeds, but I’ve discovered I’m valuable in a whole new way. I can piece together a Thomas the Tank Engine puzzle with my eyes closed, rush to the grocery store to stock up on “yo yo” (A.K.A overpriced squeeze yogurts) and fruit snacks (overpriced gummy bunnies), negotiate nap times or night-nights and run a shuttle service for a 2-year-old whose play-date and school schedule rivals a cable and network news anchor’s work day.”
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With twins Uche and Clara, 6, and big bro Kayin, 9, Jones and husband Uche Ojeh have their hands full. But she keeps parenthood in perspective.
“Nothing is going to happen if I wake up the next morning and the laundry hasn’t been folded,” she told Parents. “I don’t want to be the mom that spends so much time trying to wash the grass stains out of their jeans that I’m not actually in the grass playing with them.”
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