Hoda Kotb, Brie Bella and Other Stars Celebrate Their First Mother's Day as Moms

She had announced via phone on the Today show in February that she had adopted her first child, baby daughter Haley Joy, on Valentine's Day

By Corinne Heller May 14, 2017 4:19 PMTags
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Happy Mother's Day, new moms!

Hoda Kotb and many other celebs who welcomed their first child over the past year celebrated their best Mother's Day ever Sunday.

The Today show co-host had announced via phone on Today in February that she had adopted her first child, daughter Haley Joy, on Valentine's Day. On Sunday, she posted on her Instagram page a photo of her own mother cuddling a sleeping Haley while sitting on a couch.

"Happy Mother's Day! May u spend yours in your jammies like My mom and my little girl," Kotb wrote.

Kotb's daughter made her television debut Friday on her mom's show.

Stars Celebrate Mother's Day 2017

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"Can I just say one thing? I'm holding my baby girl on Mother's Day weekend," Kotb said, her voice filled with emotion.

"Haley, do you know you have the best mom in the world?" co-host Savannah Guthrie asked as their colleagues flocked to the child.

Meghan King Edmonds and her daughter Aspen, who was born last Novemberspent their Mother's Day afternoon by the pool at their home in La Quinta, Calif. 

"Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there and that includes you too, stepmoms!" the Real Housewives of Orange County star wrote on Instagram. "This day can be another hard reminder that your work as a (step)mom is expected, never celebrated, and you better not mess up or risk being crucified. But I can promise you that step momming is harder than bio momming so give yourself a pat on the back and spoil yourself today!"

As for Aspen's latest milestones, Meghan told E! News her baby recently discovered her toes and loves to chew on them. "My life has completely shifted around the baby and I love it," the Bravo star shared. 

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Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Tatyana Ali commemorated her first Mother's Day with her baby boy by giving back. 

She captioned an adorable snapshot, "Found this on our morning walk. My first Mother's Day has been magical! Happy #mothersday to all of the nurturers and caregivers out there. Blessings to you and yours."

Hoda Kotb, Brie Bella and Other Stars Celebrate Their First Mother's Day as Moms

Grey's Anatomy star Camila Luddington, who welcomed a daughter in April, celebrated her special day with a picnic in the garden. "#mothersday planting flowers and Hayden a little tree," she captioned her sweet post.


Christian Serratos, who plays Rosita on The Walking Dead, debuted her new baby on Mother's Day. It was confirmed earlier this year she was expecting her first child.



Total Divas star Brie Bella and fellow WWE performer Daniel Bryan welcomed their first child, daughter Birdie, last Tuesday.

"I still can't stop staring at her," Bella wrote on Instagram Saturday, alongside a photo of her holding the baby while sitting on a hospital bed. "Truly the greatest gift you could ever receive. I thank the Lord so much for this precious little angel. I'm so happy I get to go home now but I couldn't have done it with all the nurses this week. They are true rock stars and they taught me so much. Thank you all #nursesweek and I can't believe I get to celebrate Mother's Day tomorrow as a Mom."

Christy Carlson Romano commemorated her first Mother's Day nearly five months after giving birth to a daughter named Isabella with an extra adorable photo opp.

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Thomas Rhett posted a photo of his pregnant wife Lauren and their newly adopted 18-month-old daughter Willa.

"Babe.. not only are you the hottest mom you are the sweetest, funniest most kind hearted human being that I know," he wrote on Instagram. "I know you didn't plan on marrying a singer when you were sitting in your 3rd grade class room but I'm so glad you did. I couldn't imagine my life without you. Seriously you know how lost I get when you are gone for 2 weeks�� I love you so much and happy 1st Mother's Day. You already are a rock star at being a mom. You + me+ Willa."

Dancing With the Stars pros Peta Murgatroyd shares four-month-old son Shai with co-star and fiancé Maksim Chmerkovskiy. He posted a photo of her with their boy on Instagram, writing, "Happy 1st official Mother's Day my love."

"My Prince Shai....you gave me the title of Mother, and you have given me my proudest moments in life," Murgatryod wrote, alongside another photo of her with the child. "I am forever your protector and you will always hold a special place in my heart. I understand what my mother used to say now...a mothers love for her child is unlike any other, I had to have you though to understand.

"To all the mothers out there, I want to say......we're incredible, we're resilient super humans, our bodies are wildly strong and we create little miracles, we have to LOVE ourselves and be PROUD," she wrote. "I have learnt more about myself in these past 4 months with the joy of having a child. It's moments like these, where I find myself looking back and appreciating my greatest influencer, my mother, more than ever before."

Other new moms celebrating their first Mother's Day include Janet Jackson, who welcomed son Eissa with now-ex Wissam Al Mana several months ago, Amanda Seyfried, who gave birth to her and husband Thomas Sadoski's daughter in March—soon after they elopedCheryl Cole, who welcomed son Bear with Liam Payne that month, and Irina Shayk, who gave birth to her and Bradley Cooper's daughter Lea in April.