She spent a year in Cairo staying with relatives while working there, reports

"This little girl Haley is the luckiest girl in the world," Matt Lauer said.

show fourth hour co-anchor, it feels extra sweet that she now has a baby girl, Haley Joy Kotb, to call her own.

"But from having cancer I learned that even if you're even an optimist, sometimes you just have to face the facts that certain things are broken. Optimism works in 90 percent of my life, but there is a window where you have to accept that certain things are not fixable and no matter how hard you try, and want it to work—sometimes you just have to cut your losses."With every loss, however, is a gain.

Kathie Lee joined Hoda on the fourth hour in 2008, and it's been a match made in TV heaven ever since.

She posted one more Tuesday after sharing the news about her daughter. She often shares with the TODAY audience stories about time spent with her nieces, Hannah and Ella, frequently showing pictures of her extended family on the air.

Last year, Hoda announced on her Sirius XM show that she had moved in with her boyfriend, Joel Schiffman. Hoda was previously married, but has no other children.

They've transitioned from co-anchors to friends to basically sisters, and have seen each other through the best and worst of times.

The arrival thrilled Hoda's coworkers, including her co-anchor Kathie Lee Gifford, who somehow managed to keep the news a secret. "You are going to be one of the most fantastic moms I can ever imagine." Carson Daly also chimed in.

Perhaps viewers smile extra wide for Hoda because of all that she's been through. So hopefully I'll be able to use that part of me to help other people."Hoda chose a course of treatment that would take away her ability to bear her own children, a reality she struggled to deal with especially given she and her now-ex-husband Burzis Kanga were separated at the time."Every time I swallow those pills, the pills are doing two things to me. It's all weird because part of me feels sad and part of me feels like I got this new beginning."Hoda and Burzis, a former tennis coach for the University of New Orleans, were married from 2005-2007, but she has never revealed the reason for their split.