Jenna Bush Hager Reveals Her Parents Were Ready to Adopt When They Learned They Were Pregnant with Twins
She still keeps the photo they sent to the adoption agency beside her bed as a reminder of how much they wanted children.
Jenna Bush Hager says that her parents dealt with years of infertility before they got pregnant with her and her twin sister Barbara—a struggle many couples are all too familiar with.
In a special Mother's Day edition of Today, Hager revealed that at one point former president George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, were so desperate to have children that they applied to an adoption agency.
"My parents couldn't get pregnant for a lot of years, and so they tried to adopt, and the day they found they were pregnant with us was the day they found out that they had been accepted to adopt," a choked-up Hager said during a moms lunch hosted at the home of Kathie Lee Gifford.
But after they discovered they were pregnant with twins, the Bushes decided to hold off on their adoption plans.
"But I keep that picture of them that they sent to the adoption agency by my bed," Hager revealed. "My mom used to say, ‘Doesn't this just look like two people who are desperate to have children?'"
Hager shared the personal story while the ladies celebrated the recent arrival of her co-host Hoda Kotb's daughter, Haley Joy, whom she adopted earlier this year.
Kotb admitted that it still "feels a little weird" to know that she's finally a mother. "I can't believe the greatest joy of my life came at 52," she added.
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But Hager assured her that her journey has helped open people's minds.
"For you, with Haley, that's what you've done," she said. "You've changed a lot of people's ideas on what motherhood is."