While Carson Daly was on vacation, his Today show colleagues announced some joyous baby news.
On Monday, Daly, 45, congratulated Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager on their respective announcements. Last week, Kotb surprised both her coworkers and fans about the adoption of her second child, daughter Hope Catherine, while Bush Hager surprised her co-anchors on Monday by dropping the news that she and her husband Henry Hager are expecting their third child — a boy!
“If you’ve ever wondered what’s in our @todayshow mugs… now you know!! Congrats to @hodakotb @jennabhager! I go away for a week & the family grows.. God bless us all! I better watch my mug,” Daly wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of a Today show mug and the caption: “Baby Making Juice.”
While the majority of followers understood Daly’s lighthearted tone, some criticized The Voice host’s post as a few noted Today‘s Dylan Dreyer had also opened up that same day about experiencing secondary infertility and a recent miscarriage.
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“This ‘it’s in the water’ and ‘baby boom’ talk is unbelievably insensitive to Dylan,” one fan wrote in the comments section of Daly’s “baby making juice” post. “You can be happy for others without insinuating that getting pregnant is easy.”
The former Total Request Live host was quick to respond, telling the fan that his post “had nothing to do with being ‘easy’ ” pregnancies. “More that I left for a few days & 2 colleagues announced pregnancies. Dylan’s article is amazing and I love her to death!” Daly added.
Weather correspondent Dreyer revealed in an article that she had suffered a miscarriage over the winter while pregnant with her and husband Brian Fichera’s second child, following a struggle with trying to conceive for six months before being referred to a specialist.
The mother of one revealed that she got pregnant with her son Calvin Bradley, now 2, after the couple tried to conceive only one or two times. But with her second attempt, she was dealing with irregular menstrual cycles, and when she went to get things checked out, a blood test showed she had a low egg count — one similar to what doctors would expect from someone around age 45 as opposed to her age, 37.
She revealed that “a part of me feels a little mad at my body for not being able to do this naturally,” but she’s thankful for “amazing doctors” and her “great support system”: “God has a plan,” Dreyer said. “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.’ ”
On Monday’s episode, Bush Hager sat down with Dreyer for a candid conversation and supported her colleague on-air.
“When we came in, I saw Dylan’s post and my heart sank for her because I think we all, at some point, have struggled with something,” Bush Hager, 37, told Dreyer and Meredith Vieira, the latter of whom was filling in for Kotb while she’s on maternity leave.
“Even if you knew I was doing this story today, I would never ever want to have that be the reason why you didn’t announce this today. This is so amazing! My sadness does not take away from your joy,” Dreyer said, adding, “And I’m not even that sad right now. I’m just in a crappy situation, to be honest with you, and I’m hoping it all works out.”
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