Good luck to Savannah Guthrie as she begins a new chapter in her life: that of mom. The Today show sent its co-anchor off to maternity leave in style with a live celebration that included advice and baby gifts (and apple juice in sippy cups!).
Guthrie, who's been documenting her pregnancy on Today.com, wrote a sweet (temporary) farewell note to her colleagues on her Today Parents blog, saying, "Here I am, writing at 3 a.m. on my last day at Today before going on maternity leave. I’m used to being up at this crazy hour, but it’s pretty overwhelming to think that the next time I awaken in the middle of the night, it will be because there is a little baby calling."
Guthrie also thanked her co-workers and the public for their support:
"One of the most surprising and heartening aspects of going on this journey in such a public way was the real love and support I experienced from this amazing community of Today viewers. I want you to know I felt every hug and treasured every moment of kindness. There is something so amazing and uplifting about getting to witness how people can be so genuinely joyful for another human being—for no other reason than their goodness. Their kindness says far more about them, and their good hearts, than it does about me. In a society that can sometimes be cruel or caustic or cynical, what a ray of light.
This has been the most thrilling journey of my life so far. And I know this moment will fade so quickly when compared to holding this new little baby in my arms. I take none of it for granted. God has blessed me beyond measure. At 42 years old, I had every reason to think I may have missed my chance. I don’t know why things worked out as they did. But there is only one possible response: to be full of gratitude and praise, and to point to the source of this incredible blessing."
We wish Guthrie and husband Mike Feldman the best of luck on their new adventure and hope that they don't have to suffer too many sleepless nights!