During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter for the magazine’s 2016 Women in Entertainment Power 100 issue, the Today show co-host, who is expecting her second child this month, opened up about her journey to motherhood.
Guthrie, who found out she was pregnant with her first child, daughter Vale, when she was 42, laughed when asked if she delayed having children for her career.
“I didn’t have my act together,” she said. “I was doing the best I could in my personal life, and my professional life was going better. So you know, you just keep doing the thing that works.”
“I think that’s why I feel such an acute level of gratitude about getting to have a baby,” continued the journalist, tearing up. “Because I know how late it is in the game, you know? I’m a person of faith. It feels like the greatest embrace from God that I can imagine, to get to have a baby. And to get to have a second is just beyond.”
Guthrie, shares Vale, now 2, with public relations and communications consultant hubby Michael Feldman, whom she married in March 2014.
While she acknowledges the workload is tough, Guthrie notes the morning TV schedule isn’t actually that bad for work-life balance — “if you don’t mind getting up in the middle of the night.”
“On a good day, I’m home by noon and I get my whole day with [Vale],” she said. “So some days are like 20 hours and some are a nice eight-hour day that I would have dreamed of [when I was] a White House correspondent.”
And Guthrie, who began her maternity leave on Friday, is more dedicated than ever to balancing her blossoming family life with her successful career.
“I’m far more motivated by a fear of failure than I am by a desire to succeed, which sounds weird,” she said. “I don’t know where it comes from. I’ll have to talk to a psychotherapist about that.”