TODAY co-host Savannah Guthrie is a proud mother of two boys, Vale, 7, and Charles, 5, whom she shares with her husband, Michael Feldman.
In the days leading up to Mother’s Day 2018, Savannah spoke with TODAY co-host Hoda Kotb, also a mother of two, about what motherhood means to her.
“I think the thing my kids have taught me the most is gratitude,” he said while enjoying a drink with Hoda at the Central Park Boathouse. “I just felt lucky. And that’s crazy because sometimes I’m like, ‘Calgon, take me!’ But I think, in general, I really love crazy things.”
Savannah talked about welcoming children later in life. When she had Vale, she was in her early 40s and she said she wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.
“Now that I know Vale and Charlie, I don’t want any more babies than them. I would have waited a million more years for them,” he said.
Read on to learn more about Savannah and Feldman’s two children. Savannah wrote on Instagram that she “is never happier than when they are in (her) arms.”
In August 2014, Savannah welcomed her daughter Vale with Feldman. Vale weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces and was 19.5 inches long at the time of her birth. Her birthday means that she falls under the zodiac sign of Leo.
“I was surprised when we went home with her,” Savannah recalled of Hoda of Vale’s birth. “I’m like, you’re just going to let us take her home. Was there some kind of manual? But I remember those moments where I was face to face, the tears rolled down and I had a little conversation with her like, ‘I will always love you. I will always protect you. I will always be your mommy.”
After Vale’s birth, Savannah called TODAY and talked about how happy she was.
“When I look at her I feel so proud and I can’t stop thanking God,” she said at the time.
“I feel like life has just begun,” Savannah said. “I can’t get over the joy it brings, it’s a bit inexpressible. Honestly, I think it’s beyond words.”
Savannah said she was surprised Vale was a girl because viewers of TODAY had convinced her she was having a boy.
As for how she and Feldman came up with the name for their first child? The afternoon she was born, they pored over the short list of her names. They settled on Vale, which means “valley by a stream.”
“We thought it was pretty unique, but not eccentric or that weird,” he said.
In August 2021, Savannah celebrated Vale’s 7th birthday by sharing some photos of her “sunshine” over the years.
“This sweet angel has been delighting her entire family since the moment she came into the world bright and early 7 years ago TODAY!” Savannah wrote on Instagram. “Happy birthday, Vale. You are lovely. You make my heart soar with pride and thanks to God every day.”
Savannah shares other sweet moments from Vale’s life on Instagram, like the time she, at the age of five, picked up her dad’s phone and texted Savannah that she “missed her” and will pass the message on to your “friends at (your) workplace.”
Or Vale’s heartfelt reaction to receiving a personal shout out from her “superheroes,” Team USA gymnastics team in 2021.
Savannah called her second son, Charles (nicknamed Charley) Max, a “medical miracle” in a Health magazine cover story. Charley was born in December 2016, following a fertility journey that Savannah spoke about publicly.
After Savannah welcomed Vale in 2014, she said and Feldman considered using IVF (in vitro fertilization) to have another child.
“Upon making the decision to undergo IVF, my husband and I talked a lot about it. I didn’t want to start a process where we spent all of our present looking for a future… when our present was so beautiful and beautiful and enough,” he told Health.
Ultimately, they decided that having a brother for Vale was important enough to try. “Because we’re older,” Savannah said, “it was important to me that she have a brother, someone to make a life with.”
Savannah miscarried and went through two rounds of IVF before welcoming son Charles.
“I stopped even allowing myself to hope or believe that I could (get pregnant), because the years went by,” she told Good Housekeeping in April 2022. “Not that I thought it was impossible; I just thought it wasn’t likely.”
“I just tried to tell myself that it would be okay if it didn’t happen: ‘Maybe it’s not for me, and that’s okay because I’ve already been blessed so much in my life. I don’t have the right to have a baby too. Looking back, that mentality was probably a self-defense mechanism,” he said.
In the end, Savannah told Health, she and Feldman “got lucky.” She said: “I always say that Charley was, like, the last egg to hatch. He really was. And we are very blessed.”
Once she got pregnant, Savannah celebrated. “It’s hard for words to contain all the excitement Mike and I have about expecting a new baby in December. When Vale was born, our happiness was complete. The idea of adding our family now is beyond all hope, dream and prayer.” .. that I’ve ever had. It’s not just twice the joy, it’s joy multiplied infinitely,” he wrote in a story for TODAY.
Savannah revealed the gender of the baby in the air with blue shakes and a plane with an aerial banner that read: “It’s a boy!”
Savannah and Feldman ended up welcoming Charles in December 2016, making him a Sagittarius. He weighed 9 pounds, 8 ounces and was 21.5 inches long. Savannah said she named it after her late father and Feldman’s grandfather.
For her fifth birthday in 2021, Savannah threw a small party for her “raucous and happy firecracker as a child,” which she posted about on Instagram, gifting him with a bunch of mini cupcakes with candles on top.
See some of Savannah’s sweetest moments with Vale and Charley
Savannah frequently shares motherhood moments on her social media pages. In some cases, Savannah shows how she balances or blends. — work life and family life, like the time Charley and Vale stopped by the TODAY show for an impromptu “take your kids to work day.”
In 2021, when Savannah traveled to Tokyo to cover the Olympics, she shared a series of screenshots of her FaceTime calls with her estranged children. “The many faces of facetime with my babies,” she said. “Wishing them good morning as Tokyo says goodnight to them with another wonderful sunset.”
Also share snapshots of quality time with family. Throughout the summer of 2022, Savannah, Feldman and her children soaked up the “summer vibes” together, as she put it.
“Just to keep it real,” Savannah wrote in the caption of a slideshow with Vale and Charley. Really trying to avoid posing for a sibling photo.
She also celebrates milestones in their lives, like their back-to-school days throughout the years.
Essentially, Vale and Charley are the unofficial stars of Savannah’s Instagram, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. “I am never happier than when they are in my arms. I do not take this blessing for granted,” Savannah wrote.
Savannah’s maternity moments