Day 260-268: Leighton made the Today Show…again!!!

I was actually waiting until Tuesday to post because nothing remarkable had happened…UNTIL TODAY!

Literally. The Today Show. 🤩

I don’t even know where to start this post because my brain is still on cloud 9 and trying to process it all. If you know me, you know my strange obsession with the Today Show. If you come to my house M-F 7a-11a I can guarantee it’s on my TV…and every time Chris and I go to NYC we commit to that 4a wake up to go to the Plaza!

Kensie wouldn’t look at a TV to save her life for the longest time; however, Leighton is a different story. It’s like she knew from the womb these are her people. 😂 She plays on the floor and watches – full on looks, talks, claps and watches them every day.

Biggest *little* fan

One of my best friends, Emily, has a friend that works for NBC. He reached out Wednesday and asked if she wanted to go to the Today show because they were coming to Orlando to do a LIVE show for the first time!! She shares the same obsession so OF COURSE it was an immediate yes…she just loved us enough to let us come along for the ride!

Thanks for the best morning ever, Aunt Emmy!!!

Our morning started with a 3a wake up call and a 5a check in!

She wasn’t too sure why she needed to be fully clothed at 4a but L’s always down for an adventure!

The anchors were going back and forth all morning before the Live show to do their voice overs. Hoda walked out, saw Elle, and the magic began! Her face was priceless and it was a moment I will NEVER forget 🥰!!! She walked up to say hi and we showed her the sign and full tears ensued. It was SO sweet.

Don’t judge my art skills…or lack thereof. 😆
Hoda Kotb is human GOALS. THE SWEETEST, most genuine, kind, caring person and you can just feel the love she pours out to everyone around her.

While Leighton’s full TV debut was a solid mean mug session, she made quite the impression on set all morning. The Plaza Producer, Kevin, was the first person we met in NYC and he was how we got to record our gender reveal in 2018!

November 2018 after our Gender reveal!
If you have no clue what I’m talking about…
And it’s where today’s outfit came from!! (I will save this onsie FOREVER.)

He was so happy to meet Leighton and kept carrying her around the set while he worked. 😂

She was quite literally the crowd fave.
And of course we had to update our photo with the star herself. 👶🏻

As the show started, all Kevin told me was “don’t leave!” and “keep that baby happy!” …little does he know Elle doesn’t know how to be anything but happy.
We got a 5 minute warning before they were coming to talk to Leighton and kid you not, 1 minute after he said that she straight PASSED OUT. 4.5 hours of party was apparently her limit.

I tried to move her, stand her up, tickle her…she wouldn’t open her eyes. 🤦🏼‍♀️😂

I figured she’d sleep through the whole thing at that point – she was such a tired babe (and side note: I secretly LOVED it because this wiggle machine is always non-stop and NEVER falls asleep on me 😭).

Her fascination and hamming it up for the cameras all morning long held true…as soon as the cameras came and cheering started she woke up and well, you can see the rest!

Not going to lie. When they showed the replay of our announcement I teared up – then tried to quickly get it together before they put the camera on us!!!🙈

It was SO special, fun, insanely spontaneous and CRAZY how the stars aligned for BOTH of these things to happen. I don’t think we could have ever planned it if we tried!! Leighton is destined to be a Today Show Anchor in 2030. 😜

Chris was the true MVP for passing on joining us so he could stay home with K and get her to daycare. Then, at daycare and they watched the whole thing on TV and then K FaceTimed me!! Luckily, she’s not old enough to be too jealous yet. 😂 She just wanted to know where I actually was, how I got inside the TV and if I was going to pick her up and take her “to workin’ out” (the gym…). 🤷🏼‍♀️

Also, I got so many messages from this photo saying Savannah and I look so much alike. Haha!! I’ll GLADLY sign up for her being my doppelgänger. 🤩 (Savannah, just let me know next time you need a stand in 😉).

GAH!!!

Feeling so thankful that we got to have this experience and make what is sure to be a top 5 lifetime memory!

Now I just need to make sure there’s a way to keep this video forever with the daily evolving technology…oh how I wish I could just record it to a VHS 😂

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