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Jenna Bush Hager: Why I Put Down My Phone When I’m with My Daughter

02/18/2015 at 07:00 PM ET

Jenna Bush Hager had planned to keep her baby’s sex a delivery surprise. But when everyone started telling her she’d be welcoming a son, the mom-to-be went ahead and put her bets on a baby boy.

“We didn’t find out the gender, but literally everyone thought I was having a boy, including random strangers who would approach me at coffee shops, the drugstore, etc,” she tells Cricket’s Circle.

And then the first-time mom took it a step further. “I figured they must all be onto something, so I was convinced too — so much so, I painted the nursery blue!”

Fast-forward a few weeks and the delivery surprise turned out to be more of a shock: When Bush Hager gave birth to her first child in April 2013, she and husband Henry Hager became the proud parents of daughter Mila.

Jenna Bush Hager husband Henry daughter Mila
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Jenna Bush Hager: What My Mom Taught Me About Parenting

10/31/2014 at 10:00 AM ET

Jenna Bush Hager has always gravitated toward kids — she was a teacher before traveling Latin America with Unicef meeting mothers and their children — but the NBC correspondent says everything changed when she had a baby of her own.

“Having Mila has really changed everything for me. It’s put in perspective what really matters,” she told PEOPLE over the phone Thursday. “There are days that something doesn’t go your way and you feel frustrated, and then I realize I have this amazing, beautiful being that’s part of my life.”

The former first daughter, 32, and husband Henry Hager, 36, welcomed daughter Mila, now 18 months, last year. And she says her work with Unicef (which held its annual Masquerade Ball Thursday night) turned out to be prep work for parenthood.

“When I traveled to speak to these mothers and listened to their stories, it was hard to relate: I never knew the love of being a mom,” she says. “And they taught me that all moms want the same thing — their kids to live happy, healthy, productive lives.”

Jenna Bush Hager UNICEF Halloween
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Jenna Bush Hager: My Child Will Never Have a Tablet at the Dinner Table

04/24/2014 at 07:00 PM ET

Jenna Bush Hager Bing in the ClassroomBrad Barket/Getty

Jenna Bush Hager loves technology, but that doesn’t mean daughter Mila gets to have an iPad at the dinner table.

Although Mila is a little young for high-tech devices, the NBC news correspondent talked about raising her daughter in the age of Instagram during the launch of Bing in the Classroom, a digital literacy initiative that provides safe, ad-free searches for students, in Brooklyn on Wednesday.

“I definitely want to encourage her with technology because I think she’s going to need it to be successful,” she says.

“But you see parents are sitting at the dinner table with a tablet out and the child’s watching some sort of program. I don’t ever want to be that mom.”

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Jenna Bush Hager ‘Really Excited’ to Take Mila to Texas

12/05/2013 at 10:00 AM ET

Jenna Bush Hager Unicef Snowflake Ball Landov


Former presidential daughter Jenna Bush Hager can’t wait to bring some Texas-sized cheer to 6-month-old Mila‘s first Christmas.

“We usually go down to Texas and we’re going to do that again which will be really fun,” the Today correspondent, 32, told PEOPLE at the ninth annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball in New York City on Tuesday.

“Mila’s been to Texas, but she’s never been to our ranch, so I’m really excited to take her and get her feet dirty in the Texas soil.”

She adds, “Every milestone with her is so fun!”

And once they get there, her daughter’s Christmas Day plans with Mom and dad Henry are already scheduled to be spent in the kitchen, cooking for the proud first-time grandparents, former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush.

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Jenna Bush Hager: How My Dad Won over Mila

10/03/2013 at 01:00 PM ET

Jenna Bush Hager: How My Dad Won Over Mila Andrew H. Walker/Getty

Jenna Bush Hager‘s little girl Mila is a happy baby and some credit for that is due to her grandfather, Former President George W. Bush‘s, head of hair. Yes, his hair.

“It’s kind of appealing for a baby to see this white mound of hair,” Hager, 31, told PEOPLE at the Calvin Klein Save the Children Benefit Gala in N.Y.C. on Tuesday. “It’s not something she’s used to seeing.”

On her first day back from maternity leave — Hager and her husband Henry Hager welcomed Mila in April — the Today correspondent shared an adorable video of her father making the 5-month-old giggle for the first time.

“He just did what all of us do,” shares the new mom. But that special moment was key in the pair’s relationship. “She was brilliant because once she laughed at him, there was this instant connection,” Hager adds.
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