D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser addresses attendees at the DC Public Education Fund’s 2017 Philanthropy Forum at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in northwest D.C. on Oct. 5. (E Watson/EDI Photo)
**FILE** D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (E Watson/EDI Photo)

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser showed off her newly adopted baby girl Thursday during a segment of NBC’s “Today” show.

Bowser, 46, who adopted her 14-week-old daughter Miranda Elizabeth in May as a single parent, said when she held her for the first time, she knew they would always be together.

“I never thought I wouldn’t be a mom.” Bowser told “Today” host Hoda Kotb during a visit to the mayor’s home in northwest D.C. “I did feel like that part of me was missing, and I knew that I had a lot of love to pour into a child. And I didn’t know how long the process would take.”

Bowser, who secretly began the adoption process last year, admitted she was inspired by Kotb’s own adoption of an infant.

“I literally sat up on my bed, the edge of my bed, watching the ‘Today’ show when you shared your experience, and I was like, ‘She has a lot of my vital statistics, so let me listen here,’” said Bowser, who is running for re-election.

“The message I hope to send is that families are made in all kinds of ways and they are all special,” she said. “And we should celebrate family in whatever way that children are loved.”

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