Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all of us, because Mindy Kaling just gave us a very special little gift. According to E! News, Kaling gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Katherine Kaling, on Dec. 15, 2017. Both mom and baby are doing well, and fans couldn't help but lose it on Twitter over their excitement. These tweets about Mindy Kaling giving birth prove fans are so, so happy for The Mindy Project star.
We first received reports that 38-year-old Kaling was expecting her first child back in July of 2017. The actress finally confirmed the news in August on NBC's Sunday Today with Willie Geist and mentioned how excited she was to become a mom. She said,
It's so unknown to me. I have a lot of control over a lot of aspects of my life, and this is one where I'm like, 'OK, it's out of my hands,' which is kind of a fun feeling.
Becoming a mom is also incredibly special to Kaling because of her own mother, who she unfortunately lost in 2012 after her battle with pancreatic cancer. She told Geist,
My mom was incredibly fierce and so devoted to us, just loved us and really wanted us to be happy no matter what we did. My career choice was not something that she was familiar with and she was just so supportive of that. If I could give that to my child, just that open-mindedness, I'd be so happy.
And you know it's only right that Kaling was already joking about the new things she'll gain as a new parent (you know, besides the baby itself). She said,
As you know, it's so easy to criticize parenting until you're a parent, so one of the nice things about becoming a parent is that I'll be able to openly criticize other parenting because I'll have a child.
We're sure Kaling is already one amazing mom. And fans are absolutely thrilled for her, as Twitter has already proved.
It's no secret that Kaling wanted to have children. In 2015, she told Yahoo! Style,
I think I've decided that unlike everything else in my life, I'm going to be fast and loose about kids. I'm going to not actively plan, but it if happens, it would happen.
Becoming a mom is just the cherry on top of what has been an amazing year for Kaling. The actress wrapped up The Mindy Project in November of 2017, which she created and starred in. In May, she was also greenlit by NBC for a new show called Champions, and we're all anxiously awaiting more details on it.
Kaling is also on track to absolutely crush 2018. In the past 24 hours alone, besides hearing news of her baby's birth, we've seen Kaling in the epic Ocean's 8 trailer and on the cover of TIME Magazine with her A Wrinkle In Time co-stars Oprah, Reese Witherspoon, and Storm Reid.
The woman is absolutely unstoppable.
There's no doubt that her peers are also so, so excited for her. Ed Weeks, who played Dr. Jeremy Reed on The Mindy Project, spoke to media at the PaleyFest Fall TV Preview event earlier this year and recounted what happened when Kaling told her co-workers she was expecting. Weeks said,
We were so thrilled for her. The show started as a tribute to her mother, who very sadly passed away just as the show is being picked up, and it ends with her having a daughter of her own. It's a lot a lot. When she reminded us all of that, we all cried in the final table read.
Congratulations, Mindy, and welcome to the world, Katherine!