Why Mindy Kaling thinks her baby’s first words will be ‘'Just stop. Please!’

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True to form, Mindy Kaling is approaching motherhood with her signature quirk.

In a candid interview for Shape’s June 2018 cover story, Kaling opens up about being a mom to daughter Katherine (who she calls “Kit”), describing her as “a really happy baby.”

Kaling says the two have really bonded over the past five months. “When she was born, she was kind of skinny and anxious. I think she was like, Can this woman take care of me? But during our many breastfeeding sessions, we've gotten to know each other, and she's learned to trust me over time," Kaling shares.

"What's great for me is that my doctor told me that incessant chatter is good for a baby, and I've lived my whole life waiting to have a captive audience." Kaling is clearly listening to her doctor’s advice; she reveals that she narrates to her daughter, full on Mindy Project style. “I'm constantly doing voiceover for her. Honestly, I feel like her first words are going to be, 'Just stop. Please!'" the star jokes.

 

Life is the best kind of busy for Kaling right now. “I love variety,” she says. Always looking to try new things, becoming a mom has grounded her. "It hits me all the time that I have somebody at home who not just wants to see me but needs to see me," Mindy says. "That's incredibly rewarding. When someone needs you all the time, and they also kind of look like you, it's a really nice feeling." So while her career is soaring (she stars in the upcoming movie Ocean’s 8 and recently-released A Wrinkle in Time), Kaling is learning to appreciate the small moments, like time with her daughter.

Above all, Kaling is prioritizing her role as a mother. “I want my daughter to be really confident all the time. I'm going to do that by always making her feel like she is good enough and not being stingy with encouraging comments. That goes against my nature a bit because I'm a critical person—of myself, of the things I work on—but it's very important to me to make sure I instill confidence in my daughter."

Read more in Shape's June cover story.