In an adorable new Instagram post, actress Mindy Kaling treated her 3.5 million followers, as well as the rest of the world, to the very first glimpse of her 10-month-old daughter Katherine Swati.
The 39-year-old first-time mom shared a touching photo of her and her daughter celebrating their first Halloween together. Mindy is dressed head to toe in yellow as a bottle of mustard, smiling at the camera and giving a hand to Katherine as she stands–with help from mom–with her back to the camera, sporting an adorable lion costume.
“Happy Halloween from this bottle of mustard and her little lion,” the photo was captured, followed by the heart, lion, and jack-o-lantern emojis.
This is the first photo Kaling has shared of her daughter since she was born on December 15, 2017, People reported. Katherine was given the middle name Swati in honor her Mindy’s late mother, who passed away in 2012 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
The Mindy Project star spoke to People a few weeks ago about how “lucky” she feels to have her daughter alongside her while she works.
“You see all these photos of writers and you’re like, ‘Oh, there’s nobody with gray hair or anyone older than 40.’ And I’m 39, so that’s frightening, especially when you have a baby,” Kaling said. “But what I’ve been noticing more and more is that there are more working women. And the writers’ room…is one of the most ageist places ever.”
“There’s more mature people working on shows,” she added, noting that she believes the next big thing will be creating spaces “so you can be a mom, have your kids, bring your kids to work if you need to.”
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I saw this on Annie’s insta and was so impressed. Pregnant women and new moms are a valuable part of the workforce. I worked until two days before my daughter was born, because I was (luckily) able, and because my creative partners @cbgrandy @loriezerweck @itsspillertime and Howard Klein supported whatever i felt i could do. I acknowledge how lucky I am to work under those circumstances. Reading Rachel’s insta reminds me that as employers we shouldn’t be afraid of hiring these women! We work hard! And we wanna work! >>>>>>>>>>Repost from @rmorrison: There’s a common misconception that likens pregnancy to some kind of disability— the idea that women who are pregnant shouldn’t be active and can’t go about their normal lives… While no two pregnancies are the same, I just want to say that for many to most women this isn’t the case at all. I just wrapped a feature #againstallenemies at 8+ months pregnant. Now I’m on to a commercial and I plan to keep shooting for as long as anyone will hire me knowing in a few weeks I may have to replace myself if I go into labor on set… the point is I am NOT a superhero. I am just going about my life doing the thing that I love for as long as I can because the more I work before baby the longer I can take off after. Which should also be MY choice and no one else’s. Physically speaking I could have gone back to work within a week of having my son. At the time, I lost many jobs because people were nervous to hire me so soon after the birth but again I say this should be left up to us. Pregnancy and motherhood in general is not a disadvantage and the craft doesn’t suffer as a result. If anything the added experience and enhanced empathy has made me a better cinematographer and filmmaker. That’s all. Happy Friday! #femalefilmmakerfriday #shootfilm #cseries #panavisionofficial ???? by @loganwhitephoto
Kaling is able to do just that, attributing her almost 15 years in the industry to her “rarefied” experience that she can create her own opportunities for her careers.
“And when I do that, my baby comes to work a couple times a week, and I live 15 minutes away from [work], and I create our schedule, so if I need to take her to the doctor, I can,” she explained.
The Office alum, who has chosen not to reveal the identity of her daughter’s father, also admitted that she was “completely wrong” about how her parenthood experience would turn out.
“It certainly makes you appreciate marriage because you have someone else to be like, ‘Hey, can you do a one-man show now that is both hilarious and poignant for her, and is filled with physical comedy?’ So I’ve been impressed by myself, actually,” she said.