“Mindy Project” actress Mindy Kaling welcomed her first baby girl in December 2017 — and she’s still learning the ropes of being a parent.
The 39-year-old new mom told the Huffington Post that having a toddler is a whole new experience.
From finding the right toys to getting the baby to eat, Kaling said she ends most days thoroughly exhausted by her little girl, Katherine. The star said:
“I used to have a lot of other hobbies or even wanted to watch new TV shows and things like that, but now, it’s just sleep.”
“And I’m really good at it too, so I can just close my eyes and, like, within eight seconds be asleep. So that’s my hobby now to unwind.”
In addition to physical exhaustion, motherhood has brought on a challenge for Kaling that many women face — mom guilt.
Kaling told Glamour that she doesn’t get to spend as much quality time with Katherine as she’d like due to her busy filming schedule.
And that sometimes impacts how she feels about her parenting. Kaling told the magazine:
“I work with another mom on ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ who has a 1-year-old, and the thing that we always feel frustrated about is Mommy and Me classes always take place on like a Tuesday at 11 A.M. We just are never there. Getting over the guilt that I have to send someone else to take my child to a class that I’d like to go to is on-going.”
However, the actress said she’s making it a goal to change those negative thoughts. She said:
“But I’m kind of relieving myself of those guilty feelings. That has been my New Year’s resolution—moving forward it’s the kind of change I want to make for myself.”
Kaling said that in her first 13 months of being a mom she’s learned that some lessons have to be learned through trial and error.
She told Glamour:
“I thought I would go into everything with a real source of like, deep Yoda knowledge about being a mom. That has not ended up being the case.”
The actress said that from now on, she’s going to be more forgiving to herself. She concluded:
“I think my parenting strategy—and this is not at all what I anticipated—is just getting through each day.”