Everything We Know About Mindy Kaling's 2 Kids, Katherine and Spencer

As an incredibly private mom, we weren't all that surprised when Mindy Kaling announced on an episode of "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" that she secretly welcomed a baby boy in September 2020.

While we don't know a whole lot about her family life, "The Office" alum has shared tidbits about raising her kids here and there that have kept our curious minds at bay. Kaling previously appeared on Meghan Markle's "Archetypes" podcast series, where she opened up about the stress she endured as she entered motherhood as a single woman. "There's a whole Indian angle on it too, to choose to have your own children by yourself," she told Markle. "I haven't been to India since [I was] 14, but you start thinking, like, 'OK, what do my relatives in India think about this? Is this causing tremendous shame upon our family that I made this decision?'"

She continued: "And I think I can make myself go crazy if I think too much about those things . . . I can't think about this anymore. I have to just live my life to make myself and the people in my immediate family happy."

For her 44th birthday in June 2023, Kaling penned a sweet tribute to her kids on Instagram, calling them "the best birthday gift." She wrote, "I was never a 'kid' person. When my mom passed though, it just clicked in me: I wanted kids with such intense certainty. I bet some of you can relate. Now I'm just trying to be present for them (hard for me! I'm impatient!), being up for anything (again hard for me, I am not whimsical!), and stay healthy for these two guys (ALSO hard! I just want to eat cheesesteaks every meal in front of the TV) for until I'm an old gray skeleton they're like 'mom, you gotta go'."

She continued: "My doctor told me that this year I was the healthiest I've been in years. That's a pretty damn good gift, right? I'm usually kind of low-level anxious, so I'm just gonna take one minute on my birthday to acknowledge that I am happy. Man, there are ups and downs in this life!! But my ups seem to be the most important ones right now. Thanks for my birthday love. (Also maybe I will buy myself that trendy Dior bag that looks like a kidney bean). ❤️."

And in August 2023, Kaling took her daughter to her first-ever concert: Taylor Swift's Eras tour, of course. "Thank you so much @sofistadium and @taylorswift for the best first concert EVER for my daughter, Kit!" Mindy wrote on Instagram. "She swapped friendship bracelets all night and got to hear her favorite Taylor song live, Cruel Summer! It was such a magical night."

Keep reading to learn everything we know about Kaling's two kids.

Katherine Swati Kaling

Kaling welcomed her daughter Katherine on Dec. 15, 2017, and since then, we've gotten small glimpses at the cutie. Although Kaling has said that she never thought she'd have a baby before getting married, she said she "wouldn't change a thing" and that there's no "right time" to become a parent.

Since having Katherine — whose godfather is fellow "The Office" alum, B.J. Novak — Kaling has opened up about her favorite baby books, feeling "tethered" to the house during early motherhood, and the phenomenon that is loving her child so much that she just stares at photos of her on her phone when they're apart, among other relatable parenting things.

Although we don't get to see glimpses of Katherine — or "Kit," as Kaling sometimes calls her (so cute!) — often, we do love that the fashionable mama usually shows her girl off when they're having a mother-daughter matching moment!

On Katherine's third birthday, Kaling revealed another nickname for her girl on an adorable birthday sign. "My daughter turned 3 today. This took a really long time. Compliment me please," Kaling said of the board she's holding in the accompanying photo, which reads: "Happy birthday, Kittles. You are 3. We [heart] you. So does Peppa Pig, Daniel Tiger, Elmo, Umi Zoomi."

Spencer Avu Kaling

Kaling welcomed her second child, a son named Spencer, on Sept. 3, 2020. In an Oct. 8 episode of "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert," Kaling shared the news for the very first time. "I'm telling it for the first time now," she said. "It feels so strange, but I gave birth to a baby boy on September 3," she said. "This is news to a lot of people, it's true!"

In December 2020, Kaling shared the inspiration behind his first name, which is actually connected to his sister's name! Rather than choosing more unique baby names, Kaling went the "classic" name route, and chose two names that happen to pay homage to a legendary Hollywood couple, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.

On Spencer's first birthday, Kaling shared her first photo of the little one alongside a sweet caption that revealed his nickname: Spike! "Friday was my son Spencer's first birthday. My daughter Kit is pretty cautious with new people. Not this guy. If you happen to make eye contact with Spencer, he lights up like you are old war buddies and he makes a beeline to you," she wrote. "I had Spencer during Covid and it was a strange isolated time, but the instant I saw him I knew he would make everything better. And he did! Happy birthday, Spike!"

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