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What Mindy Kaling says about being a new mom is SO true 💯

Getting to know your baby is an amazing experience.

What Mindy Kaling says about being a new mom is SO true 💯

Despite being virtually unable to see and incapable of holding up their heads, newborns are already emotionally complex people—which new mom Mindy Kaling says she quickly learned after baby Katherine was born in December.


"When she was born, she was kind of skinny and anxious," Kaling tells Shape, adding Katherine seemed to pick up on her mama's vibe. "I think she was like, 'Can this woman take care of me?'"

What new mom can't relate? No matter how much experience you may have with other babies, how many parenting books you've read or how many classes you've attended, there is nothing quite like welcoming your first baby and realizing you are responsible for another life.

With no choice but to dive right in, it's also remarkable how quickly you (and baby) can gain confidence. In fact, for Kaling, all those feeding sessions proved to be about so much more than providing nourishment. "During our many breastfeeding sessions, we've gotten to know each other, and she's learned to trust me over time."

After working her way through that initial new-mom anxiety, Kaling says she's come to appreciate her one-sided conversations with baby Katherine. "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 says. "I'm constantly doing voiceover for her, as I did in The Mindy Project... Honestly, I feel like her first words are going to be, 'Just stop. Please!'" 😂

Of course, new motherhood has a way of continuing to challenge you—even as your confidence grows. But, as Kaling previously told People, the rewards compensate for all her sleepless nights, especially now that Katherine's ability to display her emotions has taken another exciting turn: "Just when I'm like, 'Oh my gosh, this is overwhelming,' she throws me a huge smile. It's the best part of my day."

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There's a lot going on in the world right now, but one thing that's certain? You're still mama. No matter what is going on at work, what decision you make about heading back to school, or how you're caring for your family right now, we know you're the best mama for your family.

So in case you need a little reminder of just how incredible you are, we love this sweet necklace from Tiny Tags. And other mamas do, too, because it's been one of our top sellers for weeks.

Whether you're coveting it for yourself or want to gift it to your favorite mama, it's one of those gifts that'll keep on giving years later. It's dainty enough to easily layer with just about anything you have in your jewelry collection, but is just as beautiful as a standalone piece to wear daily. And in these tough seasons, it's honestly a gentle, much-needed reminder that you were made for this. You can do hard things. You are doing the best you can even when it feels like you can't make one more decision.

Tiny Tags script 'mama' necklace

tiny tags mama necklace

The charm is 1/2" long and the chain is 16", falling just above most mama's collarbones. All Tiny Tags personalized jewelry is laser engraved by highly skilled artisans to make the most elegant pieces.

$105

And, don't worry, it's totally low-maintenance. Simply polish with a polishing cloth every now and then for extra shine. Now to decide: gold or silver?

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