First-time mom-to-be Mindy Kaling smiled brightly as she stepped out to dinner with a friend at Italian restaurant Madeo in West Hollywood, California

By Stephanie Petit
August 09, 2017 12:30 PM

Having a baby on the way appears to agree with Mindy Kaling!

The first-time mom-to-be smiled brightly as she stepped out to dinner at Italian restaurant Madeo in West Hollywood with a friend on Tuesday. For the outing, Kaling chose a red dress with a multicolored floral pattern, pairing the frock with a matching red cross-body purse and shoes.

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“🌴🌻summer lewks care of @salvadorperezcostumes 🌷☀️ @marcmena💁🏾@kmannmakeup 💄,” The Mindy Project star, 38, captioned a close-up look of her warm-weather-friendly ensemble.

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RELATED VIDEO: Mindy Kaling Expecting First Child

Fans were pleasantly surprised when news broke July 17 that Kaling is expecting her first child.

“Being a mom is something she’s always talked about, but never spoke of a set plan or anything in terms of a timeline of when she wanted it to happen,” an insider told PEOPLE.

Kaling has yet to discuss the news publicly but recently moved to a bigger, family-friendly Los Angeles house with an expansive backyard.

A source has said the actress “just started telling her friends that she’s pregnant, but she’s not telling anyone — not even close friends — who the father is.”

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The Hulu star has called being pregnant “a sacred thing,” but told PEOPLE in 2015 that she’d stopped looking at getting married and having a child as a goal: “I have to stop making lists and hopes for myself because if they don’t happen, then I feel I haven’t achieved my full potential.”

At that time, Kaling also said she felt happiest when she was “able to sleep for eight or nine hours after having, like, two Moscow mules.”

But following a moment of reflection, The Office alum revised her answer. “I don’t have children,” she said. “Maybe looking into your child’s eyes is a better answer.”