LIVE

Mindy Kaling previously revealed that she gave birth to her second child, son Spencer, on Sept. 3

By Jen Juneau
December 03, 2020 02:55 PM
Advertisement

Mindy Kaling has revealed her 3-month-old son Spencer's middle name — and like his big sister Katherine "Kit" Swati, it's a nod to their Indian heritage.

Kaling, 41, is the December cover star for Vogue India, which she proudly shared on Instagram Wednesday alongside a photo of the glam cover.

In the comments, a fan asked, "Not my business but do your children have Indian middle names? You are proud of your culture and I was wondering why the kids have very Caucasian names. 💙"

"They do! Swati and Avu!" the actress, writer and producer replied, going on to tell another fan named Swati who said she'd "never known another Swati until now" that her daughter's middle name is her late mom's first name.

"It's gorgeous and meaningful ❤️," Kaling added.

Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories.

Mindy Kaling
Mindy Kaling
| Credit: Donato Sardella/Getty Images for Beverly Center
Mindy Kaling
Mindy Kaling's Instagram comments
| Credit: Mindy Kaling/Instagram

In her feature for Vogue India, the former Mindy Project star admits that although isolation during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has been "not great," she has been thankful for the company of Kit, who turns 3 this month, "because she's so fun and funny."

"In the beginning, it was a lot of just us staring at each other, but I got to know her better," Kaling adds.

And while the star's dad and stepmother live close by in Los Angeles, Kaling tells Vogue India that her father went from seeing his granddaughter daily to not doing so for three months after lockdowns were put in place.

"Every day he would drive by and wear a mask and gloves and talk to Katherine through the car window," she says.

Kaling also says she "definitely" always wanted to be a mom, adding of her own mother, who died of pancreatic cancer in January 2012, "The best relationship I had in my life was the one with my mom."

Mindy Kaling Vogue India
Mindy Kaling covers Vogue India's December issue
| Credit: Mike Rosenthal for Vogue India

"It was so pure and so fun and uncomplicated, and I hope that I can have that with my son or daughter — if I'm lucky, with at least one of my kids — when they get older," continues The Office alum.

Kaling spilled the surprise news that she'd welcomed her second child last month on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, revealing her son's name and that he was born on Sept. 3.

She also shared with Popsugar last month that her A Wrinkle in Time costar Reese Witherspoon had gifted her new baby boy with a "thoughtful" assortment of items — and a little something for his big sister, too.

"I felt like the minute I got back from the hospital, there was a gorgeous gift for Spencer, with beautiful clothes and toys," said Kaling. "And this is why you know a gift is from Reese Witherspoon — she also got my older kid something. My daughter, who didn't do anything, got all these beautiful clothes and toys, too."

"And she sent us food, so we didn't have to cook for four days," continued the mother of two. "So, that's to me just a very Reese Witherspoon-type present where it's thoughtful but in a very macro way. Like, she really knows what's going on in your life. That was impressive to me."