Congrats are in order for Jenny Slate!
The 38-year-old actress exclusively revealed to ET’s Katie Krause on Wednesday that she has given birth to her first child, a baby girl, with fiancé Ben Shattuck. Slate also revealed the baby’s adorable moniker: Ida Lupine.
During the interview, Slate shared that she and Shattuck chose Ida simply because they “loved the name,” while Lupine is one of the couple’s favourite flowers.
As for the surprise birth announcement? Slate says she “did one of those things” where she announced her pregnancy four days from her due date. She exclusively told ET she’s already loving motherhood, especially because Ida is “a good sleeper.”
“Motherhood is the most meaningful thing that has ever happened to me,” she gushed. “I feel really lucky.”
Like many mothers who became pregnant in 2020, Slate had to wear a mask while giving birth amid the pandemic. Despite the extra precautions, the comedian told ET that it was a positive experience, and “rather romantic.”
“Being a mother is such a joy,” she shared, adding that she’s fallen even more in love with Shattuck after seeing him become a dad to their “sweet gal.”
Slate then spoke about welcoming her baby daughter, who is now six weeks old, during an appearance on Wednesday’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”: “It was like a totally extreme experience during which I completely lost any filter that I might already have left.
“And after I had the baby it was like ‘Ah, the baby is out! She’s here!’ And I just was like, ‘Did my vagina rip enough? Did anyone know? Is it like one vagina still or is it not?'”
She added that the pandemic was “a really major time to have a baby.”
“It’s like, ‘Wow, we’re really doing this.’ [Ben] was allowed in. We weren’t sure how it was gonna go and we had our masks on and everything. And that’s good because I was making a lot of faces that I might not want him to remember.”
As ET previously reported, Slate first revealed the news that she was expecting in early December during an appearance on “Late Night With Seth Meyers”.
“Let me tell you, on night one of the lockdown, we had a really romantic night of being together, real sweet with my fiancé,” she said at the time. “And then I did what everyone else did. I kind of hunkered down and baked a lot of bread. But I just want to say I think I might have baked too much bread or eaten too much bread. You tell me, Seth.”
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