By Natalie Abrams
Updated December 16, 2016 at 04:36 PM EST
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Baby Wolowitz’s arrival is nigh!

During The Big Bang Theory‘s winter finale, Howard (Simon Helberg) and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) head to the hospital for the birth of their child. But in true Big Bang Theory fashion, the baby’s arrival won’t be without a few hiccups.

“Howard’s a pretty neurotic little guy,” executive producer Steve Molaro tells EW. “I don’t think he has the situation firmly in hand, but he’s doing this best. He also has the help of Koothrappali [Kunal Nayyar] and Stuart [Kevin Sussman], which is a double-edged sword.”

The birth of baby Wolowitz will mark the first new addition to the Big Bang‘s band of geeks since Bernadette and Amy (Mayim Bialik) joined the show. How will this change the CBS comedy? “It opens up new avenues for stories when we want to have stories about the baby,” Molaro says. “But the baby is Bernadette and Wolowitz’s, so it’s not front and center. It’s not Leonard [Johnny Galecki] and Penny [Kaley Cuoco], it’s not Sheldon [Jim Parsons] and Amy, it’s not in the apartment right there on camera. It’s manageable in a way that does not drastically alter the DNA of Big Bang Theory. But like so many awesome characters that we’ve gotten to see over the years, it just opens more doors, and affects their lives, and allows the show and the characters to continue to grow.”

However, the baby’s presence will certainly cause some of the characters to look at what the next step is in their own lives. “It’s certainly jump-starting Koothrappali, who’s feeling like his friends are all evolving in their lives and he needs to catch up somehow,” Molaro says. “That’s weighing on him quite a bit.”

That’s especially true when you consider how much Wolowitz has changed over the last 10 seasons. “For Wolowitz, up front and center, that character has come so crazy far from the first season, when he was just this hound dog looking to score with any woman who would pay attention to him,” Molaro says. “To now settling down, calming down, meeting Bernadette, getting married, now having a baby, losing his mother — that guy has been through a lot. It’s slow, but when you look at all of them and how far they’ve come, it’s remarkable, so it’s another step in the journey for Wolowitz for sure.”

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The Big Bang Theory airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

The Big Bang Theory

Sheldon, Leonard, Penny, Raj, and Wolowitz, Amy, Bernadette—the gang keeps growing. Bazinga!

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