"Motherhood is for sure the most meaningful thing that has ever happened to me," the actress says.

By Benjamin VanHoose
February 03, 2021 at 06:27 PM EST
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Jenny Slate is a mommy!

The Obvious Child actress, 38, has welcomed her first child, daughter Ida Lupine Shattuck, with fiancé Ben Shattuck, she revealed to Entertainment Tonight.

"I can say, without a doubt, that motherhood is for sure the most meaningful thing that has ever happened to me. I feel really lucky and happy," she told the outlet, adding that giving birth made for a "strangely rather romantic" moment bonding with Shattuck in the delivery room.

"Being a mother is such a joy — it's so cliché, but I love it," she adds, referring to her new addition as "our sweet gal."

Slate surprised fans in early December by revealing her pregnancy news during an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyersdebuting her baby bump on the talk show. (She tells ET the reveal was "basically like four days away" from the baby's due date.)

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 04: Actress Jenny Slate arrives at the premiere of Fox Searchlight Pictures' 'Gifted' at Pacific Theaters at the Grove on April 4, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
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"I hunkered down and baked a lot of bread but I just wanna say I might have baked too much bread or eaten too much bread — you tell me," she joked to host Seth Meyers at the time, who laughed as Slate stood up to show off her baby bump from the side. "I don't know if you can see?"

Joking aside, Slate — who got engaged to Shattuck in September 2019, later delaying their original June 2020 wedding plans — said the happy news was "very nice to have something that is incredibly positive during a time that's hard and sad."

She explained at the time that she'd been doing "all the birth-prep stuff" — something she said she enjoyed. Slate also revealed she and Shattuck were living "in a beautiful tiny little seaside town" in Massachusetts.

"And just my luck, I moved in with my fiancé, and of course he lives in a very old house that is, I think, most certainly haunted and has an actual pet cemetery," Slate said. "It has been in my fiancé Ben's family since the '30s, I think, so it's like 90 years of pets."

"At the beginning of the pandemic, when I was just newly pregnant, I started to go out and visit the pet cemetery every day. And Ben told me I started saying things like, 'I'm just gonna go outside and visit the pets,' " she continued. "That's how a scary movie starts — a pregnant lady is like, 'My pets. My precious, precious pets.' "

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