Tika Sumpter is officially a first time mommy!
The actress pulled a Kerry Washington and welcomed a baby girl in private on October 8, and People has confirmed the little one’s name is Ella-Loren.
Though Tika hasn’t put out an official arrival notice, she has let it be known that she’s experiencing all the typical stress and strain of new motherhood. She tweeted on Monday: “Dear Mom’s, dad’s and caretakers, I’m slow clapping for each and every one of you. It ain’t no joke.”
We’re not surprised Tika has kept her baby’s birth a secret so far, much like she did the entirety of her pregnancy. She told People magazine in September:
“She’s my first child, and I wanted to experience every moment of this pregnancy for myself and enjoy it without everybody else being in it with me.
“I didn’t want to hear, ‘Who’s the dad? Are you with the dad?’ Social media can be harsh, and I’m a mama bear, protective of my family. So that’s why I waited to tell people, including some friends.”
That tells us it’ll be a long time before we ever get to see little Ella, unless Tika goes full Kerry Washington and never shows her baby girl to the public. Either way, we’re just glad all are happy and healthy. Congratulations!