When Laila Ali and her husband, former NFL star Curtis Conway, decided to have a second child together, she thought she wanted another boy so that her son CJ, 2½, would have a little brother to play with.
“Before I got pregnant with Sydney I started paying attention to girls with their moms and I thought, ‘Oh, I want a girl,’” confesses the former boxer (who followed in the footsteps of her father, boxer Muhammad Ali) and Dancing With the Stars contestant. “They are like a little mini me.”
Well, Laila Ali welcomed Sydney J. — the middle initial is in honor of Curtis Conway’s late grandmother Jurldine — and already mother and daughter have established a girls only ritual.
“Because I get up so much with her, we are sleeping in a separate room,” Ali, 33, explains. “My favorite time is the evening when CJ goes to sleep and I have her in the room and it’s quiet. We have our quiet moment together.”
Laila is excited to teach her 9-week-old daughter ‘how to cook and how to be a lady’ and ‘how to be strong but still be feminine and confident.’