INAAYA TOO SMALL TO HAVE PLAYDATES WITH TAIMUR: SOHA
Actor Soha Ali Khan opens up about motherhood, daughter Inaaya Naumi Kemmu, and nephew Taimur Ali Khan
Actor Soha Ali Khan is having the time of her life. After becoming mother to a baby girl, whom she named Inaaya Naumi Kemmu, in September this year, Soha has also turned into an author with an upcoming book, her memoir.
The 39-year old says that having a child means that now baby always comes first. “It’s no longer about my life, and that’s the most definitive change! Up until now, I have been very independent, and liked to be in control of my schedule when it came to going to the gym, and getting minimum 10 hours of sleep every night. I used to look after myself. But now, everything is about her,” quips Soha.
“It’s difficult for someone like me to relinquish control to someone else. But now Inaaya controls what I eat, when I sleep, whether or not I can watch TV — she’s the boss!” adds Soha, who feels lucky that she had her mother, yesteryear actor Sharmila Tagore to help her out in this new phase of life.
“Mom was here for a month after Inaaya was born. She said ‘I will look after the house, your diet and make sure you are healthy’. We have some nurses as well, there’s a doctor and a paediatrician, but ultimately, it’s about me, Kunal (Kemmu; her husband) and Inaaya, and we three are figuring it out together. There are people to guide you, but ultimately, you have to do it all by yourself.”
Star kids are always the centre of attention with fan clubs and pages dedicated to them and their cute photos on social media.
The latest thing on the agenda of such fans is — ‘Has Inaaya met her cousin Taimur (son of Soha’s brother Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan) yet?’ She says, “They have met, of course. But the first time they met, she was too small and didn’t recognise people or focus on any one person. It’s lovely when she focuses on your face. Now there’s a bit of recognition.”
Asked if there are plans to have playdates for the kids soon, Soha tells us, “It will take time for that. They’ve met on multiple occasions. But we’re waiting for her to be old enough.”
While being a first-time parent can be unnerving, Soha is learning how to be an efficient mother. “The first week, you’ve no idea what’s going on, and you have a bit inkling about why she’s crying — is she cranky, is she hungry or sleepy? It’s exciting to get to that stage when you are more confident,” she signs off.
Soha Ali Khan gave birth to Inaaya Naumi Kemmu (inset) in September this year