In an exclusive photoshoot and interview with HELLO! magazine, jazz singer Natalie Rushdie and her husband Zafar – the eldest son of author Sir Salman Rushdie – proudly introduce their newborn daughter and reveal her beautiful name: Rose Anastasia Clarissa Rushdie.
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"Holding Rose in my arms for the first time was overwhelmingly magical. I can't explain how much I love her. It's a love I've never experienced in my life. We feel so incredibly lucky that she is here and healthy," Natalie said of her first-born, who arrived on 9 October weighing 7lbs 15 oz and who is the first grandchild of Sir Salman.
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One of the first family members to meet Rose was her proud grandfather. Salman's journey from his home in New York involved wearing PPE for 12 hours, followed by two-weeks of self- isolation in the UK before he was able to safely meet his new granddaughter.
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"He is the baby whisperer," Natalie, 34, told HELLO!, while Zafar added: "He picks Rose up and she'll go silent and fall asleep in his arms, so we'll definitely be using him for that. And hopefully he'll offer some grandad day-care services in the future – as well as Zoom homework sessions."
The couple welcomed their daughter on 9 October
Natalie's love of music played an instrumental role in making Rose's birth, via C-section, a "magical and calm" experience.
"I made a beautiful playlist of all my favourite jazz songs," said the radiant new mum. "Rose came out to my favourite song I've Got You Under My Skin, which I sing all the time. The next song that played was our wedding dance song Nat King Cole's Unforgettable. We couldn't have predicted that – it was perfect."
Natalie says the birth was a "magical and calm" experience
Zafar has proved a natural in the role of hands-on dad, "changing 99% of the nappies" according to Natalie.
"Rose is a very chilled baby," said Zafar, 41. "Rose sleeps well in little segments throughout the night and she's a real mummy's girl. As soon as Natalie touches her, she's chilled."
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