January 01, 2012 11:00 AM

GSI Media

She’s getting so big!

Laila Ali and daughter Sydney J. stop and pose for a photo while on their way to shop at Sundance Boutique in Calabasas, Calif. on Thursday.

The 8-month-old was Ali’s dream come true, the former boxer and Dancing With the Stars contestant admits.

“Before I got pregnant with Sydney I started paying attention to girls with their moms and I thought, ‘Oh, I want a girl,'” she tells PEOPLE.

Ali, 34, and husband Curtis Conway are also parents to son C.J. Muhammad, 3.

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