The Oscar winner wrote, "Bari x Abu," in the caption — "Abu" meaning "father" in Arabic — along with a purple heart emoji

By Alexia Fernandez
March 21, 2017 08:07 PM
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Credit: Mahershala Ali/Instagram

Mahershala Ali is one proud papa.

The Oscar winner shared a cute photo on Instagram on Monday of his baby daughter Bari Najma in his lap. He captioned the photo by writing, “Bari x Abu” — “Abu” meaning “father” in Arabic — along with a purple heart emoji.

The Moonlight star and his wife, Amatus Sami-Karim welcomed their daughter in February. She is the first child for both of them.

Ali, 43, told PEOPLE at The Most Powerful Stylists in Hollywood Dinner in early March that fatherhood was a “different kind of crazy,” but that he already has favorite moments with Bari.

“She was smiling last night,” he said. “It’s just been great to know this little person whose body seems to change every day and whose awareness heightens every day. It’s just been exciting.”

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After winning an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for the Barry Jenkins-directed drama, and appearing in the box office hit Hidden Figures, Ali says becoming a father has put everything into perspective.

“I think it changes your relationship with time,” he revealed. “I just don’t have time to waste. You gotta be really deliberate with how you choose to spend your day because those are the moments you’re away from your child. If anything, I want to work in a more focused way and discover the right balance for my life.”