By peoplestaff225
Updated March 20, 2010 08:00 AM

With a well-earned reputation as one of the greatest female golfers in history, Annika Sörenstam could surely afford help when it comes to caring for Ava Madelyn, her 6-month-old daughter with husband Mike McGee.

However, she tells that the couple prefer to go it alone.

“We decided that we wanted to figure out things ourselves,” Sörenstam, 39, explains.

“It’s something that we’re obviously going to look into. But we really want to raise Ava ourselves.”

Noting the “24/7” nature of parenting, the golf pro says that life with Ava has been “wonderful” thus far.

The couple rely on their parents as needed, but “try to do the work” themselves.

“We take shifts at night and also in the day with baby duty,” Sörenstam adds.

Their cooperative approach is on full display each and every morning, as one parent feeds Ava while the other hits the gym, and continues throughout the day. Reveals Sörenstam,

“After Mike goes to the office, I try to get some e-mails and phone calls in between Ava’s feeding and sleeping schedule. In the afternoons I try to go to the [Annika Academy in Orlando] or to a photo shoot, and Mike comes home to watch the baby. We crash around 8:30.”

Now that Ava is “pretty close” to sleeping through the night — snoozing from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. — the family as a whole is feeling well-rested. “We’re pretty happy with that,” Sörenstam reports.

When asked what the future holds, Sörenstam says she “wouldn’t mind” more kids but notes that she and Mike “have a handful” now. Focusing all their attention on Ava suits the couple just fine for now, she adds.

“I want to be a really good mom to Ava. I want her to be able to enjoy life and explore different things and explore her interests. I also want to be a good wife to my husband.”

As for whether or not Ava will follow in mom’s famous footsteps, the verdict is out!

“She has a putter,” Sörenstam quips, “but right now it goes in her mouth more than anything.”