Sarah McLachlan says she's done having kids

02/29/2008 at 07:54 AM ET

From the sound of it, the music gene was definitely passed on to Taja Summer Sood, the 8-month-old daughter of songstress Sarah McLachlan.  The baby recently accompanied Sarah to Toronto for a concert, and that’s not the only place she likes to provide accompaniment.  Unlike her older sister India Ann Sushil, 5 ½, who never showed much interest in Sarah’s music, Taja likes to be by her mom’s side as she composes a few new songs for an upcoming greatest hits album.

I have a little baby piano beside mine and I sit Taja there and you have to hold her because she’s still only eight months old, but she just plays and plays and plays and she loves it. 

Sarah has slowed down the pace of her career since becoming a mom, and even with the services of a part-time nanny, she says exhaustion keeps her from contemplating having more kids with husband Ashwin Sood — for now, at least.

I’m 40 now and I know emotionally and physically just what I’m capable of and what I’m capable of giving — and knowing the expectations, knowing what’s needed from me, this is what I can manage and do a really good job at. Who knows, maybe I’ll adopt another kid in 10 years, maybe I’ll have some second wind in my late 40s or early 50s, but right now I’m pretty damn tired.

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The concert in Toronto was to benefit the Sunnybrook Hospital’swomen and babies program, and its a cause Sarah said was easy tosupport after going through "21 hours of hard back labor" in delivering India.  Taja was delivered by C-section in June.  Said Sarah,

Iunderstand the need to have a really good facility, in particular forhigh-risk babies and just to give mothers and babies every opportunityto get the best foot forward, and so I think this is a really good unitthat they’re building.

Bringing Taja along forthe ride was an equally easy decision.  India, Sarah said, is in schooland that’s exactly where she prefers to be.  A stadium and a musicconcert "is not a good environment" for her elder daughter, whom Sarah said would "be yelling at me all day, ‘I’m bored!‘  Taja, on the other hand, is well-suited for travel.  The baby "was fantastic," Sarah says, having taken three naps during the flight — and having taken a 3 ½-hour delay on the tarmac all in stride.

[She]just slept and laughed and slept. You know, you bring an infant intobusiness class and everybody, you can just see them all going, ‘Ugh,’and I said, ‘She’s really good, it’ll be OK!’

Source:  The Canadian Press

Thanks to CBB reader Anna.

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Andrea,Belfast on

How do you pronounce the baby’s name?

Max's mom on

Sarah is my all time favorite singer.
I know she is a very private person but I really wish we could just see one picture of her 2 girls which I am sure are gorgeous.
Was there any picture of them ever posted?

Sarah’s note: Of India, but not Taja.

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