Katherine Heigl Opens Up About Adopting Her Daughter

Posted by PZ on September 21st, 2010

Photo by: Suzan/AAD/starmaxinc.com 2010 6/9/10 Katherine Heigl at the premiere of Killers . (London, England) Photo via Newscom

Actress Katherine Heigl adopted daughter Naleigh from Korea when she was a newborn, and Katherine took some time out from her work to bond with Naleigh, which she says was hard at first, and that her husband Josh Kelly bounded with their new daughter quicker:

“The first thing she said was, ‘Dada,’ and then she’d call everybody else she loved ‘Dada, she actually attached to Josh much faster.”

The couple had discussed adoption before they even became engaged, so it was a dream come true for Katherine when their adoption was finalized, although she says it has sometimes been hard:

“I had a lot of complicated emotions about it because I chose to go back to work, I love what I do and – this isn’t just making excuses – if I weren’t fulfilling this thing in me to perform, to live out my passion, I don’t know that I would be the mom I need to be.”

Katherine has cut down on her work so she can spend time with her growing family, and has slowly learned to bond with her new daughter, who is now 20 months old:

“Naleigh learned with me that the word ‘Mama’ was synonymous with kisses, so when she first started saying, ‘Mama,’ she would also make a little kiss sound … She started saying it maybe a month or two ago. I would come into the room and she’d go, ‘Mama!’ And it was like, Thank God.”

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