Katherine Heigl Introduces Baby Naleigh

Celebrity Moms Sep. 17, 2009 AT 4:39PM
Katherine Heigl Introduces Baby Naleigh Credit: AP Photo/Cheyenne Ellis, PMK-HBH

Katherine Heigl and husband Josh Kelley have released the first photos of their 10-month-old daughter Naleigh, whom they adopted from South Korea.

"Katherine, Josh and Naleigh are together and doing well," her rep said in a statement.

Naleigh, a special-needs child, "was actually born the day before me in November, which I thought was really serendipitous and just kind of like a sign," Heigl, 30, said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show last week.

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Heigl said she named her baby after her mother, Nancy, and her sister, Margaret Leigh, who was also adopted from Korea.

The new issue of Us Weekly reports Heigl and Kelley — who wed in December 2007 — have been preparing for a baby since late last year.

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That's when they applied to adopt from Korea — completing an exhaustive, 40-page questionnaire that grilled them on everything from personal backgrounds to parenting philosophies.

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"Katie and Josh were aware it could take years, so they were being patient," says an insider. Of their willingness to care for a special-needs baby, the insider says, "they are thrilled to have a child in their lives, no matter what the challenges."

 

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