For Katherine Heigl, the biggest perk of leaving Grey's Anatomy has been time with daughter Naleigh, nearly 17 months.
"Life is great," Heigl told Entertainment Tonight on Thursday. "It's really family oriented right now…[it] feels as it should be."
Heigl and musician husband Josh Kelley adopted Naleigh (full name: Nancy Leigh) last September from Korea. "Naleigh's still so new in our lives," Heigl, 31, said.
"They change every month so monumentally that every month she's a new kid," she marveled.
Latest milestones? "She just started walking this weekend, she started talking more last month," the proud mom reported. "If I were missing that right now, I would just be devastated."
Late last month, after weeks of speculation, the actress confirmed her departure from Grey's, calling the agreement "amicable." The star said at the time that starting a family "changed my desire to work full-time."
With a full slate of film projects, Heigl told ET Thursday, "I'm still a working mom, but I'm really grateful that I have the time with her that I do now."
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