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Katherine Heigl's Daughter is a Daddy's Girl: First Word is 'Dada'

Katherine Heigl, Josh Kelly and daughter Naleigh

Katherine Heigl, Josh Kelly and daughter Naleigh

Katherine Heigl’s daughter is really daddy’s little girl.

“The first thing she said was Dada,”  she said about her husband, Josh Kelley. 

“She actually attached to Josh much faster,” Katherine says in says in the October issue of InStyle magazine

“Then she’d call everybody else she loved Dada,” Katherine says of their daughter Nancy Leigh Mi-Eun (Naleigh).

Katherine and Josh discussed adopting a baby even before they were engaged. A year later when they adopted their daughter from Korea, Katherine called it a dream come true.

This new mama admits that becoming a mom and connecting with her daughter wasn’t easy.  “I had a lot of complicated emotions about it because I chose to go back to work,” she says.

Katherine Heigl

Katherine Heigl

“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.”

So Katherine has found a balance, working only three months a year instead of nine.  Now that her latest film has finishing filming, the mother-daughter relationship between her and Naleigh has improved.

“Naleigh learned with me that the word ‘Mama’ was synonymous with kisses,” the star of Knocked Up and Grey’s Anatomy says.

“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.”

For more from Heigl’s interview, pickup the October issue of InStyle, on newsstands Friday.


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