Katherine Heigl celebrates her daughter’s 13th birthday with a series of beautiful throwback photos.
The Grey’s Anatomy alum, who is currently playing in Netflix Alley of fireflies, took to Instagram on Tuesday to share photos of daughter Nancy Leigh aka Naleigh, which she shares with her husband Josh Kelley. The couple adopted Naleigh from Korea when she was a baby. Heigl shared the first photos she and Kelley received of Naleigh when she was 9 months old, as well as photos in the years leading up to her 13th year.
“Memories come and go like the ebb of the tide and I keep trying to chase them away, squeeze them tightly in my hands, hold them still so I can experience it all once more,” Heigl said in the legend. “This girl. The girl who made me a mother. The girl who gave my life a purpose. Meaning. Direction. Endless love without limits. This girl turns 13 today. 13. She is officially a teenage girl I can’t seem to process it How did it happen Wasn’t she my silly, giggling, hollow-toothed baby rolly polly just a few years ago… just yesterday? God am I grateful. For yesterday. For today. For tomorrow. For every memory that floats in a breeze and floats in my heart. “
She concluded her post with, “I love you Naleigh. I love you with every fiber of my being, with every cell of my body, with every wish of my heart. I love you. Happy birthday my beautiful daughter.
The sad truth star spoke about Naleigh, the eldest of her three children, in a recent interview with Parents magazine.
“She’s just one of two kids in her class who don’t have their own phone,” Heigl said of her then pre-teenager. “So she broke my iPad and created TikTok videos without my permission. I know she thinks I’m a bully, but I’m worried about the effect of social media on kids her age. I watched The social dilemma. So I’m like, ‘Go ahead and hate me. I’m trying to save you! ‘”
She also shared that she was open to having conversations with Naleigh and Adalaide, her second daughter who was also adopted, about their biological parents.
“They have more questions as they get older,” Heigl told the outlet. “We told them, this is your story. We don’t have any information on your biological fathers, but we do have some information on your biological mothers. If you want to talk more about it, you can have as much or as little information as you want. Tell us what you are comfortable knowing.