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,” Katherine’s 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,” Katherine, 30, said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show last week.
Katherine said she named her baby after her mother, Nancy, and her sister, Margaret Leigh, who was also adopted from Korea.
Katherine and Josh, who wed in December 2007, have been preparing for a baby since late last year.
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.
“Katie and Josh were aware it could take years, so they were being patient,” said an insider. Of their willingness to care for a special-needs baby, the insider said, “they are thrilled to have a child in their lives, no matter what the challenges.”