Katherine Heigl had a hard time adjusting to motherhood when she and husband Josh Kelley adopted their daughter Naleigh in 2009. The 33-year-old actress worried for weeks that her now 3-year-old daughter would not adapt well to her new home.
“The first few days we were shell-shocked and terrified of messing up,” she confesses to Britain’s Cosmopolitan magazine. “I felt a need to protect her – that’s just a mother’s instinct – but I was also intimidated by her, and nervous that she wouldn’t love me.”
She’d just flown across the world and we were speaking a different language, we were in a different time zone, we looked different… plus she’d been in a really loving, wonderful foster home. For the first three weeks, we couldn’t get her to giggle. I was like, ‘Oh no, she hates us.’
Nowadays, it looks as though Katherine and her little one are doing just fine! The proud mama recently gushed about her “kooky” daughter: “She just turned three a couple of weeks ago and we did a big birthday party. She’s fantastic, she’s really kooky… very sort of quirky, sense of humor.”