Last September Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelly adopted their daughter Naleigh, a special-needs baby from Korea. Now Heigl tells Harper's Bazaar why Naleigh was a special-needs child: she had a congenital heart problem that was fixed by open-heart surgery before she left Korea. Here are some excerpts from the interview:
On Naleigh's condition:
"Her heart is 100 percent fine now. She has a scar, so she won't be wearing bikinis, which is fine by us. A lot of children don't find forever homes because they're on that special-needs list, even if it's because of something as simple as her mother smoked cigarettes for a month, not knowing she was pregnant. That's not so huge that you couldn't handle it."
On keeping up with fashionable celebrity tots:
"Dude, I try, but I'm not nailing the baby fashion. It's intimidating. I get beautiful outfits from Gap and baby Juicy, but I'm not layering it or putting her in Prada flats. It's really stressing me out. I want her privilege to afford her to seek many different things that might fulfill her. I don't want her to have a Beemer on her 16th birthday or spend the summer at a beach house with friends. Nope. You want a beach house, you pay for it."
On taking stock after leaving 'Grey's Anatomy':
"Now it's time to reevaluate and grow up. I hope by my mid-30s, I get to the point where I don't doubt myself. I'm going to make mistakes and say stupid things, but I won't have to sit in a room in the dark and wonder, 'Am I a bad person?' It will be 'Okay, Katie, enough with the drama.'"
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