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Katherine Heigl: Daughter Attached To Dad Much Faster

First Posted: 09/21/10 10:40 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 06:45 PM ET

Katherine Heigl Instyle

Katherine Heigl covers the October issue of InStyle, and in the interview she talks about daughter Naleigh, whom she and Josh Kelly adopted from South Korea last year. Heigl previously told Entertainment Weekly that she left 'Grey's Anatomy' because she didn't want to work full-time as a mom.

Here are some excerpts from the InStyle story (via People):

On Naleigh's first word:
"The first thing she said was, 'Dada,' and then she'd call everybody else she loved 'Dada.' She actually attached to Josh much faster."

On going back to work for 'Life As We Know It':
"I had a lot of complicated emotions about it because I chose to go back to work. 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."

On bonding with Naleigh:
"Naleigh learned with me that the word 'Mama' was synonymous with kisses. 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."

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