Firefly Lane's Katherine Heigl shocks fans with rare photo of daughter Naleigh looking 'all grown up' on 13th birthday

Firefly Lane's Katherine Heigl shocks fans with rare photo of daughter Naleigh looking 'all grown up' on 13th birthday

November 24, 2021

KATHERINE Heigl shocked fans with a new, rare photo of her and husband Josh Kelley’s eldest child, daughter Naleigh, looking “all grown up.”

The Firefly Lane star, 43, shared an emotional note she dedicated to her daughter in honor of her 13th birthday, along with photos of the teen from throughout the years.

Katherine and Josh, who have been married since 2007, share three kids – daughters Naleigh, 13, and Adalaide, nine, and son Joshua, four.

To celebrate Naleigh’s big 1-3, Katherine penned a touching tribute on Instagram, telling the story of her and Josh adopting the baby girl over a decade ago and all of the beautiful memories they’ve shared since.

She included a gallery of photos from throughout the years, showing how much the teen has grown over the years.

The first photo was of Naleigh as a tiny, little baby, while the next few see her growing up into a fun and funny toddler.

As the snapshots continue, fans saw the Katherine’s daughter smiling and laughing, and making those around her do the same.

The second-to-last shot showed her putting up a peace sign and pouting her lips as she stood in front of a sign noting it was her 10th birthday.

The final snap was the most recent, of the newly-minted 13-year-old smiling and sitting in front of blooming flowers.

Katherine’s followers couldn’t believe how “all grown up” her daughter is now, after only being shared photos of her once in a while and having seen pics of her since she was just a baby.

One shocked fan wrote: “Oh my goodness!!! 13?!? – already?!?”

Another said: “Awe wow, she is just beautiful. What a beautiful words from you too. Kids growing up is so emotional on us mommas.❤️”

A third commented: omg!!! she’s a teen already. happy bday naleigh ❤️

Others called Naleigh a “stunningly beautiful girl” and commended Katherine on the “touching tribute” she wrote for her birthday.

In the caption, the 27 Dresses actress wrote: “The first two photos are the first two photos @joshbkelley and I received of our beautiful baby daughter Nancy Leigh Mi-Eun as she waited in Seoul Korea to come home to us and we waited in LA to hold the baby we already loved.”

She continued: “I’m not gonna lie…I’m tearing up a little…ok a lot…looking through these photos, reaching back in time grasping at the smoke of memories that still hold this gorgeous, spectacular girl at 9 months. 

“All folds and rolls and chicken fluff hair. Then mists of memory that hold her at 2. All gap toothed grins and endless giggles and girly sass. 

“The memories drift in and out like the ebbing of the tide and I keep trying to chase them, grip them tight in my hands, hold them still so I can live it all just one more time.” 

Katherine added: “This girl. The girl that made me a mother. The girl that gave my life purpose. Meaning. Direction. Boundless eternal love. This girl turns 13 today. 13. 

“She is officially a teenager. I can’t seem to process it. How did this happen. Wasn’t she my silly, giggling, gap toothed, rolly polly baby just a few years ago…just yesterday? 

“God am I grateful. For yesterday. For today. For tomorrow. For every memory that drifts in on a breeze and flutters across my heart. For every new memory I have the privilege of making with this extraordinary girl. 

“I love you Naleigh. I love you with every fiber of being, every cell in my body, every wish in my heart. I love you. Happy Birthday my beautiful girl.”

Her husband Josh responded to the birthday post about their daughter, writing: “Beautifully written my love!!!”

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