Since Baby Zola's adoption going through as been the source of much joy on our favorite medical drama, we figured now was a good time to dish on former Grey's Anatomy star Katherine Heigl's (Izzie Stevens) real life adopted daughter, Naleigh.
Katherine and husband Josh Kelley adopted Baby Naleigh from Korea. In a recent interview withScholastic Parent and Child Magazine, Katherine revealed that the transition wasn't easy, because Naleigh initially had a hard time connecting with her new mom.
"It takes time for a child to trust this new situation and to trust you," Katherine explained. "My advice is don't be discouraged. The reward is so great."
As for the future, Katherine assured the world that Naleigh won't be following in the footsteps of over-papered celebrity kids like Suri Cruise.
"[Josh and I] both have families who believe in character integrity and morality," she explained. "Not to be overindulged, to be respectful of parents... We'll have to work a little bit harder to keep Naleigh grounded and to make sure she understands how blessed she is — how blessed we all are."
For once, Katherine sounds truly grateful. We're glad adoption has brought her as much real life happiness as Zola brings MerDer on the show.
Remember to tune in to the episode on Thursday, January 19, at 9 pm ET/PT on ABC.