Katherine Heigl Shares Emotional Post About Giving Birth on Her Son's First Birthday
By Liz Calvario
Katherine Heigl is opening up about the hardships she endured while giving birth to her son, Josh, one year ago.
The 39-year-old actress shared a handful of images on Instagram on Wednesday, detailing her and husband Josh Kelley's day as she prepared for her cesarean delivery.
"At 9am one year ago today I had @joshbkelley take this photo of me so I could remember how incredibly pregnant I was right before we left for the hospital and my 12pm scheduled cesarean," Heigl began her lengthy post. "Joshua Jr had been in the breech position for over a month and had still not moved an inch a week before his due date so I made the decision to have a cesarean and was incredibly nervous and a little scared this time last year. I had never been hospitalized or had ever had any kind of surgery and had no idea what to expect."
The Unforgettable star explained how the second pic was of her before she went into surgery and how the doctor "struggled to get" her baby out "because he was really wedged in there and not quite ready to leave the womb."
"When she finally pulled him out at exactly 12:33pm he didn’t start breathing and they worked quickly to get oxygen in him and start his tiny lungs. @joshbkelley was standing with them when he finally took his first breath. That day, as I slowly came out of the morphine haze and clutched my tiny man to me I thanked the heavens for his breath, his life and for making me a mother three times over," she continued.
The couple then "got cozy" and rejoiced in their son's arrival.
"He was so tiny and new, so fragile and tender," Heigl expressed. "As I lay him down to sleep that first night in his very appropriate 'welcome to the world' sleep sack I thought the moment would last forever."
"Yet here we are, a whole year later and it’s only the photos that remind me my brute of a boy was ever so new and small!" she added. "Now, he’s 26 pounds of rolling, tumbling, grasping, giggling, shouting, curious, jolly energy! He is everything and more than I could have hoped for and he has brought our family even more joy, love, laughter, abundance, bliss and yes, exhaustion and exasperation too! It’s been a hell of a year and I could not be more grateful for it or him! Happy Birthday to my little man! Maybe I can make this next year go a little slower!"