Katherine Heigl marked her son Joshua Jr.’s 1st birthday with a series of never-before-seen photos from inside the delivery room.
In the first picture, a topless Heigl poses with one hand cradling her bare baby bump. It was the last photo she would take before heading to the hospital with her husband, Josh Kelley, for a scheduled cesarean.
“I had never been hospitalized or had ever had any kind of surgery and had no idea what to expect,” Heigl shared in her Wednesday, December 20, post. The Doubt actress, 39, added she tried to “look cool, calm and collected” in the photo that was snapped right before she was wheeled into the operating room.
“They numbed me up, gave me some morphine and opened me up. My doctor struggled to get him out because he was really wedged in there and not quite ready to leave the womb,” wrote Heigl. “When she finally pulled him out at exactly 12:33pm he didn’t start breathing and they quickly worked to get oxygen in him and start his tiny lungs. @joshbkelley was standing with them when he finally took his first breath.”
That evening, Heigl and Kelley, who are also parents of Naleigh, 8, and Adelaide, 5, settled in for a cozy night at the hospital with their newest addition. “Found one of my all favorites #SweetHomeAlabama on the tv and just relished in our perfect newborn son,” shared the Those Heavenly Days blogger. “He was so tiny and new, so fragile and tender. 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!”
Today, Heigl says her little guy weighs 26 pounds and spends his days doing the things toddlers love to do: rolling, tumbling and shouting. “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!” she wrote. “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!”