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Katherine Heigl: Being A Working Mom Is 'The Most Selfish Decision Of My Life'

Tue, January 10, 2012 5:03pm EDT by 1 Comment
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The former ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star opened up about balancing motherhood and her family in a revealing, personal blog post.

In her first mommy blog post for iVillage, Katherine Heigl admitted she was concerned about being a working mom and not having enough time to spend with her adopted daughter Naleigh and husband Josh Kelley. “I couldn’t help but wonder what I had gotten myself into and if the choice I made to be a working mother was the most selfish decision of my life,” she wrote.

When Katherine adopted Naleigh, she thought she was ready: “I knew, of course, as I prepared to welcome my daughter into my life that it would be a bit of a juggling act but I had no doubt that I could do it. After all, it’s 2012 and women have been told that we can have it all if we want it. I went into it full throttle, ready to buckle down and make it all work seamlessly as I always imagined I could.”

But then reality hit. “No matter how great my intentions, how lofty my goals, how passionate my commitment, I was failing. I was failing my work, I was failing my daughter, I was failing my husband,” she honestly admitted.

Katherine pulled back from her career to be a stay-at-home mom, but she missed acting: “The simple truth is that I love my daughter passionately and as most mothers do, think she is the smartest, funniest, prettiest child in the whole world — but she cannot fulfill everything in me.”

HollyMoms — have you had a difficult time balancing motherhood and work?

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