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Katherine Heigl reveals how pandemic parenting changed her

Katherine Heigl said parenting during the pandemic changed her mind about having another child for now

Katherine Heigl arrives at the CMT Music Awards at Music City Center on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. Katherine Heigl said parenting during the pandemic changed her mind about having another child for now.
Katherine Heigl arrives at the CMT Music Awards at Music City Center on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. Heigl said parenting during the pandemic changed her mind about having another child for now.
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Actress Katherine Heigl and her husband, Josh Kelly, were thinking about having another child — but then the pandemic hit, and it completely changed her mind.

What’s going on?

Parents magazine recently interviewed Heigl about what she’s been doing while spending time at her Utah ranch during the coronavirus pandemic.

Heigl said she and her husband were considering having another child before the pandemic. But everything changed.

  • “Before the pandemic, I thought that we needed one more child to complete this home. I wasn’t sure if we would go the foster care route or adoption or maybe another pregnancy. But now I have completely changed my mind. I am very content with my three!” she told Parents magazine.

Now, Heigl said she might try to adopt another dog.

  • “Yeah, but you know, I could see myself fostering one more dog. There’s one sweet old girl now at the shelter named Olive who was used for breeding and then abandoned. I’d love to let her live out her last couple of years here on a soft bed. I just have to convince Josh,” she said, according to Parents magazine.

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Heigl recently told The Washington Post that she struggled to talk to her children — Naleigh, 12; Adalaide, 8, adopted in 2012; and Joshua Jr., 4 — about diversity, too.

  • “There is not a ton of diversity in Utah, and that was not something we even thought of because we were living in our white bubble and just kind of thinking ‘love is love,’” Heigl said. “It was a very big eye-opener. I took to seeking advice and counsel from those who are more steeped in this experience and staying up at night trying to figure out how ... I have this conversation with my kids?”
  • “I know every mother of a child who has to have this conversation must feel the same, and they’re probably, like, ‘Suck it up, Heigl. This is what has to be done.’ But it feels like taking a piece of their soul.”

As I wrote about before, Heigl said coming back to Utah from Toronto — where she had been filming “Suits” — was a bit of a struggle for her family to readjust.

“It’s a lot,” she said about relocating. “Gone are the days where you would just pack a suitcase and go and be on location for nine months. It’s taken me a really long time to somehow wrap my brain about the fact that (the days of being on the go) are over, so when you’re looking for a place to live, I have to keep in mind, I need these many bedrooms, and I also raise my niece, so she’s with us — there’s four kids, my husband and I, and two dogs. It’s chaos, but we’re getting it together and better and down to a science.”