Katherine Heigl Shares Never-Before-Seen Photos of Her Son's Birth & Her Difficult C-Section Story

Katherine Heigl with son Joshua

There's something about a child's birthday that prompts mothers to stop, take pause, and reflect on the moment they welcomed their bundles of joy into the world. Actress Katherine Heigl shared private photos of her son's birth to commemorate his first birthday. And my, will her story make you cry something ugly.

  • Katherine took to Instagram to share private images of her now 1-year-old son Joshua's birth.

    The celeb mom and her husband Josh Kelley welcomed Joshua on December 20 of last year. The adorable baby boy joins sisters Nancy, 9, and Adalaide, 5.

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  • The mom of three reveals in her heartfelt post that Joshua was breech for some time, prompting Katherine to schedule a C-section.

    "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," the star writes in her Instagram message.

  • "At 9am one year ago today I had [Josh] take this photo of me so I could remember how incredibly pregnant I was right before we left for the hospital ..." Heigl writes in her post.

  • "I had never been hospitalized or had ever had any kind of surgery and had no idea what to expect."

    "[This] photo is right before I went in for surgery," she notes. "Trying to look cool, calm and collected! They numbed me up, gave me some morphine and opened me up."

  • Katherine recalls the scary moment her doctor struggled to safely pull out her precious boy, and the fight to get him to breathe.

    "My doctor struggled to get him out because he was really wedged in there and not quite ready to leave the womb," Heigel reveals. "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."

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  • "[Josh] was standing with them when he finally took his first breath," the mom writes.

  • "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 continues:

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    "As evening settled in Josh and I got cozy in my hospital room, found one of my all time favorites #SweetHomeAlabama on the tv and just relished in our perfect newborn son. 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."

  • No matter the difficulties, Katherine is beyond thankful for her beautiful boy and celebrates his first year of life with every ounce of her being.

  • "... 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!" Heigl mentions in her Instagram post. "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!" Heigl writes.

    "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!"

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  • Katherine's touching Instagram post is truly a testament to a mother's love.

    What a gorgeous family!

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