Grey’s Anatomy actress Kelly McCreary welcomed first daughter Indigo ‘several weeks’ early but says baby is now ‘home and healthy’
Grey’s Anatomy actress Kelly McCreary gave birth to her first daughter Indigo ‘several weeks’ early but has revealed the baby is now ‘home and healthy!’
She broke the news on Instagram this Wednesday with a heartwarming snap of the newborn, whose full name she announced is Indigo Wren Chatmon.
The 40-year-old, who shares her child with her director husband Pete Chatmon, told Entertainment Weekly: ‘Emotionally, it has been a roller coaster, of course.’
‘Our everything’: Grey’s Anatomy actress Kelly McCreary gave birth to her first daughter Indigo ‘several weeks’ early but has revealed the baby is now ‘home and healthy!’
Pete re-posted Kelly’s baby photo and gushed in his caption that he was ‘Happy To Introduce This ‘Lil Lady! We Couldn’t Be More Happy.’
Kelly, who delivered on October 3, told Entertainment Weekly: ‘Like many birthing people, about the only thing that went according to our birth plan was that the baby came out! I was just so relieved that we both made it through safely.’
She added: ‘We had planned a lovely, intimate home birth, but my bag of waters broke several weeks early, so I wound up delivering in the hospital.’
Kelly revealed: ‘Indigo had to spend some time in the NICU to finish cooking, but fortunately, there were no other complications. She is home and healthy!’
Mom and Dad: The 40-year-old, who shares her child with her director husband Pete Chatmon, told Entertainment Weekly : ‘Emotionally, it has been a roller coaster, of course’
The new mother noted: ‘As stressful as it was to have Indigo in the NICU, it also meant we had a lot of parenting support in the early days.’
As a result she and her husband ‘were able to enter into parenthood with a little more sleep and a lot more knowledge than we might have otherwise had thanks to the incredible medical professionals at Cedars Sinai,’ Kelly said gratefully.
The emotional ‘roller coaster’ of new parenthood has consisted of ‘Mostly highs, but also many moments of self-doubt and worry and guilt,’ she acknowledged.
‘I am grateful for an incredibly supportive family and community and so lucky to have several close friends who are also new moms and are sharing this journey with me,’ said Kelly, who has also been a Broadway actress.
New frontier: Kelly, who is pictured in January 2020, said that new parenthood has consisted of ‘Mostly highs, but also many moments of self-doubt and worry and guilt’
‘I want to model wellness and mindfulness for Indigo, so I’m also integrating as much of those practices back into our schedule as I can, which is good for us both.’
After prematurely welcoming her baby girl Kelly was able to go ‘back to work in time to shoot the midseason finale.’
Kelly was warm about her colleagues saying: ‘Everyone at the show and Shondaland had been so incredibly supportive, and put no pressure on me, and they made it possible for me to ease my way back in gently.’
She and Pete got married by the beach with a dazzling view of the ocean in 2019, with Kelly in what Brides.com reported was a Made With Love Bridal dress.
Side by side: Kelly is pictured with La Tanya Richardson Jackson (left) on an episode of Grey’s Anatomy that aired in 2017