The reality for her was something far different after she and husband Josh Kelley first adopted their first child, Naleigh, back in 2009.
As she explained, "Naleigh came to us at nine months and three days later, I got on a plane and went to work in Atlanta." She found herself terrified while filming "Grey's Anatomy" that she was missing out and what that might mean.
"I never saw that baby," she said. "I was at work with three triplets who were playing my god daughter and I spent more time with them then I did with my new daughter."
She went on to note that while she was working, Naleigh was bonding with Kelley. "I was always afraid that I had missed that opportunity to really bond with her and that she didn't love me," she continued.
As proof that things didn't work out at all that way, Heigi got to watch her appearance from ten years ago on "The View" with toddler Naleigh in the audience. In the clip, Naleigh reached her arms out for mom and finally ran up onto the stage to hug and be with her.