Kelly McCreary and husband Pete Chatmon have welcomed their first baby, daughter Indigo Wren Chatmon.
Talking completely to PEOPLE, the Grey’s Anatomy star, 40, opened up concerning the start of their daughter, who arrived “several weeks” early, the emotional however empowering curler coaster that’s motherhood and getting again to work in time for the ABC medical drama’s midseason finale.
“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,” says McCreary, who gave start to her child lady on Sunday, Oct. 3 in Los Angeles.
“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. Indigo had to spend some time in the NICU to finish cooking, but fortunately, there were no other complications. She is home and healthy!” she provides.
“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,” the actress says. “We 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”
“Emotionally, it has been a roller coaster, of course. Mostly highs, but also many moments of self-doubt and worry and guilt,” she continues. (*2*)
In August, McCreary revealed completely to PEOPLE that she and Chatmon had been expecting their first child together and shared photographs of her constructive being pregnant take a look at.
“We are really excited to share that my husband and I are expecting our first little one,” McCreary instructed PEOPLE on the time.
The actress stated that she and her director husband — who met on the set of Grey’s Anatomy and married in 2019 — knew they wished to begin a household however each determined that now was the proper time. Nevertheless, McCreary admitted she was really stunned when her Clearblue digital pregnancy test revealed she was going to be a mother.
“I actually screamed in shock when I saw pregnant. I mean, I just wasn’t expecting it,” she stated. “I had really been mentally and emotionally preparing myself for the possibility that it might take us some time to conceive. So, I was genuinely shocked.”
Now that her daughter — whom McCreary sweetly refers to as Indi — is right here, McCreary is specializing in all the fun that motherhood brings.
“Breastfeeding her makes me feel like superwoman,” McCreary tells PEOPLE. “Watching all the cute faces she makes as she sleeps, seeing how much joy her very existence brings to the whole family, and all of our friends, even the Grey’s crew — it’s such a profound reminder of how much each of us matter just by being here, and that we are not made lovable by the superficial identifiers we attach to ourselves.”
Whereas she’s nonetheless soaking all of it in, McCreary — who will seem in Thursday’s midseason finale of Grey’s Anatomy — says she’s completely happy to be again at work and has acquired loads of love and assist from her costars and the crew.
“I went back to work in time to shoot the midseason finale,” she says. “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.”
The midseason finale of Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursday at 9 p.m. EST on ABC.