Eva Mendes has spoken about what life has been like since she and partner Ryan Gosling welcomed their baby girl Esmeralda. “I’m completely exhausted, I thought my wild nights were over but there are some of the wildest nights I’ve ever had.”
Baby Esmeralda was born back in September, and her proud mummy revealed the inspiration behind her name “We both love the Esmeralda character from the Victor Hugo novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and just think it is a beautiful name,” she explained. “Her middle is Amada, which was my grandmother’s name. It means ‘beloved’ in Spanish. We were really excited about naming her.”
Eva, 40, said that she and Ryan, 34, have so far cared for their baby girl without the help of a nanny, relying instead of their mothers or siblings to “come over and really help”.
She added, “But as far as a nanny or night nurse, for me that part of being a mother at this early stage is the struggle of not being able to sleep and not knowing what I’m doing and really going through it with her and battling out those nights.”
Motherhood has also made the actress more appreciative of her own mum. “I cannot believe that by the time my mother was 24 she had three kids under the age of four,” Eva reflected. “She was in Cuba and totally alone. So when it’s the wee hours of the night and I’m feeling a bit insane I think about her and realise that I have no right to complain about anything.”