Eva Mendes Reveals How Her And Ryan Gosling Chose Their Daughter's Name
The actress has opened up about life as a new mum, shocking us all with the news that they don't have any nannies...
On why her and Ryan chose the name, Mendes revealed to Violet Grey: "We both love the Esmeralda character from the Victor Hugo novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame and just think it’s a beautiful name. Her middle is Amada, which was my grandmother’s name. It means “beloved” in Spanish."
While being pregnant is hard enough, being a celeb brings with it 'bump watch' which means a whole load of scrutiny, for both her and her baby.
"Whether we like it or not, privacy is going to be very difficult for Esmeralda. I think it’s unfair but that’s our reality. So Ryan and I decided early on to give her as much privacy as we could," she revealed.
Eva went on to add: "And my pregnancy was the first opportunity to give her that. It’s such an intimate time for the mother, too. I know that it seems all very innocuous when you’re flipping through a tabloid at the doctor’s office or see a photo of a pregnant lady online, but I find the media’s “bump watch” obsession to be both intrusive and stressful. So I made a decision to eject myself from it completely. I was like, “Annnnd I’m out.”
Though don't go thinking Esmerelda has a team of nannies and night nurses, oh no, Eva has revealed that with a little help from family they're doing it on their own.
"I’m doing it without a nanny for now but I’m open to the idea of having a nanny in the future. Esmeralda has two amazing grandmothers and incredible aunties who come over and really help me."
"But as far as a nanny or a 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
On whether she thinks about her daughter being a teen one day: "You know, I don’t because she’s 6 weeks old. I want to stay present with her. But I do consider how my own actions now will seem to her later on."
Adding: "The idea that I would ever embarrass her is really heartbreaking for me."