Eva Mendes Explains Her Daughter’s Name

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Eva Mendes has opened up about her baby daughter, Esmeralda Amada.

The 40 year-old actress, who had a child with Ryan Gosling in September, said in a new interview with Violet Grey’s The Violet Files that motherhood has been full of surprises. “I thought my wild nights were over, but these are some of the wildest nights I’ve ever had,” she said.

Eva says she finds support from other mothers online. “I go to BabyCenter.com and read the comment section from other mothers because I find so much solace in that,” she explained.

“Just knowing that I’m not alone out there and that other moms have gone through the same thing can at least get me through the night. I’m doing it without a nanny for now but I’m open to the idea of having a nanny in the future,” she continued.

“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.”

Eva also explained where the unique name Esmeralda Amada came from. “Ryan and I both love the Esmeralda character from the Victor Hugo novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and we just think it’s a beautiful name,” she said. “Amada was my grandmother’s name. It means ‘beloved’ in Spanish.”

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