Eva Mendes Shares How She & Ryan Gosling Chose a Baby Name!

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Eva Mendes is keeping quiet about her relationship with Ryan Gosling, but there's another love in her life she can't quit gushing about: their new daughter, Esmeralda Amada! In a recent interview with Violet Grey founder Cassandra Huysentruyt Grey, Mendes dished on all things baby — from how she and Gosling chose their daughter's unique name and keeping Esmeralda out of the limelight to her first months as a parent.

"Ryan and I both love the Esmeralda character from the Victor Hugo novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and just think it's a beautiful name," Mendes said. "Amada was my grandmother's name. It means 'beloved' in Spanish."

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Although she has a hunky partner in crime to help get her through late nights with their baby girl, Mendes notes that her first months as a parent have been difficult. "I thought my wild nights were over but these are some of the wildest nights I've ever had," she said. "Everything is a struggle for her. For instance, I haven't thrown up since the '90s and she's thrown up twice since we started this interview. Motherhood is cake compared to what it's like to be a baby."

Mendes even shared the sweet reason why she and Gosling kept their happy pregnancy news a secret for so long. "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. And my pregnancy was the first opportunity to give her that."

While she made no mention of wedding plans, we're holding out hope that these two (and what we can only imagine is their incredibly beautiful daughter) make their way down the aisle soon!

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