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On De­cem­ber 19, Eva Men­des was spot­ted shop­ping in Hol­ly­wood with her two daugh­ters, and a new ac­ces­sory – a baby bump! The 44-year-old wore a loose-fit­ting shirt over her tee and denim skirt, but the tell­tale signs that an­other lit­tle one might be on the way couldn’t be mis­taken. ‘They’re over the moon,’ an in­sider tells of the pos­si­ble third ad­di­tion to Eva’s fam­ily with long-time love, Ryan Gosling. ‘They’re telling friends it’s the mir­a­cle they never ex­pected.’

The cou­ple are no­to­ri­ously known for keep­ing their per­sonal lives ex­tremely pri­vate. In fact, Eva was able to keep her last preg­nancy a se­cret un­til the fi­nal weeks be­fore she gave birth! But while the ac­tress prefers to keep the happy news to her­self, she’s not shy about shar­ing her love of moth­er­hood. ‘I’m just so ob­sessed with my kids that I don’t want to leave them,’ Eva pre­vi­ously gushed about daugh­ters Es­mer­alda, four, and Amada, two.

Ryan has also made no se­cret of his hap­pi­ness since find­ing his lady love and wel­com­ing their girls. ‘Eva’s the dream mother and they’re dream ba­bies, and it’s like a dream that I’m hav­ing right now,’ the 38-year-old shared. ‘I feel so lucky.’

Par­ent­hood hasn’t all been smooth sail­ing for the cou­ple, with Eva ad­mit­ting she’s found it dif­fi­cult re­turn­ing to work since hav­ing her daugh­ters. ‘I think it’s like a day-to-day kind of strug­gle, you know. And then the guilt! Oh my God, no­body warns you about the guilt that you feel when you do work… I’m all for, ob­vi­ously, tak­ing care of my­self – that’s how I can take care of them, of course – but that guilt that’s just kind of al­ways there. It’s like, “Ugh, this is gonna be there for­ever now,”’ she ex­plains. ‘I just strug­gle like ev­ery other work­ing mother. It’s so hard, and I haven’t fig­ured out the bal­ance at all. Leav­ing them is hard.’

And it’s her re­luc­tance to re­turn to act­ing and the Hol­ly­wood so­cial scene that Ryan’s found dif­fi­cult to com­pre­hend – with his ca­reer con­tin­u­ing to go from strength to strength. ‘Things were really tense be­tween Eva and Ryan be­fore – it was awk­ward even be­ing in the same room with them,’ spills an in­sider. ‘But they’ve changed to­wards each other lately and seem really loved-up. Now friends sus­pect it could be be­cause she’s ex­pect­ing again.’

Fam­ily has al­ways been at the fore­front of the cou­ple’s re­la­tion­ship, hav­ing wel­comed Es­mer­alda just three years into their ro­mance. ‘When you meet your kids you re­alise that they de­serve great par­ents,’ Ryan pre­vi­ously shared. ‘And then you have your march­ing orders and you have to try and be­come the per­son that they de­serve.’

And while Eva has her doubts about her par­ent­ing prow­ess, the star says she has the most amaz­ing sup­port sys­tem help­ing her to get through it all. ‘I kind of have been fig­ur­ing it out as I’m go­ing along and it’s just im­por­tant to have a sup­port sys­tem,’ Eva ex­plains. ‘I have my fam­ily, I have Ryan’s fam­ily and that’s just, like, in­valu­able to have fam­ily around sup­port­ing you.’

De­spite there be­ing whis­pers of trou­ble in their ro­mance in re­cent times, the pos­si­bil­ity of wel­com­ing an­other ‘mir­a­cle’ has ap­peared to help the pair come out the other side. ‘They’d def­i­nitely dis­cussed hav­ing an­other baby at some point, but when things started to get tense they put the idea on the back­burner for a bit,’ ad­mits an­other in­sider. ‘But their kids mean the world to them and an­other baby could be just the thing that brings their fam­ily back to­gether.’


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