Eva Mendes has a lot of help for her 1-year-old daughter, Esmeralda!
The 41-year-old Hitch star sat down with Wendy Williams on Wednesday, where she discussed why she and partner Ryan Gosling have elected to not hire a nanny.
"I’ve never appreciated my family so much, they’ve been amazing," said Eva, revealing that her family has been a big help with her daughter. "I don’t technically have a nanny, but I do have help. I like to clarify. I’m certainly not anti-nanny, you do what you need to do as a parent, but I’m so grateful that I have help with my family and [Ryan's] family.
"I feel like we can be really hard on each other. That whole term, 'bounce back' after pregnancy. I don’t know, I don’t like that terminology," she said. "Look, if you go into the bikini two weeks after, good for you, but that wasn’t me. I just feel like we as women need to support each other more."
On Saturday, Eva and Ryan celebrated Esmeralda's first birthday with a small family get-together at their Los Angeles home.
"It was a pretty quiet family affair," an eyewitness tells ET. "There was no music or any sign of other babies or older kids."
Eva and Ryan met on the set of The Place Beyond the Pines in 2011, and welcomed their first child together Sept. 12, 2014. The very pretty Disney name comes from the place you'd expect it to.
"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," the actress said last November.