Eva Mendes, Ryan Gosling 'Excited' About Celebrating Christmas With Daughter Esmeralda

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Eva Mendes and longtime boyfriend Ryan Gosling say they are excited about spending Christmas with their daughter, 14-month-year-old Esmeralda.

Recently, Ryan Gosling opened up to Hello magazine about how he and Eva Mendes are excitedly anticipating spending the holidays together as a family of three.

“This will be our first Christmas where [Esmeralda is] sort of taking it all in, so that’s exciting,” the 35-year-old actor said of the couple’s 14-month-old daughter, whom they welcomed in September 2014.

Gosling added that fatherhood is not as difficult as some might think.

“[It’s] not rocket science,” he told the magazine.

One thing is very clear from the interview. Gosling is mad in love with Mendes, 41, whom he praised.

“I know that I’m with the person I’m supposed to be with,” he said, adding that the only quality he looks for in a woman is “that she’s Eva Mendes. There’s nothing else I’m looking for.”

Mendes has been just as adoring of her little family. During an interview with Women’s Health earlier this year, the Hitch actress said sleepless nights were welcomed.

“I’m actually enjoying [it],” Eva Mendes told the magazine. “Because it’s bonding with my little girl.”

In September, the couple quietly celebrated Esmeralda’s first birthday.

“It was a quiet and casual party, not the typical celebrity first birthday blowout with vendors and other celebrity guests,” an onlooker told Us Weekly. “It looked like it was just their simple style and more about family and close friends coming together to celebrate Esmeralda."

Pam Wright