Eva Mendes steps back into the spotlight for first post-baby appearance

By: Sarah Kelsey

Eva Mendes is back in the spotlight! After months of private preparation for the birth of Eva and Ryan Gosling’s baby girl, Esmeralda, the 40-year-old actress was spotted out and about in Los Angeles not once, but twice.

While on the set of a commercial, Eva was snapped wearing a sleek and on-trend ensemble, including black cropped pants, a black V-neck sweater and brown ankle booties. The icing on the cake that is an enviably svelte figure was lush flowing locks and minimal makeup.

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That same day, perhaps on her way to dinner, the new mom was snapped rocking a cropped burgundy blazer and a printed dress.

The pics are the first snaps of the Hitched star since March 2014, when Eva appeared at the launch event for her spring 2014 New York & Company collection. A few months later, news broke that she and Ryan were expecting their first baby.

Read more: Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes welcome a daughter

The story came as a bit of a surprise to some, as breakup rumours had circled the couple throughout 2013. Today, though, the duo’s love appears to be stronger than ever.

The Canadian heartthrob reportedly cried upon seeing his newborn daughter for the first time on Sept. 12. According to an insider, “Ryan is madly in love with the baby.”

The 33-year-old actor was also said to have doted on Eva throughout her private pregnancy. “Ryan has been taking care of her, picking up food and running errands. He has been very supportive about keeping things a secret,” said one insider.

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