There are many ages and stages when it comes to parenting and no matter how old your kids get, there will always be something to worry about and deal with. Yet all parents can attest to the significant shift in stress levels as your babies transition to bigger kids and you finally get some breathing room. Eva Mendes and husband Ryan Gosling have finally reached that place and we can all relate to that happy feeling.

In a recent cover story for the May issue of Women’s Health, Mendes revealed a lot about her experience as a mom and parenting the two daughters she shares with Gosling. Their girls  Amada Lee, three, and Esmeralda Amada, four, have finally reached the age when things start to move into that parenting territory that gives parents a chance to catch their breath.

“We’re just starting to get out of survival mode,” Mendes said. “I’m starting to feel like a person again.”

Mendes admitted that before she met her husband, kids weren’t necessarily in the cards for her. “Ryan Gosling happened. I mean, falling in love with him,” she says. “Then it made sense for me to have … not kids, but his kids. It was very specific to him.”

Now that she’s a mom of two, however, she has embraced motherhood completely. Once she had kids she discovered that her drive towards her career had diminished and it took a backseat to raising her kids.

“Every day is such a learning experience — they challenge you in so many ways. Like, I’m their mom. I have to rise up, and hopefully, most of the time I do, but sometimes it’s definitely maddening.”

—Shahrzad Warkentin

Featured photo: Wikimedia Commons



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