Eva Mendes
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Being a new mom is hard but rewarding work—just ask Eva Mendes. The star, who gave birth to her first child with Ryan Gosling in mid-September, a daughter named Esmeralda Amada Gosling, stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday to dish on what it's like to take on this brand-new role.

"I'm exhausted and it's the best," Mendes said. She admits that baby Esmeralda, who's just shy of 2 months old, isn't sleeping through the night, but that the lack of rest is worth it for the first time parents. "I wouldn't have it any other way."

Mendes, who looked stunning in a bright red sleeveless dress paired with a gold statement necklace, says she'll bounce back to her pre-pregnancy weight "eventually" (we think she already looks fab!). The actress revealed that her trick so far has been breastfeeding. "Breastfeeding is really, you know, helping, and then obviously you want to be healthy for the baby ’cause she's eating kind of what I'm eating, right? You want to make good choices." Watch the full interview below!