Actress and model Shay Mitchell has named her baby daughter Atlas because she loves travelling.
The ‘Pretty Little Liars’ star welcomed her little girl into the world with her partner Matte Babel last month whom they have since named Atlas Noa. The new parents knew instantly that she wanted to give the tiny tot the unusual moniker because it fits well with her love of travelling.
Speaking to Vogue, the 32-year-old Canadian star said: “A close friend of ours was listing off names for her daughter that she had had a year and a half ago. Then she said Atlas and I looked at Matte, and he looked at me, and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh.’
“It’s just the perfect name; from that day, we knew it was going to be Atlas. People would ask us, ‘Do you have a name?’ But we were keeping it hidden. I’m sorry to everybody that I lied to!”
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Atlas Noa, In my 32 years of life I thought I had seen a lot of places, experienced a lot of things, met a lot of people and felt love…then came you. Truth is I had no idea I was capable of loving anything like this before you arrived. You wonder if that’s just something people say, but it’s as if the chemical makeup of my entire body and soul changed the minute we met. I wake up each day (and also every 2-3 hours 😉 still in awe that you are mine, and I am yours. I’m still learning about you and I’ll never grow old of watching you slowly wake up, catch a glimpse of me or your dad and focus intently, almost as if to say “I know you.” Just know, sweet girl – Whatever you choose to do in this world, whoever you choose to love, wherever you choose to go, I will always be your biggest fan. I am already so proud to be your Mama. PS. The days of dressing you up as burritos and other snacks has only just begun. ❤️
The brunette beauty is still trying to adjust to becoming a mother for the first time but has now realised that she has to rearrange her schedule to make things work.
She explained: “When she’s awake, we just kind of have a chill moment together. I’ve had to re-prioritise my work time with her schedule, and that’s been interesting for me. Before it was all about my schedule, now I work once she falls asleep. There is a lot of stress and anxiety. I’d heard all these things from my friends saying, ‘You’re going to second guess a lot of things you do, you’re going to feel guilty when you leave her.’ [It’s been all about] just taking the time to get ready and be by myself to [say] ‘Okay cool, now I can handle this, I’ve got this, so many people have done this before me, and so many people have felt the same way.’”
On 1 January 2019, Mitchell revealed on her Instagram page that she had suffered a miscarriage in 2018. On 28 June 2019, Mitchell revealed on her Instagram and her YouTube channel that she was expecting her first child, a baby girl, with her partner Matte Babel.
She rose to prominence starring as Emily Fields in the TV series Pretty Little Liars which ran from 2010 to 2017. In 2018, Mitchell starred as Peach Salinger in the psychological thriller series You and headlined the horror film The Possession of Hannah Grace.