Jennifer Lopez is still working the “I’m a hands-on parent” shtick to death. She claims she didn’t have a nanny until very recently – and by most accounts that’s true. Because they kept quitting on her due to such bad working conditions that $9,000 a month couldn’t hold anyone. J-Lo downplays that little nugget of information in her recent glowing motherhood interview with People. She also claims to be actively involved in the twins’ day, and the nanny is just there to burp them or something.
“I did it for a long time but we started using a nanny a few weeks ago,” says Lopez, 39. “[Most days] I get up early with them. Then when the nanny comes, I can take a shower and give them their breakfast. She’s there to help me get things done.”
As for getting back to work, Lopez says she’ll take it a day at a time. “It’s gonna be a learning experience. How will I do both? I try to take breaks from work,” she tells PEOPLE. “I’ll do a little work with the choreographers and then come back. I try to spend every free moment with the babies.”
The mornings are her favorite time with the twins. “When they see you and have that big smile on their face – I live for that,” she says. “And when I put them to bed at night and they melt in your arms. I give them a bottle and wind it down. I say, ‘It’s time for beddy-bye.’ I hold them and sing a little song. By the time you know it, they are asleep.”
Lopez also did a lot of triathlon dropping. That’s like name dropping but with sports. J-Lo was supposedly pretty damn shocked that the media wasn’t covering her training with the same fervor with which they were following Michael Phelps’ gold medals. Which seems to be why she’s still talking about it. If J-Lo wants you to cover her story, you will cover her story. And consider yourself damn lucky to get to talk about her spandex-clad-long-distance-running ass.
Adding to her bliss: Lopez is perfectly happy with her post-baby body. “The triathlon really helped get me in better shape, and snapped me back into my body,” she says, referring to last weekend’s Nautica Malibu Triathlon. “I don’t weigh myself a lot. I still have 10 lbs., or so. [But] I don’t have any problems with it. I never felt I had to get rid of it.”
Asked how she stays so sane about her body image, she laughs: “We like to eat!” On a serious note, she adds, “I think you have to love yourself and indulge when you want to, as well as be happy and just have a healthy attitude towards it.”
Besides, she notes, “Marc loves the way I look!”
So basically this is just your standard issue Jennifer Lopez “My life is perfect/I am awesome” story that was part of her deal with People. Lopez also just became an aunt again. Her sister Lynda gave birth to a daughter on August 28th. I’m sorta surprised that J-Lo allowed Lynda to steal some of her baby attention so soon. I expected she’d put some moratorium on all family fertilizations for at least the next two years.
Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez are shown outside his surprise 40th birthday party in NY on 9/14/08. Credit: Janet Mayer / PR Photos