She opens up about juggling career and twins – and loving her post-baby body

By Liz McNeil
Updated September 18, 2008 08:00 AM
Credit: Soren McCarty/WireImage

Jennifer Lopez is famous for her multitasking career as a singer, actress, designer and dancer. But motherhood has taken her juggling act to a whole new level.

Until recently, Lopez and husband Marc Anthony, who welcomed twins Max and Emme in February, didn’t have a nanny to help out with child care.

“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.”

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!”