"She is so happy right now. Everything is wonderful. She is beyond thrilled to become a mom," says the friend. "She is over the moon." And the same goes for Anthony: "Here he is – he got the girl of his dreams and now she's the mother of his children."
And, after wanting to be a mother for a long time, adds the friend, "This is a turning point in Jennifer's life. It's a dream come true. She loves those babies."
Advice From the StarsMeanwhile, celebs are showering Lopez with advice for motherhood. Famous foodie Rachael Ray suggested to PEOPLE that the new mom "definitely indulge in the food she craves." Even better? "Have Marc prepare it for her," says Ray. "That would make it super special. I know how that makes a woman feel."
And at the L.A. Confidential lunch for Kate Beckinsale on Friday, fellow new mom Ali Landry passed on these words of wisdom: "Get ready for the most amazing ride of your life. You don't even understand it until they're in your arms. It's amazing."
Guest of honor Beckinsale was more practical. "Get some sleep now," she advised. "You'll never sleep again!"
And true to her American Idol persona, Paula Abdul just had warm wishes for the new mom. "I am so happy for her," said Abdul. "She is so maternal by nature. To see that happen for someone who deserves that ... congratulations to her. I'm really happy."
Reporting by K.C. BAKER, LINDA MARX and JEFFREY SLONIM