"The Most Magical Time"
03/21/2008 AT 11:00 AM EDT
She's right. The family's redbrick mansion is kid country, with his and her rocking ducks from FAO Schwarz, a pink pedal car for Emme and a yellow one for Max, and two baby nurses on round-the-clock duty – despite the parents' insistence on doing most of the child care themselves. "It'll be 3 in the morning," says Marc, 39, and we'll be like, 'Next feeding in 30 minutes! Okay, cool!'" The couple can't hide such enthusiasm during a chat in their trophy room, filled with Grammys, platinum records and other assorted hardware. But right now those trappings of stardom are taking a backseat. "No offense," says Marc as the interview winds down, "but I'm dying to get back to the kids."
PEOPLE: Is this the happiest time of your life right now?
Jennifer: Absolutely. Having children is the biggest thing that can happen, I think, to a woman. You win an Oscar, get nominated for a Golden Globe – you know, whatever things you think are big – I can't even think of anything that can match the actual miracle of giving birth and having your own child. It's beyond anything you could ever imagine.
PEOPLE: What have you learned about being a mom?
Jennifer: I knew I'd be protective. I knew I'd love them intensely and passionately enough to stay up for the first three days after giving birth, because I just wanted to keep staring at them. [But] I've been very career-oriented my whole life and very focused on my own world and my own life, and all of a sudden the focus just shifts. It's like, "Whoosh!" I want to do everything for them.