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After two years of struggling to get and stay pregnant, Zanna Roberts Rassi’s doctor said to her, “Congratulations, you’re pregnant. Not just a little pregnant, but like really pregnant.” And for anyone who’s been there, you know what that means: Twins.

“I told my husband [Milk Studios founder Mazdack] Rassi and he just burst out laughing and said, brilliant.”

And just like that, two new projects were added to the Rassi portfolio. The fashion polymath is already an editor at Marie Claire, a stylist (clients include True Religion and Pantene), a correspondent for E! News and a Project Runway regular.

She’s also funny, British and adorable, like a woodland sprite who chose Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, as her habitat and a style that’s more sleek with a hint of rock-n-roll than ethereal bohemian (though we’re sure she could pull that off, too). Next week we’ll share Zanna’s fertility trials and tribulations – there were plenty. But first: A peek into life as a professional city mom with 4-month-old twins.

What She Does All Day

Fashion editor, TV fashion correspondent and stylist. One day I’m on a campaign shoot for a fashion client the next interviewing celebs or designers for E! News the next on the Today show talking fashion tips then to a brainstorming meeting at Marie Claire. Never the same day twice.

The Beginning

My parents were in NY when the twins were born. They waved us off to the hospital at 5am for the planned C-section. We floated around on cloud nine for the three weeks afterwards.

Double Vision… Twice!

We are fortunate enough to have a place out of the city – a very old cottage and garden in New Jersey that reminds me of where I was born: Manchester, UK. But this means we had to buy four of everything. Four cribs, four bouncy chairs, two double strollers and you get the picture! Finding bargains is essential – like the $100 cribs from Ikea!

I’ve Got This Figured Out

With twins, you have to have systems and schedules. Demand feeding would be a disaster. We would never sleep or eat. Its about always having the next step lined up. The swaddle flat and ready to go when they are ready to go down, the milk warm for straight after the bath so they don’t scream the house down, the diaper bag set at all times, bedding and laundry done once a day so nothing piles up. A place for everything and everything in its place. You can’t drop a beat. And when they’re sleeping, you have to prep for the next thing!

On Names

Rumi, after the Persian poet, my husband is of Persian descent. Juno is ancient Greek goddess. The mother of all gods. Wow, they have some lofty names to live up to!

Mini Workouts

The only way I can help from falling asleep some afternoons is by lifting Rumi over my head. She weighs nearly 10lbs – I figure twenty of those along with daily carrying means I should get some bicep situation happening!

Best Buy

The amazing double stroller the Bugaboo Donkey with an Andy Warhol floral print. It’s fashionable and functional.

Dressing The Bump

I began pregnancy with a personal challenge of not wearing leggings and T-shirts every day. I began #stylethebump on Instagram, this being the way I would stop myself from being lazy! My key is to still dress like yourself. (You dont have to look like a giant baby just because you’re having one!) For me that was a little rock’n’roll in the mix. Leather J Brand leggings were my lifesaver. Invest in one key piece.

Magic Ingredient

We have full time help, Karen. She’s been there since day 4. Our sweet, smart saviour! Since I went back to work a few weeks later, she has been imperative. I respect stay at home mums (like my mother was) more than you can imagine – it’s harder in a different way than working all day. And hands-off Karen anyone reading this!

Travel Necessity

I keep a very organized diaper bag. But it’s not a diaper bag, it’s a fabulous Tumi backpack with a thousand pockets.

The Perfect Moment

It’s Sunday at 8am in our house in New Jersey. The four of us lay in bed. Rassi is snoozing and Juno is sleeping on his chest. I’m nursing Rumi. My mum and dad are cooking up breakfast downstairs whilst “baby symphony” plays in the background. It was magic. I cried!

On Nursing

I couldn’t produce enough for two, so I supplemented with formula from the beginning. I think of breast milk as medicine. I pumped four times a day. Initially, nursing two babies at once, I got the hang of it, it’s like holding two footballs. I don’t know how anyone does it when they’re bigger!

On Pumping

I’ve pumped on set, in the back of an RV, in public toilets. One special day I was in the bathroom at Milk Studios shooting whilst on a conference call, texting my nanny, and looked in the mirror and burst out laughing. Multitasking at its finest.

* A Tip! *

If they won’t latch, wet the bottom of their nose with milk, and they’ll tip they their head up and then you can pop the nipple in!

#Momfail

I missed a doctor’s appointment and I felt so, so guilty.

On Future Rassis

We have a few on ice because we did IVF. That’s the most miraculous thing. They’re breathing, eating, smiling beings after three months on ice! I can’t get my head around that. Such a miracle.

3 Hours To Yourself

I’d catch up with family on the phone, and go sit in a park and drink rose with girlfriends!

A Night With Your Man

It’s our 5-year wedding anniversary, and I’m surprising him with a trip uptown to stay at the Carlyle. I plan to drink champagne, chat like adults with no agenda, and sleep. For us, not getting on a plane is such a luxury!

Can’t Buy Enough

For the girls, Earth Mama Angel Baby oil and Nununu stars and stripes collection. For me, Blueprint green juice is amazing when you don’t have time to do something good for yourself. And Lansinoh nipple cream. My friend Mariana brought it to the hospital for me – life saver.

New Obsession

Rather than trawling boutiques for the coolest little-people things, I hop on Mini Style and find the most unique clothes, accessories, and toys. Its a one-stop shop for buying gifts. Crushing right now on the new Mini X Thief & Bandit collaboration.

On Becoming Her Mother

She’s creeping in. I hear her voice in mine. Morals, manners, family values… I hear it when I talk to Rassi about the girls.

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saturdays Katerina Williams
Lives:Tribeca during the week, East Hampton on the weekends
Family: Husband Robert, sons Sebastian (2) and Louk (1 month)
You might know: Her amazing new baby boutique Lullanest in East Hampton (a Manhattan shop is in the works)
Secret obsession: Collecting pennies. Finding them face up truly is good luck! I have a piggy bank (shaped like a pig of course) full of the pennies I’ve found through the years.

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6:30am:

“Mama Up!” Sebastian is ready to take on the day!

6:35am:

We have an intense 5 minute communication (in toddler talk) about finding something he’s termed “dodo”. After presenting numerous items to Sebastian that he assured me were not dodo, I try a toy race car. Success!

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7:00am:

With dodo in hand, we eat fruit and our beloved YoKids yogurt for breakfast as we assemble our Janod alphabet wood puzzle.

7:30am:

I send an email to the Lullanest team confirming our plan for the day, which always includes more training on our products.

9:30am:

September in the Hamptons is my favorite time of year. We pack bags for a day at the orchards.

10:00am:

We stroll through the apple orchards (Sebastian runs!) and stop for fresh treats in the form of cider and pastries from the local farms.

12:30pm:

Picnic lunch. The Weelicious Easy Chicken Nugget recipe is loved by all.

1pm:

Home for Sebastian’s nap, which is also an ideal time for Mama’s Lullanest product research and team meeting.

3pm:

We’re off to the “pak” (park) for some “lulla bell” (swinging). Baba (daddy) is the preferred swing pusher.

4pm:

The Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton, where serious play vegetable sorting and lego building ensue.

5:30pm:

Dinner at LT Burger in Sag Harbor.

6:30pm:

Sebastian races to the tub for bath time with the duckies.

7:30pm:

We sit together and read books which currently include “I’m a Big Brother” and “My New Baby”.

8:30pm:

Sebastian is sound asleep (“dodo” by his side), and friends of ours arrive for some drinks and dinner by the pool.

10pm:

Check on baby, shut the lights, and Mama down!

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On Our Radar September 19, 2014

radar WHO: Sick kids who need to stay hydrated and non-sickies who could use added nutrition.
WHAT: Ella’s Kitchen organic electrolyte drinks are full of all natural ingredients (coconut water, fruit and veggie purees) and don’t have any of the bad stuff (artificial flavors, colors, or additives).
WHEN: Stock up before you actually need it.
WHERE: target.com

WHO: Parents and caregivers packing little lunches on the regular.
WHAT: Zoli’s new vaccum-insulated food containers keep soup hot and yogurt cold, plus the cheerful colors just make you feel happy.
WHEN: Before soup season is upon us.
WHERE: zolibaby.com

WHO: Parents of paci-obsessed littles.
WHAT: Chewbeads new paci clips are not only cuter than the other options out there but they also glow in the dark, making them easy to find at all times.
WHEN: Before you lose another one.
WHERE: chewbeads.com

WHO: Owners of downright filthy strollers and car seats.
WHAT: BuggyLOVE is a line of organic cleaning products that safely rid your gear of muck.
WHEN: Before it becomes a health hazard.
WHERE: buggylove.com

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I’m a FTM, EBF my 8-week LO (actually NAK at the moment) and have a semi-embarrassing question: LAM is a real thing, right (not an OWT)? Because we DTD once, and I’m worried I may be PG again already. Have not POAS. It would be impossible to get a BFP, right? RIGHT?! WM on ML freaking out here. TIA.

Welcome to the MMB (mommy message board). Not only must you learn to interpret the unique cries of your baby, but those of your fellow mamas. And they also speak in code. Keep handy this mile-long list of acronyms to translate the beautiful craziness that is the MMB. While it can be a wealth of knowledge, consider yourself warned, it’s a serious rabbit hole.

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attachment parenting

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birth control (what reading a mommy board will drive you to)

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big fat negative (on the stick)

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big fat positive (on the stick)

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breast milk (we gotcha there, huh?)

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controlled crying (a sleep method)

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cloth diaper

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cry it out (aka hell on earth)

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dairy allergy

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dear daughter

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dear husband

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dear son

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did the deed (isn’t “sex” just as easy to spell?)

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exclusively breastfeeding

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expressed breast milk

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elimination communication (we had to wiki that one too)

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formula feeding

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first time mom

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Lactational Amenorrhea Method (natural birth control while breastfeeding)

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little one

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miscarriage

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maternity leave

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mommy message board

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nursing at keyboard

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old wives tale

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pregnant

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pee on a stick

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postpartum depression

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Resources for Infant Educarers (the parenting method all the LA moms follow)

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stay at home mom

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thanks in advance (the universal sign-off on the MMB)

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trying to conceive

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vaginal birth after cesarean

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work at home mom

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working mom

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what you’ll say after reading this list

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