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Name: Monica Sethi

Neighborhood: UES

Occupation: ER Physician

Baby’s Sex: Twin Boys!

How would you describe your pregnant style? My style is casual, comfortable and keeping it basic. I am having twins and not sure if I'll be getting pregnant again, so I didn't want to invest in super expensive pieces. Sticking to the basics has allowed me to do this. I usually wear jeans, a tank, and a non-maternity jacket on top if it's chilly.

Have you had any challenges learning to dress your body during this pregnancy? I think once you get through the awkward phase where you look like you ate too much at a sushi buffet and you start embracing your burgeoning bump, it gets easier. However, at work, the scrubs aren't very bump friendly. I started at a size small scrub, and I'm quickly approaching a large.

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So far, what has surprised you most during your pregnancy? That I'm having twins!

What are you most looking forward to sharing with your baby? My husband. He is going to be the best dad one could wish for.

What’s your top 5 registry essentials? A twin registry is a feat. It took my husband and I a long time to finish ours. We chose:

1. The Swaddleme pod, which was recommended by friends as a must-have to get babies to sleep;

2. A stroller that fits your needs and your apartment size;

3. A good pack n play We chose a twin pack n play with sturdy bassinets and anticipate that our babies will live in it for about 3 months.

4. The twin z pillow for feeding and baby chill sessions.

5. Baby room decor. Buying artwork for the nursery makes it feel so exciting and real!

Monica is wearing:

Gap maternity fitted henley tank

Motherhood maternity indigo blue premium deconstructed maternity skinny jeans

Photography by Ren’ee Kahn Bresler.

Photographed at Love Child Yoga in New York City.

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Motherhood is a practice in learning, growing and loving more than you ever thought possible. Even as a "veteran" mama of four young sons and one newly adopted teenager, Jalyssa Richardson enthusiastically adapts to whatever any given day has in store—a skill she says she's refined through the years.

Here's what just one day in her life looks like:


Jalyssa says she learned to embrace agility throughout her motherhood journey. Here's more from this incredible mama of five boys.

What is the most challenging part of your day as a mom of five?

Time management! I want to meet each of the boys' individual needs—plus show up for myself—but I often feel like someone gets overlooked.

What's the best part of being a mom of five?

The little moments of love. The hugs, the kisses, the cuddles, the smiles... they all serve as little reminders that I am blessed and I'm doing okay.

Are there misconceptions about raising boys?

There are so many misconceptions about raising boys. I think the biggest one is that boys don't have many emotions and they're just so active all the time. My boys display many emotions and they also love to be sweet and cuddly a lot of the time.

What do you think would surprise people the most about being a mom of five?

How much I enjoy it. I never knew I wanted to be a mom until I was pregnant with my first. My desire only grew and the numbers did! I am surprised with every single baby as my capacity to love and nurture grows. It's incredible.

How do you create balance and make time for yourself?

Balance for me looks like intentional planning and scheduling because I never want my boys to feel like they aren't my first priority, but it is extremely difficult. What I try to do is not fit it all into one day. I have work days because motherhood is my first priority. I fit in segments of self-care after the kids' bedtime so I don't grow weary.

What's the biggest lesson you have learned from motherhood?

I have learned that sacrifice is actually beautiful. I was terrified of the selflessness motherhood would require, but I've grown so much through the sacrifice. There is nothing better than living for something bigger than myself.

When did you first feel like a mom? How has your motherhood evolved?

I first felt like a mom when I was pregnant with my first son and I intentionally chose to change my eating habits so my body could be strong and healthy for him. I didn't have to think twice—I just did what I thought would be best for him. That decision being so effortless made me realize I was made for motherhood.

My perspective has changed with each baby as I've realized motherhood doesn't have to be one-size-fits-all. With my first son, I was a by-the-book mama and it was so stressful. With each baby, I have felt more freedom and it has made motherhood so much more beautiful. I have evolved into the mother that they need, I am perfect for these boys.

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