Rachel Zoe Jokes ‘Someone Is Punishing’ Moms When Baby’s First Word Is Dada

01/12/2015 at 10:00 AM ET

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She may get to work with big stars like Jennifer Lawrence and Sofia Vergara, but celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe says it’s her little ones that truly make her smile.

“I haven’t had a bad day since my first son was born,” Zoe told PEOPLE at Sean Penn‘s Help Haiti Home gala on Saturday. “Honestly, every day is heaven.”

Zoe, 43, and husband Rodger Berman are parents to sons, Skyler Morrison, 3½, and Kaius Jagger, 1, which sounds like quite a handful when you’re also juggling your own career and marriage. So how do they handle it?

“Weirdly enough the kids actually help you keep it together. It is chaos, but they just check you all the time. No matter what, you’re Mom,” she says.

According to Zoe, being a mother is her main focus in life right now — and her hard work is clearly paying off.

“My younger son Kai said, ‘Mama,’ on Monday, which was huge. I lost my mind. I cried — that’s what you do,” she shares.

Days after the big moment, Zoe was still celebrating the major milestone at the opening of magazine’s Shooting Stars Exhibit on Friday.

“I walked into the kitchen to give him breakfast, which I do every morning. And at this point, no matter what he says, I simply say, ‘Mama!’ ” she told PEOPLE. “That’s all I ever say. And, literally, I walked in and he just said, ‘Mama!’ ”

And Zoe’s reaction said it all. “I grabbed [Kai] and started kissing his entire face,” she shares. “[I told him,] ‘I love you more than life itself.’ It [was] the absolute most incredible thing in the entire world.”

She jokes, “They always say, ‘Dada,’ first and I don’t know what that is. It’s like someone is punishing us for something. We carry them, we push them out and they say, ‘Dada?’ I’m still trying to figure this out.”

The proud mama is equally impressed by Kai’s big brother, Skyler, who knows every planet in the solar system, loves studying dinosaurs — and said his first words when he was only 5-months-old.

“Skyler actually speaks as though he is 40. He is such an old soul and he has the vocabulary of an adult,” she says. “You forget that he is 3HALF because he is so wise.”

She adds, “He reminds me a lot of my dad. He is so inquisitive. He loves to do everything … He remembers every hotel [and] every place that he’s ever been. It’s crazy! He literally performs in front of the mirror and does anything. He blows my mind every day!”

— Matthew Cole Weiss and Mariah Haas with reporting by Reagan Alexander

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Heidi on

Eat a sandwich, Skeletor.

Tina on

She looks awwwful.

Marky on

So tired of people making fun of her being thin! Some people just are, and some people work to make certain they aren’t overweight. What it sounds like is that you fat people will never be happy for anyone who isn’t a size 18 or more! This woman is a happy mom who is sharing special moments with her children in an interview…anything wrong with being happy for her and her husband that they finally have their family and love it? Sheesh, you sound like hags!

Just saying... on

I’m not overweight nor jealous of Rachel Zoe, but people dislike her because she’s downright annoying and so people tend to get on her because of her skeletal appearance. Have you watched her show? She and her husband are so obnoxious and yes, she DOES need to eat..ASAP!

Tazmin on

Some posters on here sound incredibly jealous. Relax. Just because she has gorgeous children, doesn’t mean you need to be snarky. Why do you care if an individual is thin? Odd…..because you are fat?

Just saying… on

She’s so obnoxious and looks horrible from starvation.

Smithy on

Although she could still use a few foot longs from Subway……thank God she got rid of those Muppet style bangs.

Anonymous on

Tazmin- I think people are just honestly concerned about Rachel’s health. There’s thin, and then there’s unhealthy thin, and she looks like she could be the latter.

alexa on

OBNOXIOUS, NARCISSISTIC first. Ugly next. Being a skeleton makes her very unappealing.

Emily on

Wow. You’re a peach!

Ava on

Her children are absolutely stunning. Motherhood seems to suit her well.

lovely123 on

Didn’t read the article, just came for the comments.

Hea on

It is one thing to be naturally thin and another to look emaciated from starvation. Rachel Zoe wasn’t always this thin which leads me to believe it’s not exactly her natural look.

Pal on

She looks so skinny, look at her arms. She needs to eat!

Anonymous on

Didn’t know she is a designer. Haven’t watched her show.

Meena on

You can tell she loves those kiddos and boy, are they cute!