Camila Alves went from being a globetrotting supermodel to a trailer-dwelling new mother in a New York minute. While most PYTs' (that's "Pretty Young Things") worst nightmare is having to give up their independent, responsibility-free lives in
exchange for diapers and nappies, Camila has taken to her new role like a fish to water. She recently opened up to BabyCenter.com about the many benefits and few difficulties of being a young mother:
On resorting to a C-Section rather than having a natural birth: It was different than how I wanted to do it,
but he [Levi] came out eyes wide open, happy, healthy. It was such a blessed moment.
On her advice for women in labor: Staying calm is the best thing you can do. Relax. Be peaceful. Try to listen to your partner.
On her pregnancy: My pregnancy was pretty easy, but when I hear women saying they loved being pregnant….I don't know who these women are! It's a hard thing to be pregnant. Your hormones are crazy. Your body is changing. It's a major change. I really enjoyed being pregnant, but I certainly didn't love it.
On motherhood: I think the neatest part about motherhood in the beginning is that you start to see the baby grow and develop, and you see this human being that you created with the one that you love. It's pretty magical.
On the biggest change to her life since becoming a mother: I wouldn't say this is a big surprise, but once you're a mother, you have someone you have to attend to 24/7. You have to listen to that little one all the time. You can't stop. I think for
the first time in my life I can't just turn off my mind or think, "I'll deal with that later."
On whether she will raise her baby bilingual: 100 percent yes because most of my family doesn't speak English. It's so important for the baby. He's going to know all his American roots, but he also needs to know about his Brazilian side.
On having a child with the "Sexiest Man Alive" Matthew McConaughey: I don't look at him like that. He's a man — he's my man — and we're a family. I think the most important thing for me is the household and our family and the relationship between the three of us.
On whether she and Matthew will get married: What I have to say about that is we're happy. For me, the most important thing is that we have a healthy and peaceful home and that we're happy.
On their unconventional way of raising their son Levi: Of course we take him to concerts, but we're not going to put him up on the stage. We're not going to do the baby any harm. I took him to my launch party because I have to work and he has to eat, and I'm not going to leave him behind. We're a family now and we do everything together. If our lifestyle was doing anything to harm him, we'd have to adapt, but he loves it. He loves the action. He loves to be right in the middle of it. He
actually doesn't like it when it's too quiet.