Wow, that was quick. Just two weeks after the birth of Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves's son Levi Alves McConaughey, the family of three have already released their first official photos—and boy, are they beautiful. The threesome look calm, serene and content on the cover of OK! Magazine, maybe because of Levi's atypical birth (dad was spinning Brazilian beats while mom attempted to give birth naturally, without drugs). Matthew shares the details in the article accompanying the photos:
"We found a great rhythm," Matthew tells OK! about the delivery of baby Levi. "Contractions started kicking in. I sat there with her, right between her legs. We got tribal on it, we danced to it! I was DJ-ing this Brazilian music."
Levi was born at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, CA and weighed a healthy 7 lbs., 4 oz., and Matthew says he kept a detailed diary of his and Camila's hospital experience.
"I have it all chronicled," he explained. "Becoming a dad is something I've dreamed of doing since I was ten. Becoming a father felt very, very natural. We were jamming! She was sweating. No painkiller, let's go. She just clicked into that gear that only a woman has at a time like this. We'd been up for 40-something hours, and we went from dead tired to a really steadfast, 'Let's handle this... let's stay in the rhythm. Don't let the contraction be more than you.'"
Camila, 25, wanted a natural birth and chose not to have an epidural. But in the end, Matthew says it came down to what was safest for both mom and baby.
"We ended up having an epidural because, on the large contractions, the umbilical cord was being compressed. They went in and tried the vacuum. This is where I learned—and no one tells you this—but having a baby is a bloody, pukey, sweaty, primeval thing! And I mean that as a beautiful thing. It is wild. But the vacuum didn't work, and the doctor said, 'C-section.'
The Texas-born actor says he cut the umbilical cord in "one snip" and got to hold his son for the first 15 minutes while doctors worked on Camila. Both he and the Brazilian beauty—who waited to know the sex of their baby—say they were not surprised to find out they had a boy.
"I said, 'Come here, little man. I saw the pecker and screamed that we'd been right all along about him being a boy. Then I brought him over to her [Camila],' Matthew said.
"It was neat to find out what the sex was because we didn't have the doctor tell us beforehand," Camila agrees.
So who does little Levi look more like? "Everybody thinks he looks like me because of the hair and skin tone," Camila says. "I think he looks more like Matthew every day."
Matthew adds, "I've pulled out some baby pictures of myself, and the resemblance is amazing. This kid has a lot to learn from us. I want him to come out being a little wiser, a little cooler and a little happier than we are."