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Camila Alves: Matthew McConaughey Is the 'Best Dad'

Camila Alves: Matthew McConaughey Is the 'Best Dad'
Camila Alves, Levi and Matthew McConaughey
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09/18/2008 AT 06:45 PM EDT

Camila Alves doesn't think of Matthew McConaughey as the Sexiest Man Alive – to her and their 2-month-old son Levi, he's just Dad.

"I don't look at him like that," she tells BabyCenter, an online community for moms and dads. "He's a man – he's my man – and we're a family. He's the best dad he can be, 100-percent hands-on."

The Brazilian model and handbag designer, 25, also opened up about her grueling 60-hour labor.

"It wasn't such a pleasant experience,” she says. "We went through 14 hours with contractions every two minutes, no epidural, no nothing. Every two minutes I would pass out. I went to the hospital on Saturday, and Levi was born on Monday."

Despite her desire to give birth naturally, Alves underwent a C-section. "We tried every single way of giving birth. It didn't work. I wasn't too crazy about having to do a C-section and take all the drugs. Finally, I just had to be like, 'Let it go.' " And finally, Levi was born at 6:22 p.m. July 7, at 7 lbs., 4 oz.

Since then, little Levi has kept a full social calendar, tagging along with his parents to a John Mellencamp concert, to events like the launch of his mom's luxury handbag line and to watch his dad, 38, run a 10K in Austin.

All the excitement is no problem for Levi, Alves says. "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."

Alves, who’s currently designing a new collection for Muxo (which will include diaper bags), says she and McConaughey plan to raise Levi bilingually. "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."

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