Matthew McConaughey and girlfriend Camila Alves are enjoying sharing their interests with their baby son, who was born on July 7th.
“We took Levi to a John Mellencamp concert,” Matthew told CNN’s House Call with Dr. Sanjay Gupta for a show airing in two parts on August 9th and August 16th.
Matthew, 38, said that he and Camila, 25, take Levi everywhere so he’s “equipped to be around the sights and sounds of people” – which also makes life better for the new parents.
“Everyone talked about how, oh, you have a kid, life changes, it’s like 180 degrees on a dime full stop, wow,” he said. “And a lot of them had an insinuation under that like, you have to stop living your life as you live it. That hasn’t been the case.”
In fact, the new family stepped out last night for the launch of Camila’s new line of handbags in LA. “Levi was gonna stay home but then he said, ‘Dad, mom, I wanna go support mom’s purses,'” joked Matthew. “At 30 days old he’s talking about stuff like that!”
Keeping Levi on the move “takes a little more prep time to do whatever it is you’re going to do,” Matthew said. “And especially with Camila breastfeeding every three hours, she can’t be away from the child. So she’s got to be there.”
Matthew also said that although the birth took a long time but “it went down perfectly.”
“Even though we went 60 hours to do what could have been done in a few hours, it was a great journey for both of us and her and I now have gone through something that – we call it the best dance we’ve ever had,” he said. “We’ve gone through something that we’re like, I know and you know and only you and I know and that’s good for us.”
Matthew also shared that they stored the umbilical cord (and its vital stem cells) and kept the placenta, which they plan to bury in an orchard, following an Australian aboriginal custom he discovered during a visit there.
“They had a placenta tree that was on the river, and it was for the women, and it was the most fertile land and fertile river,” he said. “And all the placentas of all that tribe, all that clan … went under that one tree, and it was this huge behemoth of just health and strength. And this tree was just growing taller and stronger above the rest of Mother Nature around it. It was gorgeous.”
Wow! I remember Cindy Crawford talking about saving the placenta from her son’s birth as well, and her husband almost ate it!
Cindy delivered Presley at home in 1999 and her midwife placed the afterbirth in the family refrigerator for safekeeping – so that Cindy could have a spiritual planting ceremony upon her recovery.
Rande mistook the labeling on the Tupperware dish and almost ate the placenta. Cindy recalled, “My son was 10 days late so I had someone prepared to cook for us right when I had the baby, but she’d been cooking for us a week already. She’d been labeling ‘Cindy’s lunch’, ‘Rande’s lunch’, ‘Cindy’s dinner’… so, after I had the baby, Rande was hungry… and he goes out to the refrigerator and he sees the Tupperware that says ‘afterbirth’ on it and he thinks, ‘Oh, this is what I’m supposed to eat after birth.’
“He didn’t eat it, but he opened the Tupperware and there’s a big placenta, which looks like a big piece of liver, laying in there and I hear the shriek from the kitchen. I put it in a Ziploc (bag) and put it in the freezer, where it stayed until I finally got around to burying it.”
For some reason this whole placeta-saving and planting seems peculiar, but maybe it is more common than I think. Did you save the placenta after the birth of your child(ren)?