June 02, 2013 04:30 PM

Thelonius/Splash News Online

There was something very noticeable missing when Matthew McConaughey squired his wife Camila, in a bright yellow Herve Leger bandage dress, to a polo match on Saturday: their three kids.

“You know, this is the first time [we’ve taken a trip] without the baby,” Camila observed, referring to their 5-month-old son Livingston.

The pair stepped out on a blisteringly hot sunny day at the Sixth Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Liberty State Park, where the couple’s just keep livin Foundation was also recognized. “It’s very relaxing and exciting. It’s like, ‘No car seat,'” Camila, 30, adds of the kid-free jaunt.

Her husband agrees that it’s almost an odd feeling. “It is [our first time alone since the birth]!” McConaughey, 43, says. “On the plane we were like, ‘Where is everybody?'”

As for the change in dynamic after adding a third child to their brood — the couple are already parents to Levi, 4½, and Vida, 3 — Camila admits there are challenges.

“It’s not that it’s tougher, it’s just that I had my system and now with three I’m still learning my system,” she explains, joking, “I’m taking tips if anyone has them!”

Adds her actor husband, “It’s a colorful house for sure. 

And talk about personalities. One thing you don’t know as a parent that I didn’t know beforehand, is how much DNA [matters]. As soon as they’re born they are who they are.”

That’s not to say he doesn’t try to guide his children. “You can shape ’em — but boy they are very unique and different from each other immediately,” he says. Asked who’s most like him in the brood he says, “Right now there’s a whole lot of me in all of them. “

As for their lone girl Vida, it’s a “honeymoon” between father and daughter. “We’re doing fine,” he says.

— Sara Hammel

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