Holding down the fort. Nikki Bella is taking care of her newborn baby, Matteo, on her own while her fiancé, Artem Chigvintsev, is away from home filming Dancing With the Stars.
The Total Bellas star, 36, opened up about parenting solo on the Tuesday, September 1, episode of “The Bellas” podcast.
“Artem is on Dancing With the Stars and that has left me alone with Matteo and because of COVID, I don’t have any help. It’s just me,” she explained.
Nikki added that she does get a “little help” from her twin sister, Brie Bella, and her husband, Daniel Bryan, who also welcomed their own newborn son a few weeks ago. “They’ve been amazing,” she said.
The Dancing With the Stars pro, 38, and Nikki welcomed their first child in July just one day before Brie gave birth to her second child, Buddy. She and Bryan, 39, are also the parents of 3-year-old daughter Birdie.
“How about that tag team,” Nikki tweeted in August. “I can’t believe Brie & I had boys less than 24 hours apart! Honestly only us! Lol. And that I beat her. As you can imagine everyone said it was my baby & mines competitive side that kicked in! I can’t wait for our Bellas Boys to grow up together!”
Weeks later, Chigvintsev was asked to return to Dancing With the Stars season 29. He told Entertainment Tonight on August 26 that he became emotional when he heard the news.
“Long story short, I [originally] contacted the producers saying, ‘Hey, I’m open to coming back to the show,’” he explained. “There had been a few conversations back and forth but nothing was guaranteed and then it happened. When they said the line, ‘We want to have you back,’ I teared up.”
This season will be different for Chigvintsev as it will be the first time he competes as a new dad.
“All I wanted to do was be done with the phone call, go downstairs, tell Nicole and just squeeze my whole little family, and be like, ‘Oh my God, the most amazing thing happened,’” Chigvintsev said. “So, I’m dedicating this season to my baby boy.”
Although the Burn the Floor alum will be away during the competition, he’s squeezing in as much time as possible with Nikki and Matteo. The trio spent the day together at the beach on Tuesday, September 1.
“Finally, an ocean breeze with my babies,” Nikki captioned an Instagram Story video of Chigvintsev and their newborn. “It’s the first time Matteo’s at the ocean, feeling that ocean breeze. It’s so nice.”
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