Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev are the proud parents of baby Matteo. He’s only a few months old, but they’re already trying to teach him his first words. And they don’t want his first word to be “mom” or “dad.”
“We decided not to teach him mom and dad as the first word because we’re so competitive with each other,” Artem told Us Weekly following last night’s Dancing With The Stars episode. “Nicole said, ‘Why don’t we teach him: “I love you?”’ I’m not kidding to you. He is obviously not saying it in words, but he is [doing], like, the intonation of him saying that. … It’s the most adorable thing ever.”
Nikki frequently posts pictures of the little guy on her Instagram. Artem says he feels proud every time he looks at photos of his son.
“Every time I look at him, every time she posts a picture of him, I’m like, ‘I can’t believe this is still my baby.’ It’s just ridiculous,” the dancer said.
Nikki Does The Best She Can For Matteo, Even When It Isn’t Easy
Matteo was born on July 31. Artem says Nikki has been a “super mom” ever since. Even though she is battling post-partum depression.
“Obviously, I don’t know what she’s going through,” Artem said about the mother of his son. “None of the guys are really aware. It does exist. You definitely have to take a look at it.”
“I didn’t realize at week seven, you kind of come out of your baby blues and … go two different paths,” Nikki said during an episode of the “Total Bellas Podcast.” “You go the path of being healthy or you go down the path of being depressed, and that depression path can be a really dark, deep hole. I was starting to feel invisible. … It just started to build up. Being alone with Matteo and just feeling lonely and not loved and invisible.”
Artem Misses Being With His Family
Artem and his dance partner Kaitlyn Bristowe are in first place on Dancing With The Stars right now. So he will likely be spending a lot of time away from Nikki and Matteo for the next several weeks. While he’s away, Nikki is seizing the opportunity to get fans to vote.
During last night’s episode, Nikki used Matteo’s baby photos to urge viewers to keep Artem and Kaitlyn safe. It must have worked because they made it through to week six.
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Now that these baby blues got your attention 🥰💙 SWIPE LEFT! Thank you Bella Army! For everything you do for A and Kaitlyn every Monday!! Keep it up! We love you! We appreciate you! Text Kaitlyn to 21523 and swipe up in IG stories NOW you have till 10pm EST/7pm PST to vote! #teamwillyouacceptthisdance
Did you remember to vote for Artem and Kaitlyn next week? If not, there’s still plenty of time to do it next week. Without a doubt, Nikki and Matteo will be back on Instagram asking for votes. Be sure to follow her and keep up with the cuteness.