Artem Chigvintsev announced on Good Morning America last week that he would return to the dance competition series for its upcoming 29th season

By Jen Juneau
September 03, 2020 12:57 PM
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Nikki Bella is fully into the day-to-day routine of motherhood — and taking on a lot of the responsibilities by herself.

On Wednesday's edition of The Bellas Podcast, the new mom talked about how she's juggling taking care of 4-week-old son Matteo Artemovich now that fiancé Artem Chigvintsev has returned to work.

"Artem is on Dancing With the Stars and that has left me alone with Matteo ... and because of COVID, too, I don't have any help. It's just me," she said on the episode with twin sister and co-host Brie Bella, who welcomed her second child, son Buddy Dessert, one day after Matteo's arrival.

"I do get a little help from Brie and [Brie's husband Daniel Bryan], which, they've been amazing," added Nikki, 36.

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Artem Chigvintsev and Nikki Bella with son Matteo
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Nikki Bella and son Matteo
| Credit: Nikki Bella/ Instagram

While discussing his return to the dance-competition series on GMA last Monday after being cut from last season, Chigvintsev, 38, said parenthood "has been the most incredible feeling."

"Nicole and I are just obsessed. I just didn't know that I could have so much love to give. It's just incredible," said the new dad, going on to joke that Matteo "literally owns us."

One "challenging" way that reality has manifested has been overnight, when the Total Bellas star is up "every hour and a half" to feed their newborn.

"What sleep? Do people really sleep?" Chigvintsev quipped, smiling. "I really feel bad for Nicole, because he's a really good eater. So he's been on it."

Artem Chigvintsev and son Matteo
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Nikki, who got engaged to Chigvintsev during a trip to France in November 2019, told PEOPLE last month that she's so "blessed" to have him by her side.

"I don't know how I would do all this without him," she said. "He's very attentive. He will wake up at any moment if I need a break. He'll hold Matteo, change diapers, anything I need. He never complains. He's always helpful."

"It's just really cute because there'll be times where I'm like, 'No. I need to swaddle him and have him sleep in the bassinet,' because Artem, he would have Matteo sleep on him all day and all night. He's so obsessed with it," continued the former professional wrestler. "I have to tell him, 'You get your one, three hours a day because he just needs to be in the bassinet too.' "

"He's been amazing. I have to say, he's more than what I expected," she admitted. "I didn't know what to expect because we both are first-timers. I was someone who so desperately wanted to be a mom and I knew he wanted to be a dad, but I don't think as soon as I did."