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Nikki and Brie Bella, better known to WWE fans as The Bella Twins, have taken their identical twins to the next level. Wrestled together to star in a reality show (E!’s all fines) together and have launched several product lines together. The latest is a collaboration with Colugo, a baby stroller and accessories brand. who was recently appointed as a creative consultant
Now, wrestling doubles as parents together. In 2020, they each announced their pregnancy the same day on Aug. 1. Bree, the mother of daughter Birdie, is now four, with husband Brian. Danielson (a.k.a. wrestler Daniel Bryan) welcomed son Buddy just a day after sister Nikki became the first mother to son Matteo, whose father was the father. is her fiance dancing with the stars Pro Artem Chigvintsev
Raising children side by side is a natural next step for twins. Here, they open up about the concept of motherhood and why their children sometimes try to separate them.
What do you love most about being a mother right now?
Bree: I love seeing Birdy as my sister. She is very nice and helpful. I love watching you and Buddy play and hug.
Nikki: I love the milestones of Matteo. Every day is an adventure and he learns or does something new. He made my life complete.
For babies who are very close in age Do you find it difficult to avoid comparing their milestones, personalities, etc.?
Bree: It’s interesting because I’m twins and have been compared my whole life to Nicole. I try not to do that with boys. But we accept their strengths. Matteo definitely speaks more than Buddy. And Buddy pulls himself up and tries to walk. One thing in common was their teeth— They always grow together!
Nikki: we definitely can [compare]We’re always like, “Matteo does this,” “Oh, Buddy does this too,” etc. [Personality-wise], the boys are very different! Matteo is our lover. And Buddy is our fighter.
Nikki, you are straightforward about postpartum depression. What helped you get through it?
Nikki: Time, therapy, acceptance and acceptance that I need help. I had to learn to let go of the things I couldn’t control. and realized that I couldn’t do everything myself. Asking for help hasn’t made me a bad mother. When I admit that I need people around me It has made me much healthier.
Bree, you proudly show off your “treasure mark”. Do you feel that there is too much pressure on new moms to “bounce back” after giving birth?
Bree: I felt too much pressure to bounce back. for some reason Social media makes you feel like you always have to be the best you can be. I want other women to know that their baby weight loss journey is tough and that I am there with them in the fight. [dealing with] insecurity and pressure I call my stretch marks a treasure mark because I’m tired of looking at them negative instead of positive. Birdy and Buddy made it. They are my everything!
How would you describe your parenting style? Do you share the same approach?
Bree: we are very alike We are very much like our mothers. We protect but give freedom. We love dearly and love having our children with us all the time. Nutrition and nature are important to us for our children. I love that we live the same life and see the same life.
Nikki: Bree would say I’m more strict. which i guess i am I feel like it’s just being a new mother. Overall, we’re very alike in the way we believe we should raise our children. Which makes this very good. From eating, studying, sleeping, we all see the same.
Stocking up for a new baby can be expensive and overwhelming. As a creative consultant and mother of Colugo, what is your top priority? Is there a real-life problem you want to solve with collections?
Bree: It’s my favorite thing ever! It makes me hands free. There’s something for the kids and it’s trendy. I’m hiking, going to the park, going to the grocery store… And when I walk Buddy it fits. I must also say that ours are amazing for busy moms. I always go out And this stroller doesn’t take up space in the trunk: it’s lightweight so it’s easy to get in and out of the car. and very easy to open Mom’s dream stroller!
Does being twins affect the way you plan for parenting? Was there anything that annoyed you growing up and vowed to avoid it?
Bree: When I grew up as twins I always looked down on Nicole. From athletic abilities and school grades to our appearance and weight One thing I do know is that I wouldn’t do that with my kids. They will be themselves and I guess with different likes and strengths. I’m not going to compare their abilities or their growth rates. We all grow and learn differently. And I’m always happy for them.
Nikki: Being a twin certainly didn’t affect my parenting. If anything, it’s a huge plus for our kids because it’s almost like having two moms.
After all, have your children ever confused you?
Bree: Ha! Yes! Yesterday Matteo watched Nicole and [me], confused, almost like “Who’s my mom?” Birdy would sometimes ask me, “Wait, you’re Dodo.” I’m like, “I’m your mom!” They’re happy to have two moms because that’s how we are. with each other’s children
Nikki: When Bree walked in for the first time in a month Matteo did it twice, it was so funny! He kept looking at her like, “You really are like your mother.”
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
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