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Nikki and Brie Bella – best known to WWE fans as The Bella Twins – have moved on to identical levels as identical twins. They fought together, participated in a reality show (E! Total fine) together and launched a number of product lines together, the latest of which is a collaboration with the stroller and baby accessories brand Colugo, which has just appointed them as creative advisors.
Now the wrestling duo is leading parenting together. In 2020, each of them announced their pregnancy on the same day. On August 1, Bree – now the mother of daughter Birdie, now 4 years old, with wife Brian Danielson (also known as wrestler Daniel Brian) – welcomed son Buddy, just a day after Sister Nicky became the mother of her first son, Matteo, whose her father is her fiancé, I dance with the stars about Artem Chigvintsev.
Raising babies side by side is a natural next move for twins. Here they open up to their new mom-oriented line and why even their children struggle to distinguish them sometimes.
What do you love most about motherhood right now?
Brie: I love seeing Birdie as an older sister. She is so kind and helpful. I just love watching her and Buddy playing and cuddling.
Nicknames: I love the main stages of Mateo. Every day is an adventure and he learns or does something new. He makes my life so complete.
With babies so close, do you find it difficult to avoid comparing their stages, personalities, etc.?
Brie: It’s interesting because I’m a twin and I’ve been compared to Nicole all my life. I try not to do that with the boys. Instead, we recognize their strengths. Matteo definitely talks more than Buddy, and Buddy stands up and tries to walk. Their teeth are one and the same thing – they always grow at the same time!
Nicknames: We definitely do [compare]. We are always like “Mateo did this”, “Oh, Buddy did this too”, etc. [Personality-wise], the boys are so different now! Mateo is our lover and Buddy is our fighter.
Nikki, candid about experiencing postpartum depression. What helped you get through it?
Nicknames: Time, therapy, acceptance and acknowledgment that I needed help. I had to learn to let go of what I couldn’t control and realize that I couldn’t do everything myself – that the need for help didn’t make me a bad mother. Once I accepted that I needed the people around me, it made me much healthier.
Bree, you proudly showed off your “treasure signs.” Do you feel that there is too much pressure for new mothers to “bounce” after giving birth?
Brie: I definitely feel that there is 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 wanted other women to know that the journey to lose weight baby is difficult and that I’m right there with them in battle, [dealing with] uncertainty and pressure. I call my stretch marks a treasure because I’m tired of looking at them as negative instead of positive. Birdie and Buddy created them and they are my everything!
How would you describe your parenting styles? Do you share the same approach?
Brie: We are very similar. We are very similar to how our mother was. We are protective, but we give freedom. We love hard and we love our children being with us all the time. Nutrition and nature are really key for us to give to our children. I love that we have lived the same way and we see life the same way.
Nicknames: Bree would say I’m stricter, which I guess I am. I feel like it’s just a new mother. In general, however, we are so similar in the way we believe we should raise our child, which makes him so good. From eating, to learning, to sleeping, we see it the same way.
Stocking up with a new baby can be expensive and overwhelming. As creative counselors and mothers of Colugo, what were your priorities? Were there any real life issues you wanted to solve with the collection?
Brie: is my favorite thing ever! It allows me to be hands free, to have all the children’s things and to look fashionable. I take him hiking with me, to the park, the grocery store … and then when I walk with Buddy, he clicks perfectly. I must also say that ours is amazing for a busy mother. I’m always outside and this stroller doesn’t take up space in the trunk: It’s light, so it’s easy to get in and out of cars and it’s so easy to open. Mother’s dream stroller!
Has being a twin affected how you plan to be a parent? Is there anything that irritated you in growing up that you vowed to avoid?
Brie: Growing up as a twin, I constantly watched compared to Nicole, from our athletic ability and grades in school to our appearance and weight. The only thing I know is that I will never do this with my children. They will be their own person and, I guess, have different likes and strengths. I will never compare their abilities or growth rate. We all grow and learn differently and I will always enjoy it with them.
Nicknames: Definitely being a twin has not affected how I am a parent. If nothing else, this is a huge plus for our children, because it’s almost like having two mothers.
Finally, have your children ever confused you?
BRI: Ha! Oh yeah! Yesterday Mateo continued to watch Nicole and [me], confused. Almost like “Who’s my mother?” Sometimes Birdie will ask me, “Wait, are you Dodo?” I’m like, “I’m your mother!” They are blessed to have two mothers because that is how we are with the other’s children.
Nicknames: When Bree came in for the first time in a month, Matteo made a double claim. It was so funny! He kept looking at her like, “You look just like Mom.”
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
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