“Oh, I was sobbing, like, so bad when [our] baby arrived,” Chigvintsev, 38, told Entertainment Tonight on Monday, August 24. “Like, I don’t think people have seen a man sobbing like that. It was awful, but in the most joyful way.”
The pro dancer continued, “I mean, I was picking that baby up and putting him on me. And the baby, like, halfway opened his eyes and it just made me feel like, ‘Oh, my God. This is the most incredible thing.’ This is like the miracle that people talk about, you know? So just that whole experience, I want to relive every single day. Honestly.”
Chigvintsev and the 36-year-old Total Bellas star welcomed their first child on July 31. The birth came a day before Bella’s twin sister, Brie Bella, gave birth to her own son. (Brie, 36, also shares daughter Birdie, 3, with husband Daniel Bryan.)
“7/31/2020💙 Our baby boy is here and we couldn’t be HAPPIER and more in LOVE! Everyone is safe and healthy,” Nikki wrote via Instagram alongside a pic of her son’s hand, while Chigvintsev shared the same snap and wrote, “7/31/2020 please welcome our precious baby boy Chigvintsev 👶 proud of my love @thenikkibella.”
The couple met as partners on season 25 of Dancing With the Stars partners in 2017. After Nikki ended her engagement to John Cena in 2018, Us Weekly broke the news in January 2019 that she was dating the Russian-born star.
Chigvintsev proposed to Nikki in November 2019. Two months later, Nikki announced that she was expecting the pair’s first child.
Days after their son’s arrival, Nikki shared how she plans to be as a first-time mom. “My goals for year one is to focus on being the best mom that I can be, putting my son first whether it’s ‘How can I keep breastfeeding and is that the best for him?’” she explained on “The Bellas Podcast” on August 5. “Learn about vaccines, schools, what helps him grow, what keeps him safe? Like I am going to make that such a focus in my life.”
The former WWE wrestler continued, “I’m also gonna make sure though, at the same time, that I’m making ‘me time,’ even in the beginning, so I know that I stay a happy, healthy mom. Like, I have goals for wanting to get my body back in a very healthy way and keeping meditation and just like I’ve been doing with him right now in the womb. We keep going with that.”