Total Bellas: Nikki and Brie Bella while heavily pregnant enjoy joint babymoon in Arizona with mom
Nikki and Brie Bella were heavily pregnant as they went on a joint babymoon to Flagstaff, Arizona, on Thursday’s episode of Total Bellas.
The trip had been intended as a last-minute getaway for Brie, 37, and her husband Bryan Danielson, 39, but Nikki, 37, and her partner Artem Chigvintsev, 38, joined them.
So did the twins’ mom, Kathy Laurinaitis, 56, who had been quarantining separately for weeks.
Joint babymoon: Nikki Bella was heavily pregnant during a joint babymoon to Flagstaff, Arizona, on Thursday’s episode of Total Bellas
‘I’m not the least bit surprised that our babymoon isn’t our babymoon—it’s everybody’s babymoon,’ Bryan said, sighing. ‘I’ve learned to roll with the punches a little bit better.’
The trip gave the Bella twins a chance to deal with some lingering concerns before they became parents—in Brie and Bryan’s case, for the second time.
Nikki and Artem needed to choose godparents, sort their wills, and pick a name for their son.
They settled on ‘Matteo,’ then decided Brie and Bryan would be his godparents, though they had second thoughts when Bryan instantly disagreed with their decision to baptize the kid.
Twin sister: Brie Bella invited her twin sister to the babymoon planned by her husband Bryan
‘He hasn’t made a choice,’ Bryan argued. ‘Baptism is supposed to be a choice. It’s wrong, Nicole, for you to make a choice for your child. ‘Cause that puts a lot of pressure on him.’
‘He’s out as the godfather,’ Nikki stage-whispered to Artem. ‘He’s cut.’
She later threw a tea party for Brie’s daughter Birdie, three, and they discussed all the things that needed to happen before the baby was born.
He’s out: ‘He’s out as the godfather,’ Nikki stage-whispered to Artem. ‘He’s cut’
Nikki had a will, but Artem didn’t, she told her sister, who urged her to correct that.
‘It’s the paperwork and all this that just takes love out of the game, and freaks me out,’ Nikki said to the cameras.
Her mood improved when she saw her mother that week for the first time in ages.
Together again: The twins were delighted to see their mother Kathy again
They all drove up to Flagstaff, where Nikki, Brie and their partners walked in the woods as Kathy meditated inside.
The twins worried that she had been dealing with too much lately, as she’d not only been diagnosed with Bell’s palsy but also was upset by her daughters’ new book, Incomparable.
Nikki had written of two rapes she never told Kathy about, and she and Brie also recalled the impact of their parents’ divorce on them.
Nature walk: They all drove up to Flagstaff, where Nikki, Brie and their partners walked in the woods as Kathy meditated inside
Kathy said she’d been unable to sleep after reading it because it made her so upset.
‘If she opens up about what she’s feeling then we can just move past this,’ Nikki mused.
That night, as Kathy sat outside, the girls cornered her and asked her why she’d been meditating and stressed, leading up to their real questions about the book.
Meditation session: Kathy recently got into meditating as stressors were mounting in her life
Watching them from afar, Bryan called Kathy into the kitchen for ‘help.’
‘Holy crap,’ Kathy said, as she entered the room. ‘They always mean well, but they just are like, ”Meditation, this, that, are you stressed, do you think this caused your Bell’s palsy?”’ I was like, ”I gotta get out”.’
The next day, Bryan took Artem to see his shaman in the woods as a pre-fatherhood ritual.
Pre-fatherhood ritual: The next day, Bryan took Artem to see his shaman in the woods as a pre-fatherhood ritual
‘Have you guys ever talked about how you want to raise Matteo?’ Brie asked Artem at lunch.
Kathy emphasized that they needed to figure out what to do about their son if they broke up.
That set Nikki and Artem to squabbling, as each of them assumed that the child would come live with them because their lifestyle was more stable.
Breakup plan: That set Nikki and Artem to squabbling, as each of them assumed that the child would come live with them because their lifestyle was more stable
Later, they reasoned that it was far too soon to determine which parent Matteo would live with if they split, but agreed that they both wanted the best for him.
Artem and Bryan then biked through the mountains to see Bryan’s shaman, Rahelio Rodriguez.
As they traveled, they discussed the lasting imprint their own fathers had on them.
Bike ride: Artem and Bryan then biked through the mountains to see Bryan’s shaman, Rahelio Rodriguez
Bryan’s dad wasn’t around much as he grew up, so he struggled with the lack of a role model when he had Birdie.
Artem, by contrast, had a great dad and hoped he could be more like him.
With the men gone, the Bella twins finally confronted their mother about their book, asking her if it had stressed her out.
Candid conversation: With the men gone, the Bella twins finally confronted their mother about their book, asking her if it had stressed her out
Kathy admitted it had been hard to read about her divorce, saying, ‘All of a sudden the parts of my story that I hated, I read. And it was hard.’
She added that she’d been upset about her inability to protect Nikki from her sexual assault, saying that it bothered her Nikki kept it a secret for so long.
Nikki comforted her mom, reminding her that she’d always been a source of comfort in her life.
Showing support: Nikki comforted her mom, reminding her that she’d always been a source of comfort in her life
Kathy then agreed to go see the girls’ therapist and try to let some of her baggage go.
In the woods, Bryan fully embraced his session with the shaman, who blew cleansing sage smoke onto him and got him to pour water over his head to wash away the past.
Artem was more reserved, gently flicking water onto his head so he could get through it.
More reserved: Artem was more reserved, gently flicking water onto his head so he could get through it
The sky grew dark, and the men decided to stay in the woods rather than bike back, but they figured they would play a joke on their partners.
They texted the twins random messages that made it sound like they were taking ayahuasca, a powerful hallucinogen used in shamanic rituals.
Brie looked perplexed as she read the messages beeping through on her phone.
Funny guys: They texted the twins random messages that made it sound like they were taking ayahuasca, a powerful hallucinogen used in shamanic rituals
‘Our love is vast as the father sky,’ Bryan had written. ‘I am father, you are mother, together we are one.’ And: ‘Off-grid. So hungry. No food.’
Artem texted Nikki that he wanted to give Matteo the middle name ‘Wolf.’
‘They sound drunk,’ Brie said, as Kathy remembered the ayahuasca.
Getting worried: The twins got worried about the guys and drove out to see them
Nikki worried that Artem had been pressured by Bryan to consume hallucinogens and drove 40 miles with Kathy and Brie to rescue him.
‘This is how bad things happen,’ she worried as they arrived in near-total darkness.
The self-described scaredy-cats walked nervously into the woods, screaming at every sound.
Bonding session: Artem and Bryan bonded around a campfire
In a yurt nearby, Artem and Bryan bunked down, yawning as they prepared for bed.
Seconds later, the twins and their mom burst into the yurt and told the men, ‘You’re in trouble,’ only getting more annoyed when they saw how relaxed they were.
They had missed the message Bryan sent that said, ‘LOL just kidding, we’re staying the night.’
Total Bellas will return next week on the E! network.
Big surprise: Seconds later, the twins and their mom burst into the yurt and told the men, ‘You’re in trouble,’ only getting more annoyed when they saw how relaxed they were