Nikki Bella Pens Adorable Birthday Post to Fiance Artem

They grow up so fast.

Believe it or not, Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev‘s baby boy Matteo Chigvintsev is celebrating his second birthday on July 31. The engaged couple welcomed their first child together back in 2020. Since then, the now 2-year-old has grown up in front of our eyes and turned into the most adorable mini-me of dad Artem.

The Total Bellas star and Dancing With the Stars pro have kept fans updated on Matteo’s most adorable moments and major milestones over the years on social media. Nikki even recently posted a tribute to her son after filming a parenthood-themed episode of The Bellas Podcast.

“Teo has shown me what love feels like in a way I can’t even describe,” she wrote on Instagram on July 6. “Who would ever of thought I would end up being so simple and soft lol Teo has made me realize sooo much about myself! The love for child is an indescribable feeling that makes your heart melt, love, and sometimes hurt. As a mother, I wish every time Teo was sick or hurt, I can just take the pain away from him, I can’t and it makes it so hard!”

In honor of Matteo’s second birthday, take a look back at his cutest childhood photos and sweetest family moments below.

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Summer Getaway

Matteo enjoys a Fourth of July vacation with his parents at the lake.

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Podcast Playtime

Matteo visits Nikki’s work in July 2022.

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Mother’s Day 2022

Artem honored Nikki in May 2022 with a collage of cute photos, writing, “Happy Mother’s Day love, you are honestly the best momma in the whole entire world , your love your patience your care and thoughtfulness have no limits. Matteo and I are so so lucky to have you.”

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Breakfast Boys

“We are messy and we love it,” Artem shared in March 2022.

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Funny Family Photos

“Our attempt for a family photo,” Nikki captioned this hilarious pic. “Matteo does not like the phone at all!”

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Tour Surprise

Nikki and Matteo surprised Artem (aka Dada) during a stop on the 2022 DWTS Live Tour in March.

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Happy Holidays

“Matteo didn’t dig Santa this year but I think next year he will,” Nikki captioned a 2021 Christmas Day post. “He did love the train he brought him!”

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Happy Thanksgiving

“Happy Thanksgiving from Chigvintsev’s family,” Artem captioned this Instagram pic in honor of Turkey Day.

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Matteo Turns 1

“Happy first birthday Matteo,” Artem captioned this sweet Instagram post in July 2021. “Mama and Dada loves you so so much.”

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Checking Out Chickens

In this June 2021 snap, Artem and Matteo took a closer look at some chickens.

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Nature Boys

The father and son duo enjoy a nature outing.

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Cute Coop

Artem and Matteo checked out a chicken coop during an outdoor outing.

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Reaching Out

Watch out for pecks, Matteo!

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Dad’s Twin

For Matteo’s 10-month milestone, Artem wrote, “I can’t believe Teo is 10 month today , time flies I wish I can slow it down and enjoy every second of it it’s so so precious @thenikkibella you’ve have been a super mom. I love you #nevergrowup #son #family”

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Family Fun

Artem, Nikki and Matteo were all smiles in this family outing pic.

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Back Together

Artem wrote, “Dada’s back.”

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Blond Boy

Matteo looked like a literal hair model in this picture from May 2021.

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Silly Matteo

Nikki smiled as her son Matteo pulled a silly face in a new photo from Instagram.

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Bed Head

Little Matteo had total bed head in this pic with dad Artem.

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Yum! Yum! Yum!

Matteo enjoyed some sweet potatoes in this May 2021 image.

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Messy Mouth

Matteo clearly enjoyed those sweet potatoes.

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Standing Tall

Alongside a photo series, Nikki wrote, “Best 10 months of my life so far. These are from the last two days. Can’t believe our baby is going to be 1 in two months!!!”

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Nikki & Her Baby Boy

Nikki wrote alongside this May selfie, “Baby boy and me.”

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Nikki’s Cool Kid

“I wish I was as cool as him,” the Total Bellas star remarked.

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Growing Up Quickly

“My love @theartemc sent me this yesterday! My heart melted,” Nikki wrote in May 2021. “Our Teo is growing up so fast! A, you have been such an incredible Dada this past week as Mama has been off working. The best Daddy and fiancé! I just love you so much! And love my Matteo so much! Excited to get back to my boys!”

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Missing Matteo

“Just got this from Dadada,” Nikki wrote. “my heart exploded! I miss my baby boy so much!”

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Picture Perfect

Nikki and Matteo posed perfectly for this picture from April 2021.

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More of Mom and Matteo

Nikki snuck a sweet smile in this selfie with Matteo.

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Heartwarming Update

“Me + Teo : May be the most tired I have felt in my life but it’s definitely the happiest and most blissful I have ever been,” Nikki expressed on Instagram. “I love you my sweet Matteo, SO much!”

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Cuddles for Matteo

Nikki captioned this photo of herself, Artem and Matteo, “I love my little fam so much.”

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