'Total Bellas' season 4 episode 3: Brie Bella reveals she's having anxiety attacks at the thought of leaving Birdie at home
In the third episode of 'Total Bellas', Brie tries to keep Birdie happy and buys a life-sized teddy bear for her just so she can make the 1-year-old smile but it backfired badly.
A flourishing career along with being a mother can be tough, just ask Brie Bella. In the third episode of 'Total Bellas' Brie struggles with maintaining a healthy relationship with her daughter Birdie as she and hubby Bryan prepare to get back in the ring. Brie tries as hard as she can to keep Birdie happy and buys a life-sized teddy bear for her just so she can make the 1-year-old smile - and it backfired so hard. The baby takes one look at the bear and bursts into tears.
"Are you scared?" Brie asks as little Birdie cries."Briana, it's a giant bear," Brie's hubby Daniel Bryan says. "I thought you'd like it," Brie admits while trying to calm Birdie down. "I'm not going to take you to the bear." Bryan gets involved and decides to chuck the bear out the door. As soon as he does, Birdie stops wailing. "Briana, what were you thinking?" Bryan asks. "I just thought she loves stuffed animals and that she would have thought that was really cool," Brie explains innocently.
The parents calm the child down and discuss if their absence was instilling a sense of abandonment in Birdie. "Both of us on the road, I don't know if it's a good thing or a bad thing?" she wonders to Bryan. "We thought it was going to teach her independence but at the same time what I've seen it do is make her fear that once we walk out the room or the door, we are not coming back. It can't be good," says the WWE superstar. Bryan suggests that they see someone about it.
Now Brie also has another season of wrestling coming up with her twin Nikki for 'Evolution'. The long hours and her constantly being away from Birdie will definitely put pressure on the baby, she thinks. The couple seeks help from an expert who tells them how to deal with this new situation.
The couple visits a Child Development Specialist who puts her fears to rest. "In early childhood, we are all about attachments and when they know that that person isn't there - it's actually a good sign because it means that they are connecting to you emotionally," the specialist says, "and she's gonna learn over time that mum and dad come back and I'm ok. It's probably harder on you both" Bryan and Brie give each other knowing looks. Her mum Kathy also comes around for support and the Brie eventually decides that Birdie was fine.
She then, reveals something shocking, "I've literally been waking up at 5 am in the morning with anxiety attacks," says the new mom. "I don't need to go back but I want to.. I love to wrestle... this is harder on me than it is for Birdie," she says later in a confessional. "I'm blowing this out of proportion," she says looking more confident.
Catch the next episode of 'Total Bellas', episode 4 'It's My Life', on Sunday, February 10 at 9 pm ET/PT on E!