When Joanna and Chip Gaines decided to end their gig on their much successful show Fixer Upper the design couple had plans to slow down and spend more time with their four children Drake, 13, Ella, 11, Duke, 9, and Emmie, 8.
But six weeks after their announcement that they would be walking away from the show Joanna and Chip got some surprising news, Joanna was pregnant.
Joanna Gaines, 40, gave birth to the couple’s fifth child, a son Crew, on June 21 and the Magnolia cookbook author admits that this pregnancy “was different” from her others.
In the fall issue of The Magnolia Journal, Joanna reveals that she is more confident and with age on her side this time she is more comfortable in her own skin.
“I have always really enjoyed being because pregnant — I tend to feel my best during those nine months,” Joanna wrote. “This time I felt a little more worn out than usual. I heard the phrase ‘geriatric pregnancy’ for the first time when I was about six weeks in, and I laughed until I realized that’s actually what it’s called at my age.”
If you would have told Joanna that she would be having a fifth child a 40 she would have said you’re crazy. But with life comes surprises and her newborn son has been nothing but the sweetest blessings yet for the family. “As much as Chip and I joked about the possibility of having another child, I truly believed I was done,” she wrote. “And yet, after eight years, here I am with a newborn in my arms. I feel like I’m a first-time mom all over again.”
So why is this time around so different than her prior four? For one, she had her first four kiddos close together and Joanna recalls, ”Time and money and sleep were all scare, and I remember greeting each of those babies with a mix of excitement, uncertainty, exhaustion, and awe. This time around, the HGTV personality is “more comfortable” in her own skin.
And with age comes wisdom and Joanna Gaines realizes that it’s ok to ask for a helping hand. “Part of being capable is surrounding myself with people who are strong where I am weak and willing to lend a hand when I am in need of help,” she wrote. “Since Crew’s birth, I have a new understanding of the reality of the phrase ‘it takes a village.’”