‘Fixer Upper’: Joanna Gaines ‘Freaked Out’ When Husband Chip Left Their Newborn Baby Home Alone — Twice

Part of the reason Chip and Joanna Gaines became so popular is because they’re seen as role models — both for decorating and for parenting. But fans were surprised to hear that Chip Gaines, the resident goofball dad in the Gaines clan, wasn’t always so perceptive when it came to parenting his kids.

The Gaineses have five kids together and over the years they’ve definitely learned a thing or two about raising children. But like all new parents, Chip and Joanna had a few things to figure out when they had their first child together. Most shocking of all? Chip Gaines left his newborn baby Drake home alone not just once, but twice in one week.

Chip and Joanna Gaines
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Chip Gaines forgot he was in charge of their newborn baby

Joanna Gaines recounted the incredible story to People. “I felt it was okay to leave him [their son Drake] with Chip for a half hour so I could take a short run,” she explained. “I walked in and discovered Chip had prepared an elaborate breakfast for me. I sat down to eat, and I looked over at Drake. He was sound asleep in his swing, still wearing nothing but his diaper.”

Joanna immediately figured out what happened, but had to confirm it.

“‘Chip, did you take Drake to the grocery store without any clothes on?’” she recalls asking the new dad. “Chip gave me a real funny look. He said, ‘What?’ I gave him a funny look back. ‘Oh my gosh,’ he said. ‘I totally forgot Drake was here. He was so quiet.’ “

“‘Chip!’ I yelled, totally freaked out. I was a first-time mom. Can you imagine? Anyone who’s met Chip knows he can get a little sidetracked, but this was our child!”

Chip didn’t learn his lesson after the first time

Despite his mistake, Joanna Gaines put Chip in charge of the baby again while she went for another quick run. Somehow, he managed to forget he was watching Drake — in the same week.

Joanna explained, “Several days later, I decided to go on a good long jog, trusting that Chip would not leave Drake again.”

“As I was on my way back, I saw Chip coming down the road. He rolled up to me with his window down and said, ‘Baby, you’re doing so good. I’m heading to work now. I’ve got to go.’ I looked in the back, thinking, Of course he’s got Drake. But I didn’t see a car seat.”

Chip chimed in on the story, “‘Chip, where’s Drake?’ she said, and I was like, ‘Oh, shoot!’ She took off without a word and ran like lightning all the way back to the house. She got there faster on foot than I did in my truck.”

Chip and Joanna Gaines have figured out a lot about parenting

Like any new parents, Chip and Joanna had to go through some trial and error while they were learning how to take care of their baby. The pair gave birth to their fifth child, Crew Gaines, in June of 2018, about one year after canceling their show, Fixer Upper.

It’s obvious that the Gaines family is happier than ever — and hopefully Chip Gaines hasn’t forgotten to watch any of his babies since those two big mistakes!