Chip and Joanna Gaines are expecting their fifth child, and at this point, they’re parenting pros. The HGTV couple has introduced the world to their four children, Drake, 12, Ella, 11, Duke, 9, and Emmie, 7 — and we’ve all fallen in love with the whole family.
If there’s one thing we know about them, it’s that they value their family and always spend time together. The kids have even occasionally served as Joanna’s “design associates” on Fixer Upper, so they’ve gotten a bit of a taste for the real world.
Chip and Joanna clearly know what they’re doing when it comes to raising children, but baby No. 5 has already given them a whole new experience. Here’s everything we know about Joanna’s pregnancy, including the one thing that makes it so different from any other.
1. Her pregnancy cravings are way more intense
Joanna got super candid on Instagram about what she’s eating during this pregnancy. Current or prior mothers-to-be can probably relate to her diverse 2:30 a.m. cravings, including “fruity pebbles, a pimento cheese sandwich, chicken spaghetti, deviled eggs, and ranch dressing.”
She didn’t have any of these wide-ranging food items on hand, so she went for baking some cookies. Joanna explained, “With all the restaurant’s final tastings, the cookbook (yes these cookies are in it!), and this pregnancy-I’m definitely growing at a record rate.”
Next: Pregnancy clearly doesn’t make her lazy.
2. She’s keeping busy with her business ventures
Even if Joanna’s business ventures are adding to her food intake, she’s definitely keeping busy through her pregnancy. The family’s new restaurant, Magnolia Table, will be opening in 2018, in addition to Joanna’s new cookbook sharing the same name.
She admitted, “Chip has always wanted to open a restaurant. And now that it’s finally underway, we wrote this cookbook as a way to share some of our favorite family recipes, including a few that we’ll be serving at the restaurant.”
Next: They’re valuing their time together by doing this one thing.
3. Eating at home helps the family feel ‘grounded’
The Gaineses have wrapped up filming Fixer Upper, but it seems like their lives are still pretty hectic while preparing for baby No. 5. In the 2018 issue of The Magnolia Journal, Joanna explained how the family is staying close.
Chip and Joanna, along with their kids, usually eat at home instead of going out. “Recently, it has felt like the best chance for all of us to really connect — something that I find myself wanting more of as my kids are getting older,” she wrote.
Joanna even admitted that it’s the kids’ choice to stay home for meals instead of dining out a restaurant. “Right now, our lives are the busiest they’ve ever been, and I think a leisurely meal around the table is just what my kids need to feel grounded.”
She added, “They really seem to appreciate when I make this effort in the evening.”
Next: This is the one thing that makes this pregnancy so different.
4. None of her other kids were born in the public eye
The one thing that really makes Joanna’s current pregnancy different from her past children is that she’s now in the public eye. Joanna could have hid from the public during this time, but instead, she’s inviting her fans along for the ride.
She’s even continuing to get glammed up for photoshoots, as she wrote on Instagram, “Photoshoot today and there’s no hiding this baby bump anymore.” We can’t help but notice Joanna’s working that pregnancy glow in the photo, but we secretly hope to see even more of the bump.
Next: Pregnancy in the public eye comes with some difficulties.
5. They’ve had to deal with negative backlash
Of course, having a baby in the public eye isn’t always going to be a positive experience. Chip and Joanna have received some negative backlash about having so many children, but they’re not letting the hate get to them.
Some users on Twitter claimed that they’re “contributing to the [overpopulation] of the planet.” Another user criticized, “I hope this one will be your last and you will use wiser judgement.”
Whether or not people are angry about Chip and Joanna having well over the average number of children in a household (which is 2.4, according to Pew Research), many are genuinely concerned about Joanna’s age being a risk factor.
Granted, Chip is 43 and Joanna is 39, so they are a bit older than typical expectant parents. However, the couple seems happier than ever, so we’re sure they’re taking every precaution to have a safe and healthy pregnancy.
Next: Fans think they’ve discovered this hint about the baby’s gender.
6. Fans are speculating she’s having a girl
Chip may have been pulling for a boy in early January, but fans are speculating that Joanna revealed the gender of their baby. In a behind-the scenes look during one of Joanna’s Instagram stories, she posted a photo of herself sitting on a rug with her hands in a heart-shape on her belly.
She wrote, “I like this rug a lot … available this Spring #eviecollection.” Fans went crazy speculating that her hashtag revealed not only that they’re having a girl, but that she’ll be named Evie.
They make a good point — especially considering all their girls’ names start with an E (Ella and Emmie), and the boys’ names both begin with a D (Drake and Duke). Only time will tell, but the theory is pretty convincing.
Next: The Gaineses were recently sending a very different message.
7. They thought they were done having kids
Just in June 2017, Joanna told People that “Chip thinks we’re done [having kids].” Joanna, on the other hand, admitted, “I would love to have another baby — or twins! The kids are always asking me, ‘Mom, can you have another baby?’”
Even Emmie is on board, though Joanna claimed their youngest daughter “never really wanted one.” Now, Joanna explained, “She’s like, ‘Okay. I want a brother or sister.’ So I’m thinking that might be a sign.”
Next: Chip gave some romantic details about what led to baby No. 5.
8. A romantic concert led to their pregnancy
Chip took to Twitter to give a little detail in how they went from done with having kids to expecting baby No. 5. He wrote, “You might recall a few months back.. the ever amazing, ever romantic @JOHNNYSWIM was in Waco. And they put on a little too romantic of a concert.”
He alluded, “Anyways, one thing led to another, & we are officially pregnant. And I could not be more EXCITED! #5 #7ThePerfectNumber.”
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