Skip Nav
Parenting
66 Positive Things You Should Be Saying to Your Child
Summer
Pool Floats For Pregnant Women Exist, and We Can Hear the Ladies Yelling "Finally!"
Aretha Franklin Kids
Celebrity Moms
After Having Her First Child at 12 Years Old, Aretha Franklin Lived a Life of “Silent Suffering"

Joanna Gaines's Quotes on Crew Being a Surprise

Joanna Gaines on Realizing She Was Pregnant With Crew: "I Truly Believed I Was Done"

By the looks of their social media accounts, each member of the Gaines family has been soaking up every single second of baby bliss since Crew was born on June 21. But in the Fall edition of The Magnolia Journal, Joanna explained in a personal essay titled "Made for This" that she didn't plan on having a fifth child, despite joking about it with Chip on occasion.

In fact, after giving birth to her daughter Emmie eight years ago, she thought she was finished in the baby department. "I truly believed I was done," she said. "And yet, after eight years, here I am with a newborn in my arms."

Although Chip and Joanna were surprised by the good news, Joanna admitted that the timetable lined up perfectly. "Chip and I made a choice to take some time off this past year because it seemed best for us in that season — even though we knew it would stretch us to stay still," she said. "Only a few weeks later I found out I was pregnant."

"I truly believed I was done. And yet, after eight years, here I am with a newborn in my arms."

And while the mom of five was obviously overjoyed to add a new son to her squad, she explained that carrying Crew was a little tougher on her physically than pregnancies past.

"I am 40, and pregnancy this time was different. I have always really enjoyed being pregnant — I tend to feel my best during those nine months," she said. "This time I felt a little more worn out than usual."

Thankfully, baby Crew offered the Gaines family a much-needed break from their hectic work schedules.

"It's sweet how, even in the most unpredictable ways, we're given exactly what we need for that exact moment in time," Joanna explained. "It wasn't something I could have anticipated. But being pregnant and 'forced' to slow down has been a gift."

Despite the physical challenges of having a baby at 40, Joanna thinks she was more equipped to handle the mental side of pregnancy than ever before.

"I don't know if it's because I'm a little older, but this time around I am more comfortable in my own skin, sure that I can do this," Joanna said. "Confident that I was made for this very thing in this very season."

At the end of the day, the former Fixer Upper star says that it's important to take life in stride.

"I believe that each of us, in every circumstance, has what it takes — that built within the construction of who we are is whatever that moment in time requires," she said. "We all will have trials, we all will have miracles, and because of grace, I believe we have it in us to handle both — no matter what that looks like."

From Our Partners
Best Baby Carriers 2018
Video of a Baby Working Out With His Dad
Kids Do the In My Feelings Challenge
Adele's Post on Postpartum Psychosis
Jason Aldean Gender Reveal
Best Glass Baby Bottles
Photos of Babies and Cats
Joanna Gaines Baby Bouncer
Joanna Gaines Instagram Photo of Late Night With Crew 2018
What Is Geriatric Pregnancy?
How Having an Unplanned Pregnancy Is Hard
Best Developmental Toys For Babies
From Our Partners
Latest Moms
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds