“I mean, they lost it."
Chip and Joanna Gaines reportedly kept things pretty simple when they broke the news that they were expecting another child—a boy, due sometime this summer—to their four older kids.
"When they were younger, we waited [to tell them]," Joanna recently told Country Living. "Typically we'd say, hey let’s wait a couple of weeks before we say anything, but we told them that day. Out of anybody, we were most excited to tell the kids. Now that they’re older, they get it and understand."
The Fixer Upper couple, whose current brood ranges in age from 8 to 13, is no stranger to pregnancy announcements. For this, their fifth time around, Joanna told Country Living that she surprised the kids by laying out some baby clothes for them to see. "I had all these onesies out that [said] ‘big brother’ and ‘big sister’ and I made them turn around and look at it. And it took them all a second to figure what the heck it was about," she recalled.
Luckily she caught it all on film, because when they finally figured it out, Drake, Ella, Duke and Emmie had the best reaction. "I mean, they lost it," she said. "They were so excited, and I think that’s what makes me the most excited—that they’re celebrating with us."
The fact that they’re all celebrating together has been Joanna's favorite part of this pregnancy. "Back however many years ago when I had Emmie, they were all so young," she recalled to Country Living. "They were four and under, and they didn’t really get it. But now, I have an 8-year-old kid to a 13-year-old kid, and every day they ask how many more days until the baby comes. So that’s been the most exciting thing—watching how excited they are."
We’re excited too!