Joanna Gaines opens up about her ‘geriatric pregnancy’

Just six weeks after Fixer Upper stars Joanna and Chip Gaines decided that season 5 would be their last, the couple received some surprising news. Joanna was pregnant with their fifth child. 

Joanna, who was 40 when she gave birth to their son Crew on June 21, revealed that this pregnancy “was different” from her others. 

“I have always really enjoyed being because pregnant — I tend to feel my best during those nine months,” she told the fall issue of The Magnolia Journal. “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.”

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Played in the dirt this weekend and spruced up the front porch with a variety of hydrangea plants. Now time for a Sunday nap 💚 #homebody #andplantladytoo
It's time for bed but I was determined to find a perfect spot for this metal verse. #fourthtimesthecharm
One day I will show you what's inside this extra large hutch... #dishjunky #farmhouse
May your day be Merry and Bright! #merrychristmas
Rearranging living room today made the space feel so much bigger. #monstertreeisgone #rearranginganditfeelssogood #farmhouse
This rainy day is making it really hard for me to leave for work. #homebody
I may have gained ten pounds today... #christmasbaking
Formal sitting room turned office. Chk out the details on my site. #makeyourspacesworkforyou
Day 10: allergies aren't fun and they got the best of me tonight. So I did some sit ups and called it a day. Showing up is the hardest part #healthybody #healthymind #youcandoit
Excited to announce that soon and very soon you will be able to get the farmhouse style online and at our storefront boutique! #openingmay2014
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The hardest thing about bunk beds is when you have to actually make the bed. I just got simple striped sheets #potterybarn and a nice throw blanket #target for the edge of the bed. This cuts the time in half and it still has a finished casual look
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The jasmine vines are finally doing their thing and framing out the front of the greenhouse
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Joanna, who shares Drake, 13, Ella, 11, Duke, 9, Emmie, 8, and 6-week-old Crew admitted she never expected to be back in maternity jeans. “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.”

The Magnolia Table cookbook author noted that she had her first four children close together. ”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,” she recalled the in the essay. This time around, the HGTV personality is “more comfortable” in her own skin.

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"Rehab Addict" star Nicole Curtis during her high school cheerleading days!

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No one could rock suspenders like Nicole Curtis!

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"Fixer Upper" stars Chip and Joanna Gaines look just as in love now as they did back then. This is one of the couple's engagement photos from over a decade ago.

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Ok, Chip Gaines was quite a looker in his younger days. Anyone else agree?

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And here's another one from Chip and Jo's wedding day. We want more pictures!

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Stop the cuteness! The "Property Brothers" stars Drew and Jonathan Scott have grown up into such handsome men.

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Back where it all started! Drew Scott dressed up and looked spiffy for his high school graduation.

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The Scott brothers with their infamous third sibling, J.D.

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We love Jonathan Scott as a scrawny teenager. We don't think he'd be caught in this outfit these days.

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Daddy's girl! Here's Genevieve Gorder looking totally adorable before going to "Sesame Street Live" with her dad.

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Genevieve Gorder, host of "Dear Genevieve," was such a cute 7 year old.

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Carter Oosterhouse, star of "Carter Can," was living his best life in the '70s with some pals.

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"Flip or Flop" star Christina El Moussa looked just as gorgeous in Jr. High!

Sabrina Soto, star of "The High/Low Project," was all smiles with the Easter bunny.

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Josh Temple of "House Crashers" rocked some seriously bleached blonde hair in the '90s!

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Here is "Property Virgins" star Egypt Sherrod at 15 years old rocking a super red ensemble. Talk about a '90s throwback!

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This photo of Scott McGillivray shows less skin (so seriously what's the point?!) but it did have us feeling nostalgic for frosted tips. 

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Wowza! Scott McGillivray from "Income Property" posted this shirtless photo from back in the day -- and it definitely made his followers happy.

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She is also learning to accept the help of others. “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 mused. “Since Crew’s birth, I have a new understanding of the reality of the phrase ‘it takes a village.’”

The fall issue of The Magnolia Journal hits newsstands early next week. 

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