Joanna Gaines may be ending her career on Fixer Upper.
But the beloved HGTV star isn’t exactly preparing to take it easy.
Quite the opposite, in fact.
As confirmed by Joanna and her husband, Chip, about five weeks ago, the couple is expecting its fifth child.
Yes, it’s FIFTH child.
So while Joanna may be leaving the spotlight of television for awhile, she’ll be busier than ever at home, feeding a tiny human being, changing its diaper and trying desperately to sleep.
For now, however, Gaines still has enough energy to step in front of a camera, as evidenced by the very first snapshot of her growing belly.
“Photoshoot today and there’s no hiding this baby bump anymore,” she wrote on Instagram over the weekend.
The home design guru then shared a handful behind-the-scenes picture from a photo session.
In one images, Joanna can very clearly be seen making a heart with her fingers over her bump. Check it out below!
Joanna and Chip are already parents to four young kids:
Drake, 12, Ella Rose, 11, Duke, 9 and Emmie Kay, 7.
The quartet has sometimes been featured on episodes of Fixer Upper, but just briefly and just mostly in the background, during family dinners or that sort of thing.
The reality star talk often about their loved ones, but have done an admirable job keeping them out of the public eye.
They announced to the world that Joanna was pregnant back in early January, via a typically silly and sweet post by Chip.
“Gaines party of 7,” he wrote at the time. “(If you’re still confused.. WE ARE PREGNANT) @joannagaines.”
What made this so silly and sweet? Consider the photo that accompanied the caption:
A couple months prior to this major reveal, Chip and Joanna also announced they were ending Fixer Upper after five popular seasons.
Shortly afterward, word spread that perhaps the pair were just angling for a new contract, but it’s now clear they were planning to expand their family instead.
For some incredible and very depressing reasons, the Gaines have received some backlash for this pregnancy, with some critics actually shaming them because they have such a large family.
We’re not even sure how to respond to those people.
There was also some disturbing chatter, after Joanna showed off her Ultrasound, that something might be very wrong with the baby.
Hopefully, these predictions were inaccurate, however, and we have no reason at the moment not to think things are going smoothly for Joanna and her son or daughter-to-be.
Let’s all pray the baby will be okay.
And let’s all send a congratulatory note to Chip and Joanna!
We’ve followed their professional adventures for years and are excited to see where this blessed turn in their personal life takes them next.