Updated Jan. 5, 2018, 8:00 a.m. PT: All is not well in Fixer Upper fan-land. Us Weekly reports that since announcing Joanna Gaines’ pregnancy this week, Gaines and her husband Chip have been fielding flak from all sides: Fans and critics alike seem to feel that five kids is simply… too many kids.
“I like them ok but enough with the kids already,” wrote one commenter on Facebook. “Their own children begged them not to have any more children on a previous episode already…”
“Thank you for contributing to the over population of the planet,” wrote another. “I hope this one will be your last and you will use wiser judgement.”
“The ‘We’re back together sex kid’ never fixes a marriage,” chimed in another. Wait, were Chip and Jo broken up recently? No? Yeah we didn’t think so either. But pay that no mind, trolls: “Just means one more kid, the marriage is still broken, and now the kid has to do pay [sic] for broken marriage sex.” Ouch.
Allow us to remind ye trolls: A woman’s reproductive choices are her own. Jo is allowed to do whatever she wants with that uterus of hers. Can we go back to complaining about the end of Fixer Upper now?
Original story, published Jan. 3, 2018: Chip and Joanna Gaines’ family is about to get a little bigger. The Fixer Upper stars shared the exciting news in an adorable Instagram post on Tuesday night. Chip donned a fake baby bump for the occasion and posted a photo of himself (looking somewhat perplexed) as he and Joanna each placed a hand on his stomach.
“Gaines party of 7.. (If you’re still confused.. WE ARE PREGNANT),” Chip captioned the post. We weren’t confused (also, you’re not pregnant, Chip), but still, awww.
Meanwhile, Joanna’s actual baby bump is visible underneath her gray hoodie in the photo. She posted an ultrasound video to Instagram on Wednesday morning along with the teaser that Chip “swears he can already tell it’s a boy.”
Baby Gaines will have two older brothers, Drake and Duke, and two big sisters, Ella and Emmie Kay. The couple’s children range in age from 7 to 12. And based on what Joanna shared in a June interview with People, the kids will be over the moon about the newest addition to the family. “I would love another baby — or twins!” Joanna told the outlet. “The kids are always asking me, ‘Mom, can you have another baby?'”
She also shared that Emmie Kay, the youngest of the brood at age 7, was initially on the fence about a new sibling — a totally understandable stance since being the baby of the family often has some serious perks. But when Emmie changed her tune, Joanna saw it as a sign that the time had come for a new addition to the family.
This isn’t the only major life change that’s afoot for the Gaines family. In September, Chip and Joanna announced that the fifth season of Fixer Upper, which is currently airing on HGTV, will be its last. “Chip and Jo’s decision to leave Fixer Upper is truly just based on wanting to catch their breath for a minute; to rest, refresh, and spend even more time with their family and growing businesses,” the couple’s rep said at the time.
Although we’ll certainly miss Chip and Joanna on Fixer Upper, their decision to leave the show to devote more time to their ever-growing family certainly makes a whole lot of sense. Let the Baby Gaines name hypotheses begin!