Interior design aficionado and TV personality Joanna Gaines has a controversial suggestion for women wanting to feel young again: have a baby at 40.
Gaines is rocking her forties, and despite the echo of disbelieving chuckles and grunts from far and wide, she says that she feels more “herself” and more full of life than ever. Some women may reach for the yoga mat, the juicer, or the self-help books for a boost after reaching the formidable 4-0, but Gaines welcomed her fifth child, Crew, with her husband, Chip, on June 21, 2018, and by all accounts has never felt so amazing.
Gaines gave birth to her first child at the age of 27. But the mom of five claims that the old adage is true: with age comes wisdom. “I kid with people, ‘If you ever want to feel young again, have a baby at 40,'” she told People. “It’s brought this whole new thing for me where I’m a lot more laid-back. People joke that I’m the ‘Fun Jo’ now.” Gaines cites a new ability to be spontaneous to the particular joy of being a fifth-time mom. “Schedules kind of go out the door,” she admitted. “I’ve just relaxed so much more.”
The mom’s existing brood are significantly older than baby Crew. The Gaines family includes Drake, 13, Duke, 9, Ella, 12, and Emmie, 8, and due to the significant age difference, Gaines revealed that Crew had made her feel like a first-time mom all over again.
“I find myself researching stuff that I should know, and I don’t know it,” she shared, revealing how much of a difference her few years away from the maelstrom of early motherhood have really made. Getting Crew to sleep was one particular problem that seemed to demand a brand-new solution. But Gaines finds herself tackling each problem with the maturity that came with entering her forties. “If he’s in his room crying,” she explained, “I’ll go and get him, where with my other ones I was a little tougher.”
Walked into this cuddlefest and my heart almost burst 😍
The very definition of insanity, as we all know, is trying the same approach time and time again, expecting a different outcome. But the wisdom of her forties has banished the spectre of insanity (although who can blame new parents for their earnest perseverance) and gifted Gaines with the confidence to try new tactics.
Gaines is championing the cause for older moms everywhere. And it really, really suits her!
One question remains: can the Gaines family expect more babies in the future? The happy mom doesn’t rule it out. “I thought I was done,” Gaines admitted, “and then we had Crew. But Chip’s always joking that he wants him to have a little sister.” After the joys and successes of baby Crew’s first few months, Gaines could be forgiven for wanting to repeat the experience.
“No plans for another baby,” she added, with reflection, “but then again, we’ve never been planners anyways!”
Gaines has long been a champion for self-reliance, posting an inspiring message for her followers on Facebook just a few weeks after Crew’s birth in 2018. “I believe that we’re all made ready,” the new mom began. “Whatever season you’re in, whatever life may throw at you, whether it feels like success or like failure, expected or unexpected, you are made ready.”
Undoubtedly fuelled by the thrill and confidence that comes with bringing a new life into the world, Gaines’s empowering message continued: “[You are] made ready to learn, to celebrate, to endure. To handle all of the things that get thrown your way.”
There's no better way to start the day than seeing baby Crew crash Chip and Joanna Gaines' interview!
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“Take stock of your resources,” Gaines implored, “of all the beautiful things you’re already made of.”
May motherhood continue to deliver glorious rewards to Joanna and the entire Gaines family. Forty is the new 30, you’d better believe it—Gaines’s anecdotal evidence is rather inspiring!