What was having a baby at 40 like for Joanna Gaines? The celeb designer, children’s book author and mama recently talked to People about life with baby as of late, her brand new little love (nine-month-old baby Crew) and how her latest pregnancy changed her—for the better.

As if authoring a new children’s book, creating several home goods lines and running a lifestyle brand isn’t exhausting enough, Gaines has also made time to raise not one, not two, but five kiddos!

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Even though having five kiddos sounds exhausting to many moms, having her fifth baby may have had the opposite effect on Gaines. She told People, “If you ever want to feel young again, have a baby at 40,” adding, “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.”

Not only has baby Crew added a spring to Gaines’ step, but he’s also given her a new perspective on life: “I realized there has to be spontaneity, and schedules kind of go out the door.” Gaines also admits that she’s a-okay if she doesn’t get to everything, telling People, “I’ve just relaxed so much more, and it’s been fun for me.”

If you’re wondering whether Crew’s positive influence has made his mama want to expand her brood beyond five, Gaines didn’t rule out the possibility. “I thought I was done,” she said,  “and then we had Crew.” For now, the mom of five definitely has her hands—and heart—full.

—Erica Loop

Featured photo: Chip Gaines via Instagram 

 

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