“Chip is the best swaddler,” Joanna, 40, says in the latest issue of PEOPLE, available Friday. “He’s always been able to rock our babies to sleep. He’s like, ‘I’m going to be holding the baby the entire time!’ “
“We need to figure that one out again,” she says. “I don’t even remember, but I do remember the blowouts and I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh!’ I’ve gotta get my stuff together. It’s coming!”
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Given the amount of time that’s elapsed since she was last pregnant (she and Chip are also parents to sons Duke, 9, and Drake, 13, plus daughters Emmie Kay, 8, and Ella Rose, 11), the experience has been a refreshing eye-opener for Joanna.
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Joanna adds, “I tell Chip that I feel 25, and in my mind there’s something about it that gives me an extra kick in my step. Forty and pregnant … who would have ever thought that was going to happen? But I’ll take it!”
For more on Chip and Joanna Gaines’ baby joy and her new cookbook, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.