35 Things You Never Knew About Chip & Joanna Gaines's Kids

Learn fun facts about Drake, Ella, Duke, and Emmie Gaines—not to mention the new baby boy on the way!

Chip and Joanna Gaines might be household names at this point, but the Fixer Upper stars have been careful to keep their kids largely out of the spotlight. Once in a while, between the beautiful transformations and hilarious Chip-isms, we get a glimpse of the couple's four (soon to be five!) genuinely lovely children, Drake (age 13), Ella Rose (age 11), Duke (age 9), and Emmie Kay (age 8). Still, there's so much we don't know about the heirs to the Magnolia empire. Thankfully, the couple's show, book, and Instagram feeds have given us an inside look at a few sweet family moments. Here's what we've learned from following along.

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How many kids do Chip and Joanna have?

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Symmetry isn't just a design element for this family! The Gaineses have two boys and two girls, in a boy-girl-boy-girl pattern. But they're not stopping there...

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They're expecting another baby!

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In January, the HGTV hosts announced there's a fifth baby on the way, likely due in July!

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Baby number five is a boy.

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From the time Chip saw the sonogram, he thought they were having a boy—and he was right! The star revealed Baby Gaines's gender in March.

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Chip and Jo's boys both have D-names...

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The couple has a pattern of giving their sons single-syllable names starting with the letter "D." They already have Drake and Duke—and Chip revealed he and Joanna are looking for another D-name for their new baby boy.

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..and their girls have E-names.

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Meanwhile, the girls have dual-syllable names beginning with "E," followed by a single-syllable middle name: Ella Rose and Emmie Kay.

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What are Chip and Joanna's kids' ages?​

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Drake, the oldest, is 13, followed by Ella Rose, 11. Then there's Duke, 9, and Emmie Kay, 8.

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What are Chip and Joanna like as parents?

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Joanna may be a perfectionist with design, but her parenting style is a bit different. When it comes to her kids, she embraces all the moments (even the messy ones) as they come. And of course, neither she nor Chip is afraid to get silly, whether with dance parties or dad jokes.

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The kids are a major reason behind the show ending.

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Chip and Jo have expressed that the desire to focus on family (as well as their businesses) is what motivated the hosts to step away from Fixer Upper after Season 5. We can certainly understand that!

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They're not spoiled.

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Their parents might be pulling in major dough through their show and business ventures, but that hasn't changed the way Chip and Joanna are raising them. The Fixer Upper hosts describe themselves as strict parents, particularly when it comes to phones and TV—Joanna told the Gaines kids won't get phones till they go to college.

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In fact, they seem to prefer the simple things.

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For example, on Duke's birthday, "all he requested was balloons and mama's cinnamon rolls," Joanna wrote in an Instagram caption.

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They don't even know their parents are famous.

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The family famously does not have a television in the home. "So they don't really understand that we have a show," Joanna said to . "They don't get it."

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But they're Chip and Jo's biggest fans!

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They've even written Chip encouraging notes as he trains for the upcoming Magnolia Market marathon. "I got teary eyed this am when I saw this," the proud dad posted. "But at mile 5 it was the only thing I could think of." So sweet!

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Chip & Jo keep them out of the spotlight.

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"They're so young and we want to give them the chance to have a normal childhood," Joanna told People.

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… except for a few guest appearances here and there.

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When they are on Fixer Upper, the kiddos are usually playing on the farm or serving as mom's and dad's helpers.

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They've even helped out on some reveals.

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Not only have Chip and Jo revealed certain projects to their kids (The Bakery at the Silos, Magnolia Table), but their four little ones have also participated in a few reveals themselves. This season, the kiddos unveiled their aunt and uncle's new abode.

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Even when not on the show, the kids are often just out of sight!

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Even when not on camera, chances are, the little ones were on set and simply strategically out of the shot, as outtakes and Instagram posts have revealed. Joanna said in her book that part of the reason she and Chip will only film within a 40-mile radius of Waco is so that they're always close to home for their kids.

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The Gaines girls got to meet Laura Bush.

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In a recent episode, Ella Rose and Emmie Kay accompanied their mom to pick out a tree from the former First Lady's farm in Crawford, Texas.

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Just like Chip, they're all animal lovers.

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With 60 animals on a 40-acre farm, they'd have to be!

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The boys can play guitar.

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They can be seen holding the instruments in this Instagram photo Joanna posted.

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Drake is named after the Drake Hotel.
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The oldest Gaines child got his name for the historic hotel in New York City where his parents honeymooned. It once hosted A-listers like Frank Sinatra and silent film star Lillian Gish. Sadly, it has since closed and been demolished.

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He was their "shop baby."
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Back when Joanna was running the original Magnolia Market on Bosque, she would take baby Drake to work every day. She has said that people used to come in just to see him—a fact that earned him the nickname of "shop baby".

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The boys are mama's boys.

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And we mean that in the very best way. Look at that sweetheart rubbing his mom's feet.

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OK, maybe they're Daddy's boys, too.

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Hearts. Melted.

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But they can also cause trouble with Dad.

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No blow darts in the farmhouse, boys!

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Drake is the football player of the family.

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And he's got a good arm, Chip said in an episode of Fixer Upper.

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Both girls love to bake.

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We'll take some doughnuts—and some of those Silos Baking Co. cupcakes, please!

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... and sew.

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Here they are taking lessons. They can also and and and .

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Ella and Emmie even made this amazing quilt. Seriously, is there anything these kids can't do?

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More importantly, they are "fearless world-changers."

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... according to their daddy.

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Ella has an eye for design, like her mama.

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Chip and Joanna's eldest daughter, Ella Rose, assisted Joanna on a Fixer Upper episode last season, and last summer, she if she could be a designer when she grows up. We think we know who's going to take over the family business one day!

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Duke is a cowboy, like his dad.

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The cowboy-boots-and-lasso look suits him.

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He helped Chip buy cattle at an auction, and he can catch fish !

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... and he's got quite the sense of humor!

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In a conversation with his sons that Chip , he said, "Boys, when you get older I want to parachute with you guys!" Duke's response: "But dad when we're older you'll be almost dead?" Ha!

In the latest season of Fixer Upper, Chip and his youngest son went toy shopping for a family featured on the show. "Shopping with my dad is kind of impossible," Duke teased, sounding a lot like his mom. "Because you look at everything and you're like 'Ooh we should buy this!'"

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Duke loves baseball.
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He's a lefty and a "heck of a ball player," Chip said in an episode of Fixer Upper. It makes sense he would so much: His dad played college baseball for Baylor and as a kid wanted to be either a professional ball player or a politician.

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Emmie is the free spirit.

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Like many youngest children, Chip and Joanna's fourth child, Emmie Kay, is a little bit wild and fun—but seriously sweet. She won't be the baby for too much longer, though! The newest addition will officially make the Gaineses a family of 7.

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She's tiny but tough.

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Don't be fooled by her small size: This little girl is brave! "I love how tough she is and that she trusts her dad even though losing a tooth can be a bit scary," Joanna captioned this photo.

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… and a #PlantLady like her mom.

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"I told her she would get a new plant every month if she keeps up with all her little cuties," Joanna wrote. "We are running out of space."

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The Gaineses seem like genuinely good kids.

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"I asked Emmie Kay what she would tell everyone as inspiration for the New Year," Joanna shared. Emmie's response? "Just be nice. To everyone. And unicorns if they are alive."

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Joanna is open to expanding the family.

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"I look at life as the more the better. If I found out we were having another baby, I would be really excited," Joanna told People. "We like a full plate. That's just how Chip and I operate."

Considering the recent pregnancy announcement, she clearly wasn't kidding! Now, the question is: Will they stop at 5 or try for 6?

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We have a feeling it wouldn't take much to convince Chip.

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