Kim and Kanye are expecting their fourth child via surrogate
New Year is a happy time. Regardless of what went down in your life in 2018, the dawn of 2019 represents a new start, a blank page, even if you did spend the first day of the year nursing a throbbing headache (not that I'm talking from experience).
And this time last year, one of the happiest celebrity announcements was the birth of Kim and Kanye's third child, Chicago West, via a surrogate on the 19th of January. Now, barely two days into 2019, news has broken that the happy couple is reportedly expecting their fourth child, a boy, also via a surrogate after Kim suffered complications during her first two pregnancies.
US Weekly reported that multiple sources have confirmed that the couple are expecting again in "very early May" and that the child was conceived using a leftover embryo from their first round of surrogacy.
Naturally, this begs the question, have they used the same surrogate two years in a row? Well, no, because La'Reina Haynes, who was Kim's surrogate last year, just gave birth to her third child a week ago, so, for now, the surrogate's identity is a mystery.
Forty-year-old Kim and Kanye are also parents to North, five, and Saint, three.
After Saint's birth, Kim was advised against giving birth naturally because she suffered from placenta accreta - a condition which causes the placenta to grow too deeply into the wall of the uterus.
The then 38-year-old said of using a surrogate for her third child:
"Having a gestational carrier is definitely different, but anyone who says or thinks it's the easy way out is completely wrong. People assume it's better because you don't have to deal with the physical changes, pain or complications with delivery, but for me, it was so hard to not carry my own child, especially after I carried North and Saint."
"I'm so grateful for modern technology and that this is even possible," she added. "It's not for everyone, but I absolutely love my gestational carrier and this was the best experience I've ever had."
"Our gestational carrier gave us the greatest gift one could give. The connection with our baby came instantly and it's as if she was with us the whole time. Having a gestational carrier was so special for us and she made our dreams of expanding our family come true. We are so excited to finally welcome home our baby girl."
After Chicago's birth last year, the undisputed Queen of reality TV said that she and her rapper husband weren't sure about whether or not they would have a fourth child, but if they did, it would be their last.
She said: "I don't think I could handle more than that. My time is spread really thin. And I think it's important that in all couples, the mom gives the husband as much attention as the kids."
In October of last year, Kim discussed expanding her family with her friend, Larsa Pippen, in an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
"Kanye wants to have more. He's been harassing me. He wants like seven. He's like stuck on seven," she said, before adding that she was reluctant to have so many, "[Seven kids is] crazy. I could never, especially in like the world we live in."
But perhaps her change of heart came from having such a positive surrogacy experience the first time around. In an interview with ELLE in May 2018, the soon-to-be mom-of-four said, The control is hard at the beginning. Once you let that go, it's the best experience. I would recommend surrogacy for anybody."
And while this might be the last addition that Kim and Kanye are adding to the Kardashian-Jenner clan, perhaps this happy news will inspire Kylie and Travis to give Stormi an older sibling?!
After all, if true, Kim and Kanye's brood will be the biggest in the family.