It seems like there’s always a Kardashian who’s expecting and this time around it’s Kim! Although it seems like just yesterday that Kim and her husband Kanye welcomed their third baby, daughter Chicago, during the same year Kylie and Khloe had daughters, it’s already been over a year. And now the Kardashian-Wests are scrambling to prepare to welcome baby no. 4 into their family.
Given how much the Kardashians are in the public eye, fans might expect to know everything about Kim’s second time using a surrogate. After all, not only were photos published of her last surrogate, but she was also featured during an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. However, it appears fans know even less about the soon-to-be arrival of Kimye’s fourth child than we did about any of the family’s other pregnancies. Kim has been a bit more reluctant to talk about the surrogacy process this time around, which has only left fans with dozens of questions. When is the baby due? How is the family preparing? How do the older kids feel?
Keep reading to discover all that we know about Kimye’s fourth baby as well as their older children so far - and some of the details are surprising! First, let's begin with 10 things that we already know about Kim and Kanye's soon-to-be newest addition.
20 The Baby Is Due In May - And It’s A Boy!
One of the first things that we learned about Kimye’s impending arrival was their baby's due date and gender. In January, Kim confirmed that she was having a boy on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen. She also mentioned the baby was due in the spring.
"You know if it's a boy or girl?" the host asked Kim. "We do. It's a boy," she replied. "It's out there. I got [intoxicated] at our Christmas Eve party, and I told some people, but I can't remember who I told."
While the reality star declined to give an exact due date during the appearance, media outlets have since confirmed the baby is set to arrive in May. Earlier this month, a source told People the baby is due “in a few weeks.”
19 Kim Wants To Name The Baby After Her Brother Rob
Given that Kim and Kanye have become infamous for the out-there names they’ve given their three children, fans have been curious to know what unique moniker they’ll choose for their most recent addition.
But Kim recently admitted that the couple are considering going in a very tame direction and naming their son after her brother and father, both of whom were named Robert (or Rob for short).
“I was truthfully thinking about just naming him Rob, after my brother, Rob,” Kim said during an interview with Jimmy Kimmel. “But then it’s kind of like North, Saint, Chicago, Rob. It doesn’t really go, but I was really feeling that. And my brother approved it, so that’s like our one kind of name.”
18 But She’s Also Considering Names From Armenia
During the same Jimmy Kimmel appearance, Kim said that she’s also been looking into potential names from Armenia for her son (Kim’s paternal family comes from there).
This wouldn’t be the first time a Kardashian sister honoured their heritage through their child's name. Kourtney said she named her eldest son Mason partially because it’s a traditional name from the country in Asia.
However, the only problem Kim is having is that she hasn’t come across a name she’s fallen in love with yet. “I was Googling...boys’ names last night, and I couldn’t really find anything,” she explained. “I definitely take a family survey but it’s usually after the baby is born. We’re trying to figure out what the baby looks like.”
17 Kim Wants A CBD-Themed Baby Shower
Kim has become known for the extravagant baby showers she throws ahead of her children’s arrivals. For her second daughter, North, the mom threw an exquisite cherry blossom-themed event. But for the birth of her fourth child, reports are saying the star is going in a controversial direction with a CBD-themed shower.
“This year, because I am freaking out so much, I just want a zen-like CBD-themed baby shower,” Kim recently shared, People reports. “I just want massages.” She added that she wants the shower to also feature a “tea ceremony with crystals.”
Kim added she thinks throwing a big shower will help her older kids transition to the new baby. “When you have a surrogate, for me, I realized that having a baby shower for Chi was actually so much more beneficial for my kids because they saw people come. They actually saw that it was like, ‘A new baby is coming,’” Kim explained.
16 North Was The First To Leak The Baby News
The Kardashians may keep their lips tight when it comes to discussing things in the media, but it sounds like Kimye’s oldest daughter North hasn’t quite caught on. During a recent episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Kim revealed that North couldn’t help but tell everyone at her school that her family was expecting another baby.
"Do you know who I think our informant is?" Kim said during the episode. "A mom at school texts me and goes 'Congrats! I heard you're having a baby [boy].'" She continued, "North has been going around saying she finally has a baby brother so Saint won't bother her anymore. She's the one who's been selling us out this whole time."
15 Kimye Can’t Decide On The Nursery
Kim recently admitted to the media that she’s feeling unprepared for baby no. 4, and it might be the nursery that’s stressing her out. A source told Entertainment Tonight that Kim and Kanye haven’t been able to decide on how to decorate the nursery. And considering the baby is about a month away, they better get on it!
"Kim and Kanye are ready to welcome their new addition to the family,” the insider shared. “The couple's main stress right now is finishing the nursery. Kim and Kanye are very particular in their design and have gone over a few options for their new son's room." But they added, "Since this is baby four for the family, Kim and Kanye have been down this path before.”
14 They’re Not Using The Same Surrogate
Kim and Kanye both raved about the surrogate that carried their daughter Chicago. Not only did they introduce her to their whole family, but they even featured her on Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
So, it came as quite a surprise when media outlets began reporting earlier this year that the couple chose to use a different surrogate the second time around. According to E! News, the couple had no other option but to find a new surrogate because their original one became pregnant with her own child. Hopefully, things are going as smoothly the second time around!
13 But Kim Has A Great Relationship With The New Surrogate
Given how highly Kim and Kanye spoke of their first surrogate, many fans have wondered if the couple have as good a relationship with their current surrogate. Luckily, Kim has said things have been going smoothly with everything.
"It's a different experience for sure, this situation is different," she told Entertainment Tonight. "I love my surrogate, we have a really good relationship. I really trust her and I definitely see, like, the first time that I went through it, I was a little bit more anxious, and texting more and calling more."
Kim added, “I feel like my surrogate this time around really is such a protecting person and I really trust that in her."
12 Kim Is Feeling Unprepared For The New Baby
While the Kardashians always seem like they’re on top of everything, it sounds like Kim is having some anxiety over her impending arrival. A source recently told People that the mom of three is feeling unprepared for her fourth child, although they say she felt the same way with her third child.
“She thinks it’s difficult to prepare mentally for a new baby,” the insider told the publication. “She felt the same about Chicago but the second Chicago arrived, everything worked out great. Chicago fit in right away. It was like she had been a part of the family forever.”
11 Kim Actually Prefers Surrogacy
Kim had a really rough time with both of her pregnancies. Not only did she experience health complications that prevented her from carrying another child to term, but the media and public were less than kind to her about her changing appearance.
Although Kim has been open about her anxieties over using a surrogate, she’s since revealed just how much she’s come to love the process - and it sounds like she might even prefer it over pregnancy.
"I enjoyed the surrogacy process. When it came time to breastfeed, I realized it was the best decision I have made — it's a game changer," Kim recently said, CNN reports. "I can spend so much more time with the older kids, getting them used to the new baby."
And now let's look at what we know about the rest of Kim and Kanye's family.
10 They Rely On A Team Of Nannies
Given how busy both Kim and Kanye are and the number of children they have, it’s no surprise the celebrities have a team of nannies that help them look after their brood.
Kim’s long-time assistance Stephanie Shepard once admitted to Refinery29 that the family relies on hired help. "Kim now also has a personal assistant, a house assistant, two kids, two nannies, and I was recently promoted to COO of Kardashian West Brands, so we're looking for someone to fill my executive assistant position,” she told the publication.
More recently, a source told OK! Magazine that the family employed three nannies who routinely travel with them when they take their kids out of the country.
9 And Each Nanny Gets Paid $100,000 Per Year
Childcare ain’t cheap - especially if you’re a Kardashian! According to Celebuzz, Kim and Kanye spend a small fortune every year on their nannies’ salaries. Evidently, each one gets paid a whopping $100,000 and that’s not even including bonuses.
“They have a team of nannies on at all times and on call 24/7, each making a salary of around $100k,” a source explained. “The cost is through the roof — they’ve spent a fortune since Chi was born in mid-January.” They added that the couple also pays for their nannies’ expenses while travelling, including hotels, flights, insurance, and food.
8 North Gets Jealous Of Her Siblings
Although Kim and Kanye didn’t wait long to give North a sibling, the parents have revealed their oldest daughter still gets jealous of her younger siblings (which is probably making them nervous about bringing home baby no. 4!).
"I thought it was a phase. She does not like her brother," Kim once told Ryan Seacrest. "It’s so hard for me. I thought it was like, ‘OK, a couple months, she’s just warming up to it.' She got so jealous when I would breastfeed and stuff. And now, the phase isn’t going away."
Kim has also said she appreciates how much time surrogacy allows her to spend with her other children in order to make the transition to a new sibling easier.
7 Travelling With Their Kids Is A 'Nightmare'
There’s a reason why Kim is not often pictured with all three of her children in tow. Evidently, travelling with so many small children is a nightmare for the famous couple, which explains why they always travel with an army of nannies to help them.
However, a source told Heat that even all the extra help hasn’t made travelling easy for the famous family. "Kim and Kanye want to project this perfect family image. At home it's easy to show everyone a glossy social media version of themselves," they explained. "When they're travelling, it's a nightmare for the nannies. Kanye barely has any direct contact with the staff."
The insider added, "Kim will be livid by how out of control they look from the outside - there goes their Insta-perfect family.”
6 Kanye Doesn’t Help Out With The Kids
While Kim always seems to be carrying one of her children around, Kanye is rarely seen out and about with his children, unless the whole family is together. According to sources, Kanye isn’t as hands-on with the children as his wife would like.
“Kim is fighting off resentment as Kanye jets to New York, leaving her home alone with their new baby,” a source told Hollywood Life shortly after their daughter Chicago was born. “Even though Kim has plenty of help at her home, when Kanye is not around she sometimes feels [it's too much] with the kids.”
“The new baby is definitely making things more challenging as a mom without daddy around,” they continued. “Kim does her best to be loving and supportive of Kanye’s many businesses, but the timing of this trip could not be any worse.”
5 And They’re Starting To Argue About It
There always seem to be reports suggesting that Kim and Kanye’s marriage is in trouble. But things appear to have gotten a lot rockier between the two since the arrival of their third child, and some fans are wondering if Kanye’s lack of hands-on parenting is a reason why the couple is arguing more.
“They went through a really rough time there for a while,” a source told People. “It was really touch and go. She was dealing with the robbery and all that came after, and she felt like he wasn’t there for her. He was going through his issues around the holidays, and he felt like she wasn’t prioritizing him.”
They added, “They clawed their way back to somewhere a lot more healthy, and they’re still clawing their way back. There are good days and there are bad days.”
4 The Kids Don’t Have To Film If They Don’t Want To
Given that their family’s fame is founded upon their reality show, many fans assume the Kardashian kids have no choice but to film for the show. However, sources say that Kim never makes her kids film if they express that they don’t want to.
Last August, Kim got backlash when photos were published showing North and her nanny sitting at a separate table while Kim dined at a restaurant. A source later revealed to People the mom only did that to keep her daughter off camera.
“Kim was filming and North expressed that she didn’t want to be on camera, so she sat at a table next to Kim,” they explained.
3 Kim Is Worried The Kids Will Have Trouble Adjusting
Any parent knows that bringing a new baby home is a big change for older siblings. Kim has expressed concern several times over how her three older children will react to another baby being brought home.
"I do worry about them getting along because, for my sisters and I, we were just so close growing up and obviously still are," Kim recently told Elle. "And I want them to be, too!"
A source shared the same concerns with Entertainment Tonight. "Their stress is down with having another child, and their main focus is making sure their other kids adapt well to the new addition," the insider shared. "North is the oldest and loves having siblings, but she likes having alone time with her parents."
2 They Can’t Agree On Having More Kids
Although Kim has said several times that four children is her max, the reality star recently said her husband wants more - seven children, to be exact! “Kanye wants to have more, though. Like, he’s been harassing me,” Kim admitted on an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. “He wants like, seven. He’s, like, stuck on seven.”
Kim continued, “I could never, especially in, like, the world we live in. I just feel like the world is so different now than when I grew up. So, I’ve been kind of hesitant about having more kids because it literally keeps me up at night thinking about how my kids will survive in a crazy world like this.”
1 The Kids Don’t Understand Why They’re Famous
Now that Kim and Kanye’s children are getting older, they’re beginning to question why there are always cameras following them. Last year, Kim revealed just how difficult it’s been answering her daughter North’s questions about their family’s fame.
“Oh, okay, okay. I’m going to have to explain this right now,” Kim said of when her daughter asked why the family is famous, People reports. “I’m like, ‘We have a TV show.’ And she was like, ‘Oh, okay.’ That was the first time she was like, ‘Oh!’”
She added, “My kids have no clue what’s going on. So I don’t really feel it — I spend most of my time at home.”
Sources: People, Refinery29, Hollywood Life, Elle, Entertainment Tonight