The world's already-considerable Duggar population is soon to increase by one!
Following weeks of rumors that Jessa Duggar is pregnant with her second child, she and husband Ben Seewald made the news official.
In a statement issued to People magazine this morning, they told the magazine that they are indeed expecting a sibling for Spurgeon.
"We are overjoyed to announce that Spurgeon has a new title in life as 'big brother!'" Jessa and Ben joyfully shared.
"We are so thankful that God is adding to our family."
They added that their forthcoming bundle of joy is due in February, when their first-born son will be just 16 months old.
As fans of the family's reality shows know, Jessa and Ben married in November 2014 following the usual chaste, Duggar-approved courtship.
(Per Duggar family tradition, the couple shared their first kiss only after they were announced as man and wife.)
Almost exactly a year after their Arkansas wedding, the Seewalds welcomed baby Spurgeon into the world.
The name's a bit strange, but there's no denying the kid is cute, as the many photos of him on social media prove.
Spurgeon is just shy of nine months old, so it's safe to say that Jessa plans to keep the Duggar tradition alive by raising LOTS of little ones.
As for the ongoing rumors that Jessa and Ben planned to adopt, the couple hasn't taken that option off the table.
In a recent interview with Us Weekly, Jessa stated that she and her husband would like to explore the possibility of adoption - while she contines to birth a small army the old-fashioned way:
"We have many friends who have walked this road, so we have seen firsthand the amazing power of adoption," Jessa said at the time.
"There are so many kids out there who are longing for the love of a family, and we feel strongly about opening our hearts and our home to welcome them in.
"We don’t know what the future holds, but as the Bible says, 'Man plans his way, and God directs his steps,'" she continued.
"So we want to move forward with paperwork and a home study, and just be ready for however God opens those doors."
So yeah, it's safe to say you'll be seeing a whole lot of little Seewalds entering the world one way or another in the coming years.
Our sincere congrats go out to Jessa and Ben.
Now quit slacking, Jill and Derick!
We know you've been out of the country and that there were Zika-related concerns in El Salvador, but there's baby-makin' to be done!
Perhaps not coincidentally, you can watch Counting On online starting tonight for more of the ever-expanding Duggar clan.
The show's third season (and second full season) premieres Tuesday evening on TLC, the former home of 19 Kids & Counting.
We're sure the network welcomes this last-minute burst of publicity ... in fact, we're fairly certain this announcement was timed.
Jessa trying to get pregnant to guarantee a new season for the show was a rumor that actually circulated a few months ago.
Intentional or not, looks like it came to fruition!
The show wrapped filming several months ago, so along with Jinger Duggar courting, Jessa's pregnancy will probably get major screen time.
In other words, don't be surprised if the moment that Mrs. Seewald learns she's knocked up is featured in tonight's installment.