Big news from one of the music world's most famous families today:
Jamie Lynn Spears has announced that she's expecting her second child!
The announcement comes courtesy of Spears' Instagram page, which featured the above photo alongside the following caption over the holiday weekend:
“Looks like we are starting off 2018 with another big milestone…sooo happy to announce that Maddie is FINALLY going to be a big sister,” Jamie Lynn wrote.
“2017 was filled with some of the biggest challenges of my life, as well as some of the biggest blessings, so I made a choice to lay low this year to focus on truly becoming my best self as a person and as an artist.”
“During that time, I continued working on my music and telling my story, which has created some of my most honest work and I [CAN’T] wait to share that with you all very soon. 2018 is going to be filled with many milestones both personally and professionally.”
“I appreciate each of you for your patience and support through I[it] all. 2018 has a lot coming, so GET READY," Spears concluded.
Naturally, Jamie's iconic sister, Britney Spears, was quick to share the news and offer her congratulations, tweeting:
"Maddie is going to be the best big sister!!! So happy for you @jamielynnspears!!!! Love you all sooo much!!!"
Spears gave birth to her first child, daughter Maddie Briann, back in 2008.
At the time, there was quite the uproar, as Jamie Lynn was just 16 and the star of a popular Nickelodeon kids' series when she announced that she was pregnant.
It's been a challenging year for Jamie Lynn, who experienced a near tragedy in February of 2017.
On Super Bowl Sunday, Maddie was in an ATV accident that nearly claimed her life.
The vehicle on which she was a passenger flipped over into a pond, and Maddie was stuck underwater for several minutes.
She was hospitalized for the next five days, the beginning of a long and difficult rehabilitation process.
The girl has since made a full recovery, but Jamie Lynn says the trauma of the incident remains with the entire family.
Maddie is said to be wildly excited about the prospect of becoming a big sister.
Our sincere congratulations go out to Jamie Lynn and husband Jamie Watson!