Looks like 2018 will shape up to be a very special year for 26-year-old singer Jamie Lynn Spears: on Tuesday, she took to her Instagram share that she and husband Jamie Watson are expecting! Jamie Lynn Spears’ pregnancy announcement is super sweet, and you can really tell that this pregnancy is very special for the “Sleepover” singer.

9-year-old daughter Maddie Briann will be getting a little brother or sister sometime next year, but as Spears noted in her Instagram, there’s a lot more she and her family can look forward to in 2018. “2018 is going to be filled with many milestones both personally and professionally,” Spears wrote in her caption. In the photo, Spears, her daughter and husband and holding hands in a circle and the whole scene is really just beautiful.

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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👶🏼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 CANT 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 it­ all. 2018 has a lot coming, so GET READY…….. #12DaysofJLS

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Spears also noted in her Instagram that she spent most of 2017 laying low while working on her music, artistry and becoming her own best self. Looks like all that self-reflection should serve her well heading into next year, when she’ll have to shift gears into being the mom of a newborn for the first time again in nearly a decade.

Congrats, Jamie Lynn! Which was your favorite celebrity pregnancy announcement of this past year? Share in the comments!

—Keiko Zoll