Despite the fact that Miranda Lambert has always joked about her pets being her children, she has the real deal with her husband Brendan McLoughlin‘s son, Landon. She became the boy’s stepmother after marrying the former N.Y.P.D. officer in January 2019.

Miranda gushed over her stepson, who was a baby at the time of her wedding to Brendan, to Extra in 2019. “We have the best of both worlds. We spend time in New York, we get to see our adorable nugget, then, we get to come back to the farm and have the quiet life. I’m enjoying the balance.” Landon’s mom is Brandon’s ex Kaihla Rettinger.

“I’m loving that whole phase, and I’ve raised a million dogs, so I feel like I’ve got that part of my womanly/motherly thing is full. So, this is a whole new journey,” she added. “It’s great. My stepson is amazing.”

Miranda made sure to include Landon in her one-year wedding anniversary Instagram post to Brendan. “I’m so happy to walk through this life with you. Thank you, Brendan, for making me the proudest wife and stepmom. You are the reason for all my new smile lines. I love you,” she wrote in the caption next to photos of the happy couple.

The “Vice” singer and ex-husband, fellow country music superstar Blake Shelton, never started a family of their own during their five-year marriage. But the animal lover has had plenty of love and nurturing to give to the furry creatures in her life. Miranda founded the rescue charity MuttNation Foundation in 2009 and has had upwards of 18 pets at any given time, as well as fostering dozens of dogs and cats. 

Miranda joked about how she brought fur babies into her marriage with Brendan, while he made her an actual mom. “[Brendan’s] a great guy and, bless his heart, he didn’t have any dogs or any animals at all when he came into this relationship, so he inherited a whole barn-full,” the “Tin City” singer told the outlet. “I was like, ‘Hey, I got the dogs, you got the kid, we can mix and mingle.’”

Though Miranda and Brendan don’t have a child of their own yet  a source told told In Touch in 2020 that Miranda was “eager to start a family” with her hubby, and they were actively “trying” to conceive. “She has baby fever,” the insider claimed. “Brendan and Miranda don’t see the point in waiting around to have children.”

But Miranda has been relishing being a stepmother to her husband’s little boy. “Miranda’s such a caring, nurturing, loving person, and that side of her personality really shines through when she’s with Landon,” the source explained. “She enjoys singing to him” and Landon was at an age “where he tries to sing along with her!”