As the ENQUIRER exclusively reported last week baby No. 2 is on the way for Oscar winner Ben Affleck and wife, Alias star Jennifer Garner!

The happy couple expects a sibling for their adorable 2 1/2-year-old daughter Violet early next year.

"A few days before the Fourth of July, Jen began calling close pals with the news that she was pregnant again!" a close pal told The ENQUIRER. "Jen said she’s three months along – and she and Ben are ‘ecstatic!’"

While Jen dismissed recent rumors of marital troubles, close pals were worried that something was amiss between the two, the source said.

"There was the sense Jen was trying to keep Ben close – and what better way than to have another baby," the source added. "Now they couldn’t be happier."

A second source also confirmed the baby is due next year, when big sister Violet is 3 – which is exactly the age difference the couple wanted.

"Jennifer is 36, so she’ll be having a prenatal test to make sure the baby is healthy," the source told The ENQUIRER. "She and Ben are still deciding whether they’ll ask the sex of the child."

Pals expect the A-list couple – who first met when they starred in 2001’s Pearl Harbor – to continue their down-to-earth lifestyle.

"Jennifer and Ben have a home in Los Angeles, but they live fairly normal lives," the source said. "They spend time in Charleston, W.Va., where Jennifer’s family lives, and in Boston, close to Ben’s mom.

"They’re both close to their parents, and Violet is super attached to her grandparents. Both extended families are very excited about adding another little Affleck to the fold!"