At six weeks after giving birth to my second child, I now understand why bloggers announce their temporary hiatus from blogging at big life changes. The last month and a half has been a whirlwind of emotions, activity, and learning.

On May 4th, after only a few hours of labor, Hosanna Lynn Marie was born via C-section. She weighed 8 pounds 12.6 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long. I once found it hard to believe that I could love another child as much as I love Josiah, but in an instant, I was in love with this precious girl.

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That squishy little face took my breath away from the start!

Our hospital experience with Josiah had been emotionally traumatic, as he was whisked away to the NICU just minutes after birth. I had also given into pain meds after many hours of labor with him. I wanted this time around to be all natural, but my water had broken and shortly after getting to the hospital, we found out that the baby was breach and could not be turned. Within just a few hours I was in surgery and heartbroken. However, I had the most loving man by my side the entire time (despite the fact that he was running on an hour of sleep after a 12 hour shift!). He kept me going when I felt like I was falling apart, and he got to announce that our baby was a girl after months of wondering! It was the most beautiful moment.

Our hospital experience was like a dream despite having my birth plan foiled, yet again. Delivering at a large state hospital the first time was very impersonal, but this time was completely different. It made me fall in love with small hospitals and the sweet nurses and techs who pour their hearts into the care of their patients. The team that delivered Hosanna made having a C-section far less frightening, and when she was delivered, they cheered. She was perfectly healthy, and we were surrounded by love from strangers who became fast friends. When they told me I would be going home within two days after delivery, I really wanted to ask to stay longer! The OB floor at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital redeemed my child birth experience when it could have been forever tainted. I am extremely grateful to them and to our families who stood by my side, loved on our son and our new daughter, and gave her a beautiful start.

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I absolutely LOVE this photo. These people are my whole world!

As I gain more experience as a mother of multiple children, I will continue to develop this blog in the hope of blessing readers and growing into a stronger follower of Christ. Thank you to those of you who still follow MBW, even when I take unexpected breaks. I hope to make it worth your while. Thanks for reading. God bless!