Anna Duggar Welcomes Her Sixth Baby With a Very Special Name

Anna Duggar, Mary Duggar
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It's official: Anna Duggar and Josh Duggar's sixth baby has finally arrived, and she has the sweetest name -- and for a very interesting reason. Last week, Anna announced her baby's birth, and since then, she's been updating Instagram with plenty of pics of her new daughter ... as well as the story behind what they've decided to call her. 

  • On Wednesday, Anna announced the arrival of Maryella Hope Duggar. 

    The baby, who weighed 8 lbs., 2 oz., was born at 9:15 a.m. the day before Thanksgiving. Wecome, Maryella! 

    "Maryella Hope arrived one day ahead of Thanksgiving Day 2019 and a great reminder to be grateful for all God has done for us!" Anna wrote. "We are so excited and thankful to God for His special blessing giving us this precious, happy & healthy baby girl!"

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  • Later, she shared a photo of her family together for Thanksgiving -- for the first time as a family of eight.

    And just in case anyone was worried, Anna got plenty of rest during the holiday.

    "I've spent Thanksgiving Day in bed resting and bonding with Maryella Hope," Anna explained. "When it came time for our family to read our Thanksgiving chain, I threw a sweater over my nightgown joined the rest of our family for this special tradition ... and then I headed back to bed! Thankful the kiddos got to go spend time with extended family as well today ... lots to be thankful for!"

  • She also shared the story behind Maryella's name. 

    According to Anna, they wanted a name to pay tribute to grandma Mary after her death without making it seem like they were trying to replace her, so they thouught a hyphenated name would be best ... and then they found Maryella.

    "As we continued chatting about names, Josh and I both fell in love with the name Maryella!" she wrote. "We chose Hope for her middle name because of the Hope we have because of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection." 

    Anna went on to say that there was both joy and grief during her pregnancy, but they've made it to the other side. "Maryella Hope Duggar is such a blessing and we are so grateful for her!" she added.

    Plus the name fits in with their "M" theme -- Maryella joins older siblings Mackynzie, 10, Michael, 8, Marcus, 6, Meredith, 4, and Mason, 2.

  • We can't wait to see more photos of Maryella. 

    Anna and her family have been through a lot, but they also seem to have a lot to look forward to -- and this little girl is the cutest. 

    Congrats, Anna! We're looking forward to seeing Maryella grow -- and hang out with her new baby girl cousins who have all been born this year.