Before today I had never been to the Arkansas Children's Hospital.
Before today I had no clue that they kept the NICU so dimly lit.
Before today I had never seen a baby with wires snaking all over him and a feeding tube running out his mouth.
Before today I had never scrubbed up and donned a clean linen gown just to see a baby.
Before today I had never seen pain so clearly on the faces of parents at their children's bedsides.
But today I saw all this as I delivered my sister to Little Rock to be with her son, Trip.
Trip was transferred from our small hamlet's medical center to the cutting edge and amazing facilities of AR Children's Hospital a few hours after birth. He is not a preemie and at this time we don't know much about his condition other than it is a result of trauma from complications during his delivery.
He is so adorable and has the prettiest blue eyes. My little sister is now a mommy. My heart goes out to her and Trip's father at what must be an unbearably painful situation. I can't even imagine and I won't try to pretend I can.
Please pray for Baby Trip and his family.
Welcome to the world Trip. We love you.