I took this photograph this afternoon. I was visiting a cousin in hospital. 3 days ago her daughter was born and she became a first time mother. There is something uniquely precious about a new life. It truly is a miracle. The whole shebang: the child, the birth and what happens inside the heart of a parent when they see their child. Your world changes, your priorities change, your fears change and life takes on a whole new dimension. It is the best and most challenging experience and no one can prepare you for it.
God is amazing. I always leave these early days encounters (of other peoples children) with much joy and awe. I find it hard to express the words.
I used to be a physiotherapist. I am comfortable in hospitals and have worked in many. Today was the first day that I walked into one with my tripod (previously I only took a camera). It felt different, for the first time I felt like an outsider in an environment where I was in control. It was strange, but somehow, holding my camera and capturing those first few days when everything is so new, was more meaningful than being a member of staff. The hardest part was having to leave when visiting hour was over.