In early March of 2014 we found out that we were pregnant with our 2nd child. After the loss of our firstborn, Sophie just 6 months earlier, the question “Would we actually get to bring a baby home this year?” filled our hearts with wonder, hope, fear and so many emotions that come as you step into pregnancy after loss. The risk of having a baby with anencephaly (what Sophie had) in any pregnancy is extremely low, a mere .1%. After you’ve experienced it once, with no known risk factors, your risk of it happening again goes up to just 2-5%. Still incredibly low. And though I had some fear that this could happen again I knew that the likelihood of that was incredibly small. Because of Sophie’s condition, we were able to get a high risk ultrasound done at 12 weeks pregnant to see how this little babies’ brain was developing. On May 8th, we walked into our dr’s appointment, hopeful yet anxious to see our babies brain and skull. What followed was the devastating news that though our daughter didn’t have anencephaly (where the brain does not form), she did have acrania (where the skull does not form and so there is nothing to protect the brain and overtime it begins to look like anencephaly… with the same outcome.). We stepped into the unimaginable pain of walking through the anticipation of losing our 2nd daughter but still chose to celebrate and honor her life, however long God gave us with her. And in the midst of it all God began to root in us the kind of hope that is unshakeable. On November 13, 2014 Dasah Brielle Dennis was born at 8:25am. God gave us 12 sweet hours with her, hearing her make sweet noises, watching her express herself through so many sweet facial expressions, introducing her to family and friends and cherishing every moment we held her in our arms. We are continue to grieve her loss and ask God to meet us in our pain when often there are no words. We invite you into our story, one of joy, sorrow, and hope. One that even though our two daughters are now in the arms of Jesus is still being written.
Dasah Brielle Dennis
Dasah's Celebration Video
Though Dasah lived only 12 hours, her life was celebrated deeply. From documenting the moment Kevin and I found out we were pregnant, telling our family and then discovering she too would not live once more, this video holds in tension the joy and the sorrow of our journey and displays greatly the value of one little life. I hope you are blessed as you watch Dasah’s story unfold.
This is a video our hospital did on our story with our 2nd daughter. I hope it gives you a picture and a vision of what you’re own hospital experience could look like.
Dasah's Gender Reveal Party
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