Despite the experts’ matchmaking skills, not all of the Married at First Sight couples manage to make their marriages work. Of the few who do, more than a handful of them have gone on to start families and welcome kids together. Jamie Otis and Doug Hehner from season 1 were one of the original success stories for the series, and they were also the first pair to welcome a child.
Jamie and Doug initially announced they were expecting in July 2016. The mama-to-be shared the happy news with her husband by making a new necklace for her jewelry line that featured a baby spoon nestled up to two larger spoons. “Make room, Daddy,” read the note. “Baby Hehner wants to spoon, too!”
However, less than a month after they broke the news, the couple dealt with a tragic miscarriage. On July 12, 2016, they lost their son, who they named Johnathan. In order to remember him, they planted “a beautiful tree front [and] center” in their yard, where they can watch it grow and think of their little boy. Despite the heartbreaking setback, Jamie and Doug were determined to become parents — and they soon began trying for another.
“Working on making another baby. Maybe she will be named Henley,” the nurse wrote on Instagram in January 2017. In February, they announced Baby Hehner was officially on her way — and daughter Henley Grace was born in August 2017. “I couldn’t be happier to have my precious @henleygracehehner in my arms healthy [and] happy,” the mom wrote on Instagram at the time.
The two continued growing their family, and, in May 2020, they welcomed a son they initially named Hayes Douglas. Once they got to know their baby a little better, they decided the name didn’t quite fit, and they changed it to Hendrix Douglas instead. “My whole pregnancy, we struggled finding the ‘right’ name for our precious baby boy,” Jamie shared on Instagram. “[A baby name expert] revealed to us that [the name] Hendrix is loosely tied to Johnathan.” In order to honor their first “angel baby,” they decided Hendrix was a better fit.
They’re also hoping to have at least one more child. In spring 2020, the couple exclusively told In Touch they wanted to start trying again within the next year. “I am pushing 34, and at 35 you are considered ‘advanced maternal age’ … which is considered high-risk. We want to have at least two more children of our own and, with our past, I would love to be able to start trying ASAP so if we need any help we can get it,” the mom shared.
The stars “can’t wait to have a house full of children to love on,” and it’s clear they’re already obsessed with the kids they have. Check out the gallery below to meet Henley, Hendrix and all the other Married at First Sight kids.
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