Jamie Otis and Doug Hehner rose to fame on FYI’s “Married at First Sight.” Their unusual meeting worked out well — the two fell in love and have stayed together since their televised vow ceremony in 2014.
About a year ago, the pair decided to try to start a family. Unfortunately, only four months into their pregnancy, they shared devastating news — Otis had a miscarriage.
A short statement on Instagram broke the news:
An angel opened up the book of life and wrote down my baby’s birth. Then she whispered as she closed the book. ‘He’s too beautiful for Earth.’
Almost a year later, the couple was ready to try again, and this time, they have reason to celebrate.
Back in April, the couple exclusively told People it was expecting a baby girl.
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Happy Father's Day, @doughehner.? If there's only one thing I can be certain of in this life, it's that you are going to be the BEST father.??? You're so loving, patient, and FUN!? You're not scared to get down, dirty, and play with kiddos … I can't wait to watch you playing with our very own little baby girl.?? #happyfathersday #bestdaddy
The now-31-year-old mother-to-be was shocked and thrilled that she was entering a healthy pregnancy. She added how excited she was to have a daughter, hoping to foster a relationship she lacked growing up:
“I’ve always wanted to have that mother-daughter relationship that I kind of missed out on with my mom. I secretly hoped to be a mommy to a little girl and to have a little mini me.”
Don’t think daddy-to-be wasn’t over the moon, though. He added his anticipation for the “special” bond that exists between a father and his daughter:
“Every one of my guy friends say there is this unexplained special bond that happens with a daughter. They don’t know what it is, but it’s an amazing feeling, and I cannot wait.”
As they near the final weeks of the pregnancy, the happy couple took to Facebook Live to announce the name of their newest family member: Henley Grace.
And the name comes with an awkward and cute origin story. According to People, Otis revealed that the reality stars were leaning toward the name “Henley” due to a mistake that kept popping up. She explained:
“When Doug and I first got married — we were married at first sight, so we didn’t obviously know each other very well — and the first morning, we wake up and he goes, ‘You’re Jamie Nicole Otis, and I’m … ‘Douglas Edward Henley?’”
Otis had mistakenly kept calling her new beau Hehner “Henley,” which made for a recurring joke between the love birds:
“After we fell in love, we would laugh about it all the time. He’d always pick on me that he knew my whole name, but I couldn’t remember his.”
Through all that humor and love, the happy pair was able to make some new memories and a new life, too.