Married at First Sight alums Jamie Otis and husband, Doug Hehner, have shared an intimate moment with their followers on Instagram. A year after losing their child midway through Jamie’s pregnancy, the reality TV couple has shared a beautiful memorial to their late baby boy — a Rose of Sharon tree, planted in honor of their son, who was born prematurely at just a little over 17 weeks.
In one of her recent Instagram posts, Jamie described how she and her husband always wanted to plant a tree in remembrance of their late child. This way, she and Doug could watch the tree grow, the same way they could have watched their son mature over the years. Jamie further shared that she and her husband waited some time before they could do this, as they had to wait until they could afford their own home first.
“One of the ways I wanted to remember him was by planting a tree for him & watching it grow. Now that we finally have our own home and our own backyard we can plant that tree. We researched and found a tree that blossoms all summer long???? Tonight at 7 pm EST we are going to remember & love on our angel baby & we’d love for you to join us in keeping Johnny’s memory alive.”
Many social media followers of the reality TV stars have expressed their sympathy and support to both Jamie and Doug, with many Married at First Sight fans assuring the couple that better things are in store for them in the near future. If any, the fact that Jamie is pregnant once more and is expecting a second child later this summer seems to be an indication that the couple has already begun recovering from their loss last year.
A year ago from today was our last full day pregnant with our first born son. Johnathan was delivered on July 13th, 2016 at just 17 weeks, 1 day. He was way too little to survive outside the womb.???? I remember feeling so helpless – there was nothing I could do to help my baby.???? I swore to myself, to my hubby, to God, to my baby boy, and to ANYONE who would listen that I'd never let him just be forgotten.???????? I blogged a lot to help cope with the loneliness; to numb the pain. I will forever be thankful & I'll never forget the countless Frans – and even strangers – who reached out to me to offer love & support.???? …I planned ways to honor our angel baby's short, sweet life.???????????? One of the ways I wanted to remember him was by planting a tree for him & watching it grow. Now that we finally have our own home and our own backyard we can plant that tree. We researched and found a tree that blossoms all summer long.???? Tonight at 7 pm EST we are going to remember & love on our angel baby & we'd love for you to join us in keeping Johnny's memory alive.???? We'll be live on Facebook at 7pm EST. Link to fb is in my bio. ???????????? #alwaysinourhearts #johnathanedward #angelbaby #bigbrother
In an exclusive report from People Magazine in April, Jamie and Doug stated that they were expecting a baby girl sometime during the summer of 2017. While the couple did not share the scheduled date of Jamie’s delivery, both Doug and Jamie did reveal that they found out about their second child in December, 2016, the month which would have been the due date for their late son.
The Married at First Sight couple’s heartfelt memorial to their son has been received warmly by thousands of their followers on Instagram. Some have even remarked that they selected the best tree in order to commemorate their first child. After all, a Rose of Sharon tree blooms every summer, and it is known to grow around 13- to 24-inches a year. The tree is also known to grow up to 12-feet tall, with a spread of up to 10 feet.
With this in mind, it seems inevitable that Jamie and Doug would definitely have a tangible, visible reminder of their late son in the years to come. In just a few years, Jamie, Doug, and their future children would be able to enjoy warm, intimate moments at home under the shade of a tree that is planted in honor of their first child.
A year ago today was one of the most difficult, saddest days of my life … today is our angel baby's heavenly birthday.???????? We wanted to remember him & honor him so we planted a beautiful tree front & center in our yard.???? Every day we can see it, watch it grow, and be reminded of him.???? Thank you to all the ladies who helped us figure out how to correctly plant a tree on Facebook live last night (link in bio) …And thank you all for helping us love, honor, and remember our first born…. we think it turned out great.???? He was only here with us for a short time, but he'll always be in our hearts! ….We will always love you sweet little Johnathan.???????????? Thanks for being a great big brother to your little sister. ???????????? #pregnancyloss #infantloss #alwaysinourhearts ❤️
Married at First Sight Season 5 is still airing. The latest season of the hit reality TV show airs every Thursday night on Lifetime.
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