Jamie Otis Honors Son She Lost One Year Ago: “He\'ll Always Be in Our Hearts”
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Jamie Otis Honors Son She Lost One Year Ago: “He’ll Always Be in Our Hearts”


Jamie Otis and Doug Hehner are paying tribute to their late son, Johnathan, who they tragically lost a year ago.

The Married at First Sight couple decided to turn a portion of their yard into a memorial for their firstborn, who they lost four months into her pregnancy.

“A year ago today was one of the most difficult, saddest days of my life … today is our angel baby’s heavenly birthday,” the former Bachelor star wrote on Instagram Thursday, July 13.

“We wanted to remember him & honor him so we planted a beautiful tree front & center in our yard.”

She continued, “Every day we can see it, watch it grow, and be reminded of him.”

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Following the tragic miscarriage, the couple announced earlier this year they are expecting a baby girl in August.

“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,” the 31-year-old said.

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“Thanks for being a great big brother to your little sister.”

The soon-to-be mama also described the pain she felt after delivering Johnathan when she was just 17 weeks pregnant.

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“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,” she wrote in another post on Thursday.  

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“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.” 

She wrote, “I will forever be thankful & I'll never forget the countless Frans [sic] — and even strangers — who reached out to me to offer love & support. ..I planned ways to honor our angel baby's short, sweet life.”

The reality star shared the sad news with fans in a blog post last year, writing, “He was given to us so graciously by God, and then God took him away way too early.”

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She continued, “My heart hurts so bad. Losing our baby has been the most terrible experience. I wish no one would ever have to endure this.”

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Jamie and Doug wed on Married at First Sight back in 2014.

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What a beautiful tribute, you two! Johnathan will always be in your hearts.