Jamie Otis and Doug Hehner's 17-Month-Old Son Hospitalized With RSV
"Married at First Sight" Couple Jamie Otis & Doug Hehner Get Real
Never underestimate a mother's intuition.
On Wednesday, Oct. 13, Jamie Otis took to Instagram and revealed that her 17-month-old son Hendrix was hospitalized after she took him to the E.R. with a temperature of 104.7 degrees.
"The doc said, ‘I've never admitted a patient for a fever.' If I'm judged as ‘that mom' who took my kid to the ER over a fever then so be it," the Married at First Sight star wrote on social media. "He's had it for a few days & it's only been increasing. He's also been super lethargic."
While his rising temperature was enough to startle Jamie and her husbandDoug Hehner, the reality stars were more shook by the changes in Hendrix's demeanor.
"It was his behavior that scared us more than the temp though. It was so strange," Jamie recalled. "The ER doc said that the night where his eyes were staring off & his behavior scared the bejesus out of us, it was likely the aftermath of a seizure. He thinks it was a febrile seizure. He said kiddos have them often but they usually go undetected."
After spending time at Jersey Shore Medical University Hospital near their home in New Jersey, Jamie and Doug learned what was going on with their son.
"While we were there, he checked his lungs bc he's been coughing nonstop & he has so much mucus," Jamie wrote. "Turns out he has RSV, an ear infection, and the rhino virus."
Soon after sharing her son's story, Jamie received support from her extended Married at First Sight family.
Fellow mom Danielle Dodd wrote, "Poor beebee. It's so hard to see them feeling like that. Glad you figured it out!" Amani Aliyya added, "I'm glad you went with your gut and took him to the hospital! Praying for a smooth recovery."
Fans first met Jamie and Doug during season one of Married at First Sight back in 2014.
Since participating in the experiment, the couple has continued to document their family life, which can be seen on Married at First Sight: Couples' Cam (produced by Kinetic Content) airing Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. on Lifetime.
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How Married at First Sight's Jamie Otis and Doug Hehner Found the "Light" in Their Marriage Again
"Married at First Sight" Couple Jamie Otis & Doug Hehner Get Real
Jamie Otis and Doug Hehner are far from perfect.
Despite being married for seven years, the Married at First Sight couple has never shied away from the good, bad and wild parts of their relationship. But in recent weeks, the pair has made headlines for their social media posts that often paint a marriage in serious distress.
"We're not giving up on each other—not now, not ever," Jamie proclaimed through Instagram on Aug. 10 while looking visibly upset in a selfie next to a tearful Doug. "Right now, I'm fighting for my marriage. For my children. For ME."
While some are quick to criticize the couple for being overdramatic or sharing too much information, this duo says they are providing an authentic look at marriage that isn't always hearts and kisses.
"Honestly, the past couple of weeks I feel like finally, there's like a little bit of a light at the end of the tunnel because for a long time, I was wondering whether or not we were able to overcome just some of the problems that we were having," Jamie exclusively shared with E! News on Aug. 20. "And honestly, I don't know if we would have if it wasn't for therapy, which sounds, I know probably sounds crazy to some."
Back in 2014, Jamie and Doug met on the very first season of Married at First Sight. After following through with the social experiment, they appeared on Jamie and Doug Plus One in 2017 and filmed the birth of their now 4-year-old daughter Henley. Most recently, they documented the arrival of 15-month-old son Hendrix on Married at First Sight: Couples' Cam.
"We've made a commitment to each other and to really our fans that have been with us from day one to show the good, the bad, the ugly and everything," Doug explained. "More importantly though, I think it's inspiring to not just show issues or problems or challenges, but very rarely do you get to see the progress of the work that's being made and the solution to it."
"A lot of people don't see the work put in behind the scenes," he continued. "I personally can't imagine a life without Jamie, without this family and I know how great it is and how great it can be and how much we can grow."
According to Doug, he can be a "terrible communicator" who finds himself unable to "get out what I need to say or what I really mean."
"A lot of it is because I'm just maybe not confident or maybe just hiding or just, you know, just waiting for things to blow over and that can only take me so far," he explained. "And, you know, couples therapy has really helped bridge that gap and seeking out personal therapy, I mean it's, it's not a stigma anymore. It's something that's been instrumental in keeping us together."
According to Dr. Viviana Coles, who has not treated Jamie and Doug but has served as a Married at First Sight expert in recent seasons, therapy can be a helpful tool for couples in various stages of their relationship.
"I have worked with couples who are four weeks into their relationship, four months in, four years in. It's heartbreaking, and much more challenging for all parties, to work with couples who are starting therapy when on the verge of calling it quits," Dr. Viviana shared with E! News. "The earlier you establish a working relationship with your therapist, the better the chances at a favorable outcome."
The licensed relationship therapist and author of The 4 Intimacy Styles added, "I see my clients, at most, a couple of times per week and, at least, three to four times per year for maintenance. This is the best way I can help them to avoid any major pitfalls and resentment."
Jamie is the first to admit that she has learned many things about herself and her relationship when speaking to a professional. As she explained to E! News, "I am a firm believer that you should always be working as an individual and as a couple...You can't rely on your spouse to check all your boxes and that's genuinely what I was doing with Doug and I think he was doing with me. I think a lot of people probably ended up doing that with their partners because of the pandemic."
According to Dr. Viviana, growing and evolving as an individual is necessary, but it sometimes demands more work in a relationship because it creates more opportunities for disconnection.
"Couples therapy can help keep the connection from growing into an unhealthy chasm," she explained. "This pandemic has forced us to re-evaluate our lives. Growing in new directions for personal fulfillment does not necessarily have to spell the end of your relationship."
Looking ahead, Jamie and Doug hope to continue growing as individuals and as a couple to a point where they feel more comfortable expanding their family. "We're discussing one or two more children," Jamie shared. "We're not not trying, but we're definitely not trying as hard as we were just because now we realized, holy crap, we should probably slow down, and like really become realigned again."
And while neither would characterize divorce as a sign of defeat, Jamie and Doug are far from calling it quits on their love story. As Jamie explained, "Full transparency. I don't want to divorce. I want to know that my husband is 100 percent committed."
Doug replied, "I'm 100 percent committed."
Married at First Sight: Couples' Cam (produced by Kinetic Content) airs Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. on Lifetime.
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Jamie Otis and Doug Hehner Tearful But 'Not Giving Up' After 'Heated Call' with Therapist
Jamie Otis is giving a candid look at what it takes to make a marriage work.
The Married at First Sight star, 35, posted a photo on Tuesday of herself and husband Doug Hehner crying and cuddling in a parked car after a phone call with their therapist.
"We're not giving up on each other—not now, not ever," she started in the caption.
"TBH, sitting in the car in a random parking lot crying-like the hard ugly cry with snotty noses & hiccups-was not at all what I intended on sharing today...but here we are," Otis continued. "We just finished a heated call with our therapist. It started with anger, yelling, blaming..but ended with us holding each other and trying to figure out our next steps TOGETHER... "
"Gosh, a good therapist is everything!" Otis said.
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She added that she intended to post some body positive content, "but honestly, right now I feel like that just isn't my own reality. I'm not gonna slap a smile on my face and pop up a pretty picture if that's not my true reality...that feels so fake and wrong."
"I'm a multifaceted, ever-changing person who is a complete mess at times...and lately, I feel like I've been a mess ALL of the time," the mother-of-two wrote.
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Otis went on to declare that she's a "fighter" and that she'll continue to fight for her family, friends and fans.
"Right now, I'm fighting for my marriage. For my children. For ME," she concluded. "When I get to the other side of this battle I will be back here fighting for YOU and for all of US WOMEN again. But any good fighter knows you gotta focus on one battle at a time. Thank you for always standing in my corner & cheering me on ... I love you! Truly!"
The Bachelor alum tied the knot with Hehner, 37, on Married at First Sight in March 2014, and they've since documented their union on the show and its spinoff Married at First Sight: The First Year, as well as their YouTube series, Married Life.
Back in May, on an episode of Otis and Hehner's Hot Marriage. Cool Parents. podcast, Otis told life coach Dr. Gertrude Lyons that she's had "a really hard time trusting that everything [Doug] says is true" and feels she's more prone to "open up old wounds."
"When you're stressed you don't have the ability to stay calm," Otis said, adding, "I'm in a rut here and I'm begging for help in every aspect of my life ... I'm angry and sad and hurt and I don't know what to do."
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The couple shares daughter Henley Grace, 3½, and 15-month-old son Hendrix Douglas. They've also suffered the loss of two pregnancies, which they've opened up about in the past.
Otis recently celebrated what would have been their late son Johnathan Edwards' 5th birthday, after she had a miscarriage at four months pregnant.
"Happy birthday to my sweet boy who made me a mommy. I only got to hold him briefly before he was taken away from me. Johnathan would be 5 today if he had survived," she wrote. "I've lost a lot of pregnancies, but losing him tore my world apart."
Married at First Sight’s Jamie Otis and Doug Hehner’s Relationship Ups and Downs
Relationships are hard work — something Jamie Otisand Doug Hehnerhave freely admitted throughout their marriage.
The couple were introduced to one another during the first season of Married at First Sight in 2014 and committed themselves to spending the rest of their lives together. Otis had previously searched for love during season 16 of The Bachelor in 2012 and on season 3 of Bachelor Pad.
In August 2021, the Wifey 101 author described “a heated call” she and Hehner had with their couple’s counselor, which “ended [with] us holding each other & trying to figure out our next steps TOGETHER.” After eight years of marriage — and plenty of challenges along the way — the duo agreed they were “not giving up on each other,” she wrote via Instagram.
“I will fight for my family! I mean, sometimes more than they even want me to…🙈😆,” Otis added at the time. “But right now, I’m fighting for my marriage. For my children. For ME.🙏❤️.”
The Chef’s Connection host and her husband share daughter Henley Grace and son Hendrix Douglas. Their road to parenthood wasn’t easy, however, with Otis suffering multiple miscarriages. In 2016, she lost son Johnathan 17 weeks into her pregnancy and it “tore [her] world apart,” she recalled five years later.
“I looked at my baby who was so broken & bruised,” she wrote in a July 2021 Instagram tribute, marking what would have been her firstborn’s 5th birthday. “It was like all that was stolen from him-from me-was laid bare for me to see. I instantly felt like I failed him bc of choices I made way before he was born.”
While pregnant with Hendrix in 2020, the New York native was “so nervous” that she might have an early delivery following her past fertility struggles. She previously told Us Weekly exclusively that she “totally” planned to tell her kids about how she fought for her family.
“I mean, one day [Henley’s] going to ask … and I’ll explain it to her,” Otis said in November 2019. “How, I don’t know. But I have time to think about it. We’ll take it day by day. … So many people have had to mourn in private because it’s so taboo to talk about.”
Focusing on expanding their family took a toll on the pair’s romantic life, they revealed on their “Hot Marriage, Cool Parents” podcast. “I don’t feel like having sex, because I’m frickin’ depressed,” Otis said in September 2020 as she worked through postpartum depression. “I don’t feel sexy, I don’t feel hot; I’m anxious, I’m insecure.”
Hehner was “the most patient man in the world” while they took a break from the bedroom, his wife noted. “I’m shy and scared. I also didn’t have postpartum depression after [our daughter],” she continued. “I can’t explain it, the way I feel. It’s not OK, and I’m trying to figure it out.”
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