Jamie Otis Honors Son She Lost One Year Ago: “He’ll Always Be in Our Hearts”
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.”
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.
“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.
“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.
“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.”
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.”
Jamie and Doug wed on Married at First Sight back in 2014.
What a beautiful tribute, you two! Johnathan will always be in your hearts.