On May 12, Jamie Otis took to Instagram to share a photo of her 40-week and one-day-old baby bump. In the picture, she was also holding a felt board that read, “Eviction Notice, Vacate premises immediately.”
In the caption, Otis, who shared that she and her husband, Doug Hehner, decided to name their son Hayes, joked that “sweet baby Hayes has been living RENT FREE for 40 weeks and 1 day! It’s time he comes out and starts paying back rent! Snuggles, baby smiles, and sloppy baby kisses are acceptable forms of payment!”
The mom reassured her fans that while she “loooove her bump and feeling him move inside of her,” she admits that she felt like she was “going to be pregnant forever.”
“I’m cherishing these last moments of him hearing every beat of my heart, every breath I take & feeling ALL my love. …BUT, I don’t know HOW he’s still in there? For the last 3 weeks I’ve been thinking ‘any day now.’”
Now, Otis knows her son is a “very good listener.”
“He’s HERE! And he’s clearly a very good listener,” Otis wrote on Instagram just 24 hours after issuing Hayes his eviction notice. “I want to thank YOU from the bottom of my heart for all the prayers, positive vibes, and sticky baby dust you sent me throughout my pregnancy with @babyboyhehner.”
“I truly have the best FRANS! All of your love and support hasn’t gone unnoticed. And all that positive energy sprinkled out into the universe WORKED! He’s snuggling on my chest perfectly calm and content as I write this caption to you!”
Otis went on to reveal that within six hours of her first contraction, Hayes was out of the womb and repaying his mom rent with the snuggles she so desperately yearned for. “I HAVE SO MUCH MORE I WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU but it’s almost 11:30 pm and I’m EXHAUSTED! Thank you soooo much again! We love you,” Otis continued.
In an exclusive interview with People following Hayes Douglas’ birth, Otis revealed that he “was born in their New Jersey home at 3:37 p.m., weighing 9-pounds, 4 ounces and measuring 21 inches.”
“He’s so perfect. He looks just like his big sister Gracie.”
As People reported, the couple made the decision to have a homebirth due to COVID-19 and the restriction the hospital may put on them for their safety.
“The fact that I may or may not be able to be a support person at the delivery in the hospital [and] what do we do with our daughter if I can’t leave the hospital? At least with our house, we know it’s a more controlled environment.”
As Otis has talked about previously with her fans, the journey to becoming a mother of two was a difficult one. Prior to welcoming their daughter Gracie into the world, the experienced a miscarriage in 2016. The couple chose to name their late-child Jonathan.
Again, in 2018, Otis suffered a chemical pregnancy in 2018 and another miscarriage at 10 weeks in 2019. The couple was thrilled to announce they were pregnant with Hayes in September 2019. Otis and Hehner learned the good news while visiting a fertility specialist, noting that the news of their pregnancy was a complete surprise.
Roughly a month later, the couple revealed they were expecting a boy.
Congratulations to the Hehner family.
Sara Vallone has been a writer and editor for the last four and a half years. A graduate of Ohio University, she enjoys celebrity news, sports, and articles that enhance people’s lives.