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Why Reality Stars Jamie Otis & Doug Hehner Changed Their Newborn Son’s Name

“Married at First Sight” stars Jamie Otis and Doug Hehner won’t be calling their newborn son Hayes, after all.

It turns out they had chosen the name Hayes Douglas before he was born, but once they met him they both felt he was a "Hendrix."

Jamie explained on Instagram Live, “The minute we had our son, the minute he came out, I looked at him [and] I almost called him Hendrix.”

She went on, “That was, like, a top name for him, [but] we named him Hayes before we met him. We felt pressured to make a decision of what his name was gonna be because I wanted to bond with him… knowing [his] name. We decided on Hayes Douglas.”

It turns out Doug had the same reaction, he called him “Hendrix right away.”

It sounds like they’ve made up their minds for good. “It’s officially Hendrix,” Otis said. “We did the birth certificate, so it’s official.”

The reality stars are also parents to daughter Henley Grace, 2.

Jamie announced the baby’s arrival last Wednesday, with his original moniker.

“He's so perfect. He looks just like his big sister Gracie. We're in this together. You and me, baby Hayes!” the couple told People magazine about their bundle of joy, who weighed 9 lbs., 4 oz. and measured 21 inches.

Doug explained why they opted for a home birth, saying, “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."

Referring to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jamie added, “What if my baby contracts [the virus] and he's stuck in a hospital in the midst of this pandemic?… It was just a nightmare."

Last month, Jamie revealed why they were naming their son Hayes. She shared, “We really like the idea of having H names, but when I found my father through a DNA test (after not knowing him for my whole life) I wanted to honor my dad in some way. I never got the chance to meet him — I found him just a couple months after he passed."

Otis announced that she was expecting in September, after experiencing miscarriages in 2016 and early 2019.

She told People in September, “Doug instantly cried tears of joy. Our first baby was a boy, but we lost him at 17 weeks. Of course he loves our daughter, but he's wanted a baby boy so badly for so long. This is truly an answered prayer for us.”