Married at First Sight‘s Doug Hehner and Jamie Otis Expecting First Child

07/05/2016 at 09:00 AM ET

First comes marriage, then comes love, then comes the baby in the baby carriage!

Doug Hehner and Jamie Otis from season one of FYI’s hit series Married at First Sight are expecting their first child in December, the couple tells PEOPLE exclusively.

“We can’t wait to start this new chapter of our lives,” says Otis, 30, who was also a contestant on Ben Flajnik‘s season of The Bachelor and recently released her new memoir Wifey 101: Everything I Got Wrong After Finding Mr. Right. “Being a mom has been my dream.”

Adds Hehner, 35: “It feels like we’re just now truly starting our lives together. It’s the icing on the cake for us to be starting our family and we’re absolutely over the moon.”

Jamie Otis Doug Hehner expecting first child
Courtesy Jamie Otis and Doug Hehner

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The couple met for the first time on their wedding day, and have had the ups and downs of their marriage documented on their spin-off show, Married at First Sight: The First Year (produced by Kinetic Content), over the last two years. And though they have faced challenges, they finally found a common ground where having a baby is concerned.

“We certainly worked on the relationship, and I think when you’re in the trenches and you make it out together, you become stronger as a couple,” Hehner said on the Today show Tuesday.

Otis — who is four months pregnant as of Tuesday — jokes that she is wearing the “skinniest, tightest dress” because “you can barely tell there’s a baby in there!”

“It’s like a trick question,” adds Hehner. “She goes, ‘Do I look pregnant?’ I don’t know how to answer that! Do I say yes, or … ?”

The mom-to-be also added that her husband wanted to finish crossing off items on a “pre-baby bucket list” before starting a family, which she told the Today hosts she thought was smart. And after a skydiving trip last season, Hehner finally told Otis he was ready for children.

“In a way, it’ll be just like our marriage: Parents at First Sight,” jokes Hehner to PEOPLE. “We can’t wait to lay eyes on this little miracle of ours!”

Adds Otis, “We couldn’t be happier.”

— Melody Chiu and Jen Juneau

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Anonymous on


Shazam on

Awesome! Congrats!

Fatima on

Congratulations!!! May you have a very healthy pregnancy & 👶 🎉

guest on

This girl is obviously chasing fame being on two reality shows. Barf!! I’m sure a reality show about their baby is next.

Angelika on

I haven’t watched the reality show, so I don’t know about them. Happy for them though.

Anonymous on

What wonderful news. Congratulations Douglas and Jamie.

sophia on

Jamie is a kind irl just chasing for fame.

shebee on

I am beyond surprised they made it but think that it’s great! Doug seemed like a pretty genuine guy with a good heart. Wishing Doug and Jamie a happy and healthy pregnancy.

uncoupledatl on

Yayeeeee! Congrats to them!!

Ossana on

Congrats to Douglas and Jamie on the pending bundle of joy.

moonie on

Wow, awesome news! Congratulations!

Larissa Shirley on

I’ve only followed the people from the first season. I think this is great. Congratulations, on your upcoming bundle of love and joy!! I will be looking for the new book, as well. Thank you for showing people that marriage is work, but it is worth that work.

To put it bluntly on

Glad it worked out for them. Congrats

Brooke on

And somewhere Jamie is lobbying for their own reality show with the baby. I truly believe everything she does is to stay in the spotlight.

Zol on

It looks like they may have their own reality show later.

Kelli on

That is the oddest ultrasound picture I’ve ever seen. Happy for them though.

dancer92136 on

So happy for them. When I first saw the show I never thought this pairing would work, but it does…and I love them together. CONGRATS

Aps on

So happy for them!!!😃

Jena Marie on

It’s funny that people who don’t even know Jamie say that she is chasing fame. I do know Jamie, my mom used to babysit her and her siblings. She’s not after fame, she’s one of the sweetest people you will ever meet.

Congrats to Jamie and Doug! Love you guys!

txn81ve on

Congratulations to Doug and Jamie! This is amazing news and it was jut a matter of time. Looking forward to the next season!

Go you guys! on

Congrats, and so happy for them! Watched their story from their marriage day, hated how she made him sad, knowing she didn’t like him; but enjoyed their journey and his patience, as she fell in love with him. Although I thought he was the emotionally healthier of the two, I couldn’t be happier for them and glad he hung in there!

To Guest: on

She just struck me as one of the few honest men and women who were actually on the shows really looking for love! Believe it or not there’s actually a few! Although I don’t think it’s on reality shows, anything’s possible.

Jacquelynne on

Congratulations Jamie and Doug!
Jamie has come a long way on TV.
We remember her on Ben Flajnick’s season of The Bachelor in 2012. Jamie was also on Bachelor Pad Season 3 as well! Really happy for the two of them. Wishing them a lifetime of happiness with their new baby!

Olivz on

She has been on two reality shows, happy for her though.

Lanny on

They were good on the show, I look forward of their news season of the show.

Miriam on

Congratulations Doug&Jamie
on their baby.
Jamie is famous for going on
THREE television reality shows
but at least she found true love and
is now expecting. Good Luck
to you both!!