Little People, Big World star Zach Roloff never thought would get married, much less blessed with a beautiful son. Zach and Tori sat down with People and revealed their unique love story and how Tori changed his life.
Zach Roloff grew up in Hillsboro, Oregon, and never thought he would get married. Growing up a little person, he never imagined someone would want to date him, much less get married and have a family with him. Tori changed his life and gave him everything he ever wanted: a family of his own.
Tori worked on the Roloffs farm and spent the 2010 pumpkin season picking squash with Zach, Matt, Amy, Jeremy, and Jacob. Zach’s parents both have a form of dwarfism. His twin brother, Jeremy, and his two younger siblings are not dwarfs and are average height.
“A coworker told me, ‘Zachary really thinks you’re cute, but doesn’t think you’ll ever go out with him,'” Tori remembered.
Tori did like Roloff and agreed to go out with him.
“Our first date lasted five hours, and we’ve been together ever since.”
Roloff’s wife admitted that she was terrified to begin filming with the family on Little People, Big World, but after a few episodes, she was a pro at it.
“We’re such a unique pairing, and we have a really cool story to share, but it was terrifying,” Tori explained.
“But the show has helped me realize I shouldn’t worry about what other people think.”
In 2015, the happy couple got married. The Roloffs knew they wanted to have children, but they were understandably anxious about the possibility of having a child with dwarfism.
Just a few days ago, Zach and Tori announced that their baby, Jackson Kyle Roloff, has achondroplasia, the same type of dwarfism that Zach and his mother has, reported Radar Online.
“I just pray that he’s caring and thoughtful, like his father,” Tori said. “I just want him to be a good person.”
During her pregnancy with Jackson, Zach worried about the possibility of his son having dwarfism. Roloff admitted that he wasn’t thrilled with the idea, noting that when he was younger, he was made fun of quite often.
However, Roloff added that the world is a different place than it was when he was growing up. People are more accepting and open to people that are different and have some type of disability. He believes that the world will be much more accepting of his son, than the ridicule he faced growing up.
“I grew up with the name-calling. I look at my childhood and being a boy on the farm, it was a little tough because boys are very alpha-doggy and follow the pack. I was always chasing the back and way behind the pack. It was tough. You have to encourage a dwarf child a little more because it will take them five steps to do what others can do in two.But I knew, dwarf or not, I was going to parent my child with the mentality that not everyone gets a trophy. You have to earn it.”
Tori gave Zach the thing he never thought he would have: a family. Little People, Big World fans are thrilled that Roloff has a family now and cannot wait to see baby Jackson on the TLC reality TV show next season.
The Roloffs have not ruled out having more children, but before they can consider expanding their family, they have to attend to Zach’s health. He recently started having headaches and vomiting spells.
His mother, Amy Roloff, believes the reason is related to the shunt in his head possibly not working. For now, his doctor wants him to observe his symptoms and revealed that surgery might be needed to repair it.
Little People, Big World airs Tuesdays on TLC.
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