Jacob Roloff may have distanced himself from his family and its show Little People, Big World, but he has revealed a soft corner for the Roloff family’s latest addition, Jackson Roloff.
Jacob, who is on a cross-country road trip with his girlfriend Isabel Garreton, moved away from his family’s show more than two years ago. After he left, reports of differences with his family and the way he was allegedly mistreated when filming for LPBW surfaced. While he seldom shares images taken with family members, the 20-year-old has made exceptions for baby Jackson. He shared two images of Jackson within days, at a time when the baby’s parents have been guarded in sharing, suggesting he has a special bond with his nephew who lives in Oregon. If his Instagram is any indication, Jacob and his girlfriend’s last pit stop was at the Arches National Park, Utah. Though far away from his family, Jacob seems to have taken the lead in expressing affection for baby Jackson Roloff.
Tori and Zach Roloff’s son was born last month. The couple waited a few days before announcing the birth even as other Roloff family members refrained from sharing pictures or revealing details about the baby. Little People, Big World fans were anxious to know if baby Jackson is a little person like his father or of average height like his mother. Zach had revealed on one of LPBW episodes that his son might have dwarfism, but it was not until last week that they confirmed it.
“I grew up with the name-calling,” Zach Roloff recently told People while recounting his experience of growing up as an LP. “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.”
Zach Roloff’s dwarfism is the most common type, called achondroplasia. It is a condition which can be inherited by a child from a single affected parent, though in most cases affected children are born of averaged-sized parents. In Zach’s case, his mother Amy Roloff has the same type of dwarfism. None of Zach’s siblings, including his twin Jeremy Roloff, has dwarfism though they could be carriers of mutated genes passed down from their father. This is one of the concerns that fans have raised after Jeremy and his wife Audrey announced they would become parents later this year.
In Touch Weekly allayed those concerns earlier, reporting that the Little People, Big World couple’s baby, a girl, is unlikely to be an LP. Though Jeremy carries a genetic mutation of dwarfism, likely passed down by his father Matt Roloff, his child is unlikely to be affected by the condition given that Audrey is not a carrier. Unlike his wife Amy, Matt has a form of dwarfism called diastophic dysplasia, which can be passed on only if both parents hand down mutated genes. A mutated gene passed down by a single parent makes the child a carrier of the gene but does not cause the condition to manifest.
Though the family has been worried about Zach and Tori Roloff’s child being born an LP much before the birth itself, they have said they would do all it takes to ensure baby Jackson has a normal childhood. “The world is changing. People are more open to diversity,” Zach told People. “Whatever he wants to do, we’re going to find a way to help him do it. That’s our job in life now.”
A similar message has also been conveyed by Jackson’s uncle Jacob when the latter shared another image two days ago.
[Featured Image by Amy Roloff/Facebook]