Little People, Big World fame Tori Roloff, wife of Zack Roloff gave birth to a baby boy but unfortunately, the little kid was diagnosed with dwarfism. Despite how unconditionally they love their son, Tori understands that they will have to face many challenges. Little did she know, the hardships were not going to end anytime soon. Take a peek into their lives and know the family struggles they went through.
A Love Like Any Other
Four years after their courtship, Zack proposed Tori and the two got engaged in 2016. In an interview with People, Tori shared that the idea of getting married to Zack was nerve-racking, but she soon realized that she shouldn’t care about others.
To this Zack added, “Tori brought me out of my shell and made me more social, she gave me confidence. I never thought I would be ready for marriage but that changed after I met Tori.”
Not long after the marriage, the two announced that they were expecting their first child! Even though they were elated with this news, they knew that there are chances that their baby might be born with dwarfism just like Zack his family members.
But this didn’t stop them from being parents. Zack said, “ If our child is born with dwarfism, it not different, he’s just like me.”
A Happy Family of Three
Finally, Tori gave birth to their baby boy, Jackson. But as the two has expected, their child was diagnosed with dwarfism. But this hardly mattered to them as they were happy to have a healthy baby.
When It All Started
It was just four months in the show, Zack asked Tori out and she happily said ‘Yes’. On July 27, 2015, Zack and Tori finally got married. It was evident right after that Tori was more than ready to embrace motherhood. She worked as a kindergarten teacher and hence her fondness for kids was understandable.
They Anticipated The Complication
Although they were expectant of the chances that their child could be born with dwarfism, they were unsure if the kid could get the particular condition that Zack’s is suffering from, achondroplasia.
After the baby was born in May 2017, they came to know that their son is indeed born with the same condition as Zack. Though they decided to not feel bad and just focus on raising their child in the best possible way.
Bringing The Baby Home
The young Roloff couple embraced their son’s disability and did not regard it as a problem or burden. They are showering their young one with all love, care, and support. One month after Jackson’s birth, Tori wrote, “Jackson is one month old today! He is eating and growing like a champ. Loves watching soccer with daddy. Starting to find his voice. Sleeps 5-6 hour stretches at night.”
Not A Smooth Ride
While everything was looking normal and smooth, it wasn’t. After a few months, Tori revealed that there are certain problems. She wrote, “Hands down the hardest thing about being a mom has been breastfeeding. It was something I did not expect. I just figured it would come naturally because it’s what nature intended – I was so wrong.”
Though She Continued To Be Honest
Tori posted her problems with breastfeeding not just once but several times. One of her posts read: “I get asked at all my appointments how [breastfeeding] is going, and I couldn’t imagine how that would make the women who physically can’t feel. I also HATE the stigma of breastfeeding.” Hence, she decided to discontinue it.
Her followers supported her during this phase and some of them shared their own struggles. With this, it was clear that what Tori was going through isn’t unnatural and breastfeeding isn’t for everyone.
It’s A Touchy Subject
Breastfeeding is a dicey subject in our society and it makes the whole thing uncomfortable for women. They have to worry about breastfeeding in a public place, getting judged by people, and a lot of such issues. Tori thought that she was being assessed for her choice to not breastfeed. This gave rise to a heated debate where some people said that such a decision is against the law!
Taking A Stand
For Tori, coming out in open about not breastfeeding was very important to her. She explained: “I still feel awkward in public when I feed my baby. Why should I?” Well, she isn’t the only mother with such a feeling but not all ladies are as confident to admit not breastfeeding her baby. She was quoted saying, “I’m providing for my child Jackson and I have come a long way, and we work well together now, and I’m proud of that.”
Tori Became An Inspiration For Many
Tori received praises for her courage and boldness. One of her followers commented, “Great post!! No one should feel ashamed or guilty or degraded for not being able to breastfeed or for not wanting to breastfeed. It’s personal. You will bond with your baby either way.” Not just common people, some experts too supported Tori as one professional wrote, “I work as a nurse in women’s services. Over the past 10 years that has been a huge push within hospitals to get everyone breastfeeding. The concept is great, but it is not reality. I have said this for a while that we are setting up moms to have a lot more postpartum depression issues.”
Zack and Tori had to face a lot of criticism yet they are considered to be the most loving parents to their son.
Why Do People Love The Roloff’s?
After Little People, Big World aired, fans appreciated the show so much that the makers decided to come up with its second season. Experts also raved about the show for how it brought the issue of dwarfism and presented it to the public.
No viewer thought that the makers were exploiting the Roloff family since the show was full of positive energy. The show did its job pretty well-giving celebrity status to the Roloff family.
Were Zack and Tori Going To Become Parents For The Second Time?
Fans got excited after this rumor spread all over the Internet. Actually, it was after Zack released a video of Tori that people thought they are expecting again! To this, Tori cleared the air saying, “No I’m not pregnant. Yes, I love baggy clothes and food. What if I was a woman who couldn’t get pregnant? What if I was a woman who had body image issues? Asking a woman if she’s pregnant can be extremely damaging.”
How Is Jackson Doing These Days?
A lot of people started to worry about Jackson after a picture of him sitting in a boat sans a life jacket went viral. People went crazy with their comments on the picture stating that this is dangerous for the boy even if the boat wasn’t in water at the time of taking the picture. But Zack and Dori clarified the situation and thanked their fans for the concern.