‘Little People, Big World’: Tori Roloff Reflects on Getting ‘Extremely Emotional’ After Learning Her Daughter Had Dwarfism
Tori Roloff is opening up about how she felt when she learned daughter Lilah would be a little person. On the April 7 episode of Little People, Big World, viewers saw her reaction when she and husband Zach Roloff were told during an ultrasound appointment that their child likely had dwarfism. Now, in an Instagram post, she’s sharing more about her emotional response to the news.
Tori Roloff says she got ‘extremely emotional’ when she learned about Lilah’s condition
Tori gave birth to her second child with Zach, a daughter named Lilah, in November 2019. Like the couple’s son Jackson, Lilah has achondroplasia.
The news that their daughter would be a little person wasn’t a huge surprise to Tori and Zach. If one parent has the condition — as Zach does — there’s a 50% chance their child will as well. But Tori still had a hard time hearing the news, since she was worried about her baby and the challenges she might face as a little person. She says her feeling also triggered a sense of guilt because she knew other people faced much bigger challenges.
“On tonight’s episode of LPBW I got extremely emotional about finding out Lilah had dwarfism,” Tori wrote on Instagram. She recalled that she’d just learned that morning that a friend who was pregnant was in danger of losing her baby. (The child was eventually born healthy.)
“So when I went to our doctor appointment and found out Lilah has dwarfism I remember feeling guilty for being worried,” the mom of two explained. “Because at least my daughter was healthy. At least I would get to hold her. I would get to meet her.”
She thanked fans for their support
Though Tori admitted to feeling guilty about being worried about her daughter, she eventually realized that her feelings were valid.
“There are people out there that have way more difficult journeys than I do but that doesn’t discredit my own feelings,” she wrote. “It’s okay to feel whatever you’re going through. It was harder for me to process having a girl but to have a girl with dwarfism is new territory for me. It’s nerve wracking for sure but I can already tell Lilah Ray is one tough girlsie.”
She also thanked fans for their “positive support.”
Tori’s sister-in-law Audrey Roloff and others respond
The response to Tori’s post was overwhelmingly positive.
“I can so relate to these feelings,” commented her sister-in-law Audrey Roloff, who is married to Zach’s brother Jeremy.
Caryn Chandler, her father-in-law Matt Roloff’s girlfriend, simply commented with two heart and two sun emojis.
Many fans praised Tori for being so open about her feelings and honest about her struggles.
“Absolutely okay to feel all those things and it’s very wonderful how transparent you were,” one wrote.
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