On May 3 2022, the Little People, Big World stars Zach and Tori Roloff took to Instagram to announce the arrival of their third child. The couple waited until their baby was born to learn the sex, so not only was it a birth announcement, it was a "gender reveal" as well. Fans of the TLC series were thrilled by the news — however many also had the same follow-up question: Is Tori's new baby a dwarf? Keep reading to learn more about the newest member of the Roloff family.
Tori and Zach Roloff's third child is here, and it's a ...
It's a boy! "Welcome to the world sweet Josiah Luke!" Tori captioned an Instagram post featuring a clip of her snoozing newborn. "You surprised us all by coming early, but also the wait felt like a lifetime! Best birthday present ever!"
The proud mama also shared that baby Josiah was born on April 30, 2022. He weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces, and measured 19.5 inches long.
Meanwhile, Zach shared his own birth announcement via Instagram, writing: "He came about two weeks early but we were ready! Super happy for our family and the kids adore him already. Very proud of Tori as well, she has done incredible! ❤️"
Is Tori Roloff's new baby a dwarf?
During an interview with Us Weekly on May 25, 2022, Tori revealed that Josiah does have dwarfism.
“He’s Josiah. He has achondroplasia, but he’s not, like, Josiah the achondroplasia,” she told the publication. “Just like I’m Tori, I have brown hair. I’m not a brunette — like, that’s not how I would classify myself.”
Both of Zach and Tori's older children, Jackson and Lilah, are little people. They were born with achondroplasia, the same form of dwarfism Zach and his mom, Amy, have. (Matt Roloff, by contrast, has diastrophic dysplasia.)
Tori added: “It’s so normal to us. We have so many resources and there’s a lot of parents out there who don’t have the same resources and … don’t have the same confidence in everything that Zach and I do.”
Zach and Tori knew for a while about their new baby's dwarfism, thanks to imaging during pregnancy that can detect whether the size of the head is larger than average and whether the baby's long bones are shorter than average — which are both indicators of achondroplasia.
Tori also shared via Instagram that like her first two children, Josiah was born via C-section. Unfortunately, the recovery was much more difficult the third time around.
"Everyone kept telling me after the fact how hard C-section No. 3 is ... they're right! I don't remember pain like that," she wrote in an Instagram story on May 8, 2022. "My pain was so bad the first night home we almost called 911. Luckily, I was able to get back on track with medication after that."
We can't wait to see more social media updates and adorable photos of baby Josiah and the rest of Tori and Zach's kids. Hopefully, the LPBW stars continue sharing about their parenting journey for years to come.
Catch new episodes of Season 24 of Little People, Big World Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EST on TLC.