In a not-so-shocking turn of events, it would appear that Tori Roloff knows about her son’s health and wellbeing more than random strangers on the Internet.
Incredible stuff, right?! We’ll wait while you collect yourself.
The star of Little People, Big World surprised fans when she shared an update for her son Jackson’s two-month birthday and gushed about his progress and interests (which include having his diaper changed, bathing, and sleeping); but some fans couldn’t focus on anything other than his size after Tori revealed that he’s in the 98th percentile for height — a shocking fact for some to accept considering that he has achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism.
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Our Baby J is two months old today! How?! Baby j is sleeping a consistent 7 hours! 💤 Loves smiling at mom and dad! 🙂 Falls asleep during pool time 🏊 Gets excited when we change his diaper🙌🏼 LOVES bath time. 🛁 Hates being hungry. 🍼 Jackson is 98th percentile for height and weighs over 12 pounds!👌🏼 Keep growin baby J! 💙 #zandtpartyofthree
“Wow! 98 percentile and he’s a little person? That’s pretty cool,” one commenter wrote. Another added, “98th percentile? Meaning he’s basically average size?”
Some were accusatory writing, “I’m sorry but how is he an achon and also in the 98th percentile for height, doesn’t seem to to be right.”
As you may have guessed, there’s a separate weight and height curve for children with achondroplasia — and we’re so thrilled to see that Baby J is growing normally for a child with dwarfism. Because of their small stature, babies with achondroplasia are known to have weak muscle tone and, as a result, often experience delays with motor skills.
While Tori and her husband, Zach, knew that these challenges are likely in their future, they’ve made it abundantly clear that they are ready for any hardships that life may throw Jackson’s way.
“You have to encourage a dwarf child a little more because it will take them five steps to do what othrs can do in two,” Zach explained. “But I knew, dwarf or not, I was going to parent my child with the mentality that not everyone gets a trophy.”
We can’t get enough of Baby J — and luckily for us, they can’t stop sharing pictures of him!