"Tori brought me out of my shell and made me more social," Zach Roloff tells PEOPLE of wife Tori

Growing up on his family’s farm in nearby Hillsboro, Oregon, Zach Roloff never thought much about getting married.

Before meeting his wife Tori — with whom he just became a first-time parent — “I’d never really dated before,” the Little People, Big World star says in the current issue of PEOPLE.

Tori had worked on the Roloff’s farm and spent the 2010 pumpkin season picking squash with Zach, his parents Matt and Amy — who both have forms of dwarfism like Zach — his twin brother and two younger siblings, who are each average height.

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“A coworker told me, ‘Zachary really thinks you’re cute, but doesn’t think you’ll ever go out with him,’ ” says Tori.”Our first date lasted five hours, and we’ve been together ever since.”

The couple wed in July 2015. “Tori brought me out of my shell and made me more social,” says Zach. “She gave me confidence.”

Tori, though, was initially intimidated by the pressures of filming LPBW with the Roloffs.


“We’re such a unique pairing, and we have a really cool story to share, but it was terrifying,” she says. “But the show has helped me realize I shouldn’t worry about what other people think.”

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Now Zach and Tori are hoping to instill that in their newborn son, Jackson Kyle, who, like his father, has achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism.

“I just pray that he’s caring and thoughtful, like his father,” says Tori, who is taking a “gap year” to stay home with Jackson before returning to teaching. “I just want him to be a good person.”

Adds Zach: “Whatever he wants to do in life, we’re going to find a way to help him do it. That’s our job in life now.”

Little People, Big World airs Tuesdays (9 p.m. ET) on TLC.