'Little Couple' Talk Adventures in Parenting
It's been a big year for TLC's "The Little Couple," and the well-deserved good news just keeps coming! Not only did Bill Klein and Dr. Jennifer Arnold reveal that they've adopted a toddler from China — William, whom they recently brought home to their newly built, customized dream house in Houston — but they're also well on their way to bringing home baby number two — a girl, Zoey, from India. Zoey, who has dwarfism, like William, isn't home just yet, but it shouldn't be long now.
Will William come along to India when it's time to pick up his little sister? "Absolutely! That is the plan," said Arnold, when we chatted with the couple about their adoption adventures, parenthood, and how they're navigating this new and exciting chapter.
Are you prepping William to be a big brother?
Klein: Not yet. Right now, we're just trying to prep him to be a 3-year-old boy running around the house without being too ingenuitive. He started climbing yesterday, and it's been an adventure ever since. I feel like I'm living with MacGyver now.
Watch an exclusive clip from this week's episode of William's very first airplane ride:
What made you decide to adopt another baby so soon after bringing home William?
Klein: We both belong to an organization called LPA (Little People of America). We registered with them three or four years ago, and we've been slowly inching up the list as prospective parents. And in Houston [after tough bouts with two miscarriages and torturous months of injections], we started to change focus to adoption almost solely, almost immediately. At that point in time, we were also registered with a website called Rainbow Kids ... who introduced us to Will.
So what happened is that the people we were registered with from LPA wound up giving us a call subsequently to our starting the process with William in China, and our name had come up first on the list. She said, "There's a little girl in India, and she's up for adoption, and it's your turn. Are you interested?" So Jennifer and I had a little bit of time to sit down and discuss it, and we thought, how can we possibly pass up this opportunity? So we jumped in. We've been waiting for both of those opportunities to come up. We just didn't think they'd come up as close to each other as they did.
You've shared how William was abandoned at a hospital before you adopted him. Can you tell us about Zoey's background?
Arnold: We don't have as much information on Zoey. We know that she was dropped off at a women-and-infants shelter by her birth mother and her birth mother's sister. We don't know for sure that she was an unwed mom, but it appears that way. And Zoey was left for reasons we don't know. We don't know if it was because she was a little person. A lot of times you learn a little bit more as you get to the final steps. We believe she was left within the first month of her life.
How has the rest of your family reacted to William and the adoption?
Arnold: They are thrilled to pieces. I think that everybody he meets falls in love with him, and our family is no exception. My parents live here in Houston with us, and they are just wrapped around his little pinky. And all of Bill's family who have since met him are just madly in love. I have this new thing with family and friends: They want a pic of the day, so I have to send them [one]. And I get in trouble when I don't send a pic of the day of Will and what he's up to.