Entertainment Tonight recently visited Terra Jole andJoe Gnoffo at home to check in on the little couple after the high-risk delivery of their baby girl, Penelope, on March 16. Terra and Joe have been documenting Terra’s pregnancy and her baby’s birth on Lifetime’sLittle Women: Terra’s Little Family. Terra’s pregnancy was considered high risk due to the forms of dwarfism she and Joe have and the series has provided a glimpse into the fears and joys the couple has shared along the way. Facing health concerns like the risk of having a double-dominant child (a condition in which double-dominant dwarfism genes prove fatal for a newborn), the couple were overjoyed to welcome a healthy 6-pound, 2-ounce little girl this spring!
Penelope may face health concerns down the road; still, Terra and Joe hope for the best: “She doesn’t have any part of my dwarfism,” Joe told ET. “It’s all [Terra’s]. I’ve had a bunch of leg surgeries and scoliosis and stuff. We’re hoping that, because she’s just Terra’s type that she’ll be able to avoid that.” Terra added, “We don’t know in the future if she’s going to need leg surgery or back surgery. All of these things are very common with achondroplasia [a form of short-limbed dwarfism], but all we can do is give her the best life that she can have.” Terra is four foot, two inches tall and 90 pounds, which Penelope could grow to be as well.