Little Couple: Adopt Three Year Old Child From China

Jen and Bill Klein on their wedding day.

There are many reality shows, that a viewer can instantly tell that it is scripted. However Little Couple is not one of those shows.

It is a show that tells about the real life struggles and joys of Bill and Jen Arnold, a couple of little people living, in a world of regular size people.

They have tried to have a baby in the conventional way and by having a surrogate deliver their baby. Neither way worked for them, as the surrogate mother lost the baby.

Then they tried adoption and now are parents of three year old Will Arnold. He is not a normal size child, as he is like his parents a little person. His facial expressions will melt your heart, as this one in a photo with his parents:

Jen and Bill Klein with their adopted child from China named Will.

Jen Klein works in Houston, Texas as a neonatologist at Texas Children’s Hospital, while her husband Bill Klein runs a business from his home.

They may both be afflicted with dwarfism, but they don’t seem to let it stop them from accomplishing the goals, that they have set for themselves in life.

Both of them have hopes and dreams like the rest of us. Seems like nothing comes easy for them, from buying a car that has to be fitted with extension pedals so they can reach the pedals and building a house that takes into account their size, by making drawers and door knobs easily accessible for them.

The first Little Couple show aired on the TLC Network on May 26, 2009 and the sixth season recently started, with the focus being on them fighting the red tape to adopt a baby from China.

Before the adoption they had tried having a baby the natural way, but it never worked out for them, so they then tried having a surrogate mother, but that also did not end well, with the mother losing the baby.

They jumped at the chance to adopt a three year old Chinese baby, that also had dwarfism. It is great that they will be parenting this child, because they know exactly what the baby will face in a big people world. They took Will to an amusement park in Japan and Will was not allowed on a ride, because of being too short and his dad Bill told him that it will happen many times in his life.

Will can almost instantly go from a lying position to a standing position, probably because of the dwarfism. What really captures your heart is when you see Will smile in his own special way. I couldn’t find a photo of his special smile to post, but it can be seen on the show.

The next episode will show the family returning from China to Houston, so should be interesting to see how Will adopts to a whole new culture.

Bill and Jen are also in the process of adopting a girl from India named Zoey. Hope we get to see Zoey, before Season 6 ends.

It is good to see great things happen to Bill and Jen, after all the struggles of trying to have a child and then the red tape of adopting a baby from a foreign country.

They both have a great sense of humor, which helps them through even the worst situations.

One thing for sure is that no other couple on reality television is more likeable than Bill and Jen. Shows like this make up for some of the garbage seen on reality television today, that are so obviously scripted to produce drama.


Little Couple: Reality TV As It Should Be

Dr. Jennifer Arnold and Bill Klein the stars of the Little People reality show on TLC at their wedding.

Reality television is a misnomer since so little reality emanates from that genre of television. Most reality shows center around celebrities in rehab, celebrity families like the Kardashians that have more drama in one show than most people have in one lifetime and reality dating shows like The Bachelor and The Bachelorette in which almost nobody winds up getting married.

The TLC reality show Little Couple is a breath of fresh air for reality fans. It may not be a hundred percent real but it is close to it as any other reality show being shown today.

It is a show about Dr. Jennifer Arnold a pediatrician and neonatal specialist at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas and her husband Bill Klein who is chief operating officer of the company Emerge an online sales company.

They are both highly successful in their fields despite being little people in a world with mostly big people. They have the same problems most of us have yet have other problems larger people never encounter such as reaching the top shelves at the supermarket.

For instance Jen has to climb up on a stepstool to see the babies she takes care of.  Bill on the other hand has stayed at home mostly to conduct his business online but does travel from time to time to take care of business matters.

The best feature of the show is that they get along so well and you can see from their actions how much they love each other. If you are looking for a reality show that has a lot of yelling and confrontations this is not the show for you.

Both Bill and Jen are very likable and handle being a little couple well. It is a testament to their willpower and drive to become successful despite facing obstacles that prevent little people from being a success for little people with less resolve than them.

The show is now centered on the couple building their home in Houston which will be made especially for them with features that will make it easier for them to live comfortably like light switches they can reach easily and showers that accomodate little people.

Another concern for them now is that they are hoping to have a surrogate baby in their future since they cannot have a baby on their own due to medical reasons.

Bill and Jen were shown in one show learning how to paint in an art class and went to a fashion show where Jen had the idea of having a dress custom made for her since she has a formal speaking engagement.

The one thing that stands out in the show is that I have never heard Bill or Jen have a harsh word or even have an argument. That goes against the grain for reality shows which thrive on confrontation and anger.

Best of all after watching an episode of Little Couple you will feel better having seen a couple like Bill and Jen who have the odds stacked against them live a normal life as possible in less than ideal conditions.