ONE of Britain's shortest men has revealed he has become a dad for the first time.
Pantomime actor James Lusted who is just 3ft 7ins climbed a step-ladder to marry his wife Chloe who towers over him at 5ft 8ins.
And two-and-a-half years after their dream wedding, James, 30, and teacher Chloe, 25, have welcomed the birth of daughter Olivia Nevaeh.
James said: "Holding my daughter in my arms is definitely in the top two of the best things I've ever done.
“Marrying Chloe was the other best day of my life.
"There are no words to describe the love we feel for Olivia. We are both overwhelmed by emotion and have never felt love like this before."
He continued: "When Olivia was first born I was just blown away by it all.
“I can't really describe the moment in words. When the nurses placed her in my arms I'd have died for them both that's all I can say. Chloe and I are both utterly smitten."
Olivia – who arrived weighing a healthy 8lb 3oz – was allowed home with mum and dad in Colwyn Bay, North Wales, just 24 hours after being born.
James was born with a type of genetic dwarfism called diastrophic dysplasia but has not handed the condition down to his daughter.
James said: "Olivia is just perfect. The paediatrician discharged her and said she was a perfect little baby and she really is.
"Chloe feeds her and she goes to sleep at midnight and wakes up at 5am. I am guessing she is so relaxed because Chloe and I are so laid back and she senses that.
"Being her dad is the best feeling ever and we are cherishing every single moment."
James says Chloe had a near perfect pregnancy and her only cravings were for anything orange – especially Capri-Sun juice drinks.
Baby Olivia arrived three days late and Chloe's labour lasted around seven hours.
James says: "It was all going well but then Chloe needed an emergency assisted delivery.
“The doctors gave her a spinal block and soon after Olivia was born. She had her first feed within 40 minutes of being born. It was wonderful and amazing."
James – who is also a Tory councillor – is currently rehearsing for a role in the Wizard of Oz with Linda Lusardi where he is playing the wizard.
He adds: "I'm not worried about what the future holds being a dwarf and a dad. Olivia won't know any different and when she asks why her daddy is smaller than others fathers, I will explain to her.
"I want her to grow up knowing it's good to be individual and to be accepting of everyone no matter what their shape or size.
"I can't imagine our lives without Olivia in it – she's my biggest achievement and I will never stop being grateful."
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