On November 18 2009 at 4:02 am William Alan Bartosch was joyfully welcomed into our family. He weighed in at 7 lbs 9 oz and 20 in long. We were stunned to discover that he was born with Trisomy 21, or Down syndrome. We love him unconditionally from the top of his toe-head to the tips of his toes. We know that this diagnosis will not define him. He is a happy, healthy little boy that just happens to have an extra chromosome.

Follow us on this unexpected and exciting journey as we learn how to live life Will's Way.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Help Me Grow Assessment

Will had his first evaluation with the Help Me Grow Program and it went very well! We were visited by an Occupational Therapist and a Speech Therapist. They were very impressed by how long he could hold up his noggin and also that he turned it both ways. They said he had a really good hold on their fingers and toy rings and were happy at how he responded to lights, sounds and Mommy's voice. He even turned his head around to look when Daddy came in the room. I think maybe he was showing off!
For now he does not need any intervention and therapy but we will continue to work with him on our own doing lots of tummy time and finding many other excercises and activities to stimulate him. He will be reassessed at 6 months to see if he needs therapy at that point but for now it seems he is in line with his peers and doing very well:)

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