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.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Happy Camper

Will had a busy weekend! It started on Friday with his 6 month well check. Dr. Parsons was happy with Will's progress and kindly answered all my silly new-mom questions. He is 16 pounds and 26 inches. He got his immunizations and had a thyroid screen that came back normal.
Saturday morning Will had his monthly playgroup with some of the kids and families that we have met through our support group. It is great to get together and compare notes on what they are all doing in therapy and how they are all moving along. Will is the 'baby' of the group so he mostly observes but hopes to join in the fun someday soon!
Saturday afternoon we went to the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio's day at the Zoo. It was neat to be there after it closed for the day and have the place all to ourselves! We got to see the new polar bear exhibit with out anyone else around and watched the brown bears wrestle with each other up close and personal. Will might not have enjoyed it nearly as much as Ron and I did:)
Saturday night Will went on his first camping trip. We joined the Brown's on their camping adventure just north of Columbus. I expected to be in the car driving home half way through the night because he wouldn't sleep...but he did very well. He ate his green beans and applesauce by the campfire, drank his bottle while we roasted marshmallows and slept all night in his baby travel bed despite all the noise the bullfrogs were making. I think Will likes the outdoors:)
On Sunday we went to church and had breakfast with Grandma Sandy and Aunt Amelia and then took a long walk in the evening. It was a very busy, very fun weekend. Will, mommy and daddy were pooped by Sunday night:)

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