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.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

4th of July at the Lake

Will had an exciting first 4th of July. Although he slept right through all the fireworks, many of which were exploding right outside the window of the cottage where he was sleeping, he did really enjoy splashing and playing in the lake all weekend. He loved kicking his feet and splashing his hands in the water, which was really theraputic and really cute. It is really hard for me to not see every moment as an opportunity for therapy, but this type of therapy he did not seem to mind and it let me off the hook for the weekend:) He did have some fussy moments since he came down with a bout of Thrush and had to take an antifungal medicine all weekend, but he was a happy guy most of the time. Thrush is an infection in the mouth that infants and older adults get that causes uncomfortable white patches on the tongue and cheeks. I am told it is very common and I am happy that it is already clearing up. He is a little reluctant to eat, although he is always reluctant to eat his veggies, and is holding his tougue out more because I think it feels funny, but most of the patches are gone and he is eating his bottle much better today.
Here Will is lounging in his baby float trying to stay cool:)

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