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.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Busy Boy!

Will has been a very busy boy and we have a lot to update everyone on! Since I last blogged, Will has been sitting up independently and rolling himself all around the room. He has been to several appointments and a couple of fun parties. Will's calendar is probably busier than most adults:)
Starting with last week, we had another Occupational Therapy session, our regular Physical Therapy session and a follow up appointment at the Audiology Clinic at Children's. The OT started out well but Will fell asleep in the therapist's arms by the end of the session. We mostly worked on different oral exercises to improve mouth posture and prevent tongue protusion, grasping Cheerios, holding a sippy cup and just general sitting in the highchair. All things parents of typical babes take for granted...we have to work extra hard on to achieve. He is really not all that interested in grabbing Cheerios or other small objects or in drinking from anything but the bottle so we have a lot of work ahead of us. I think we need to go see a Feeding Occupational Therapist if we don't make some strides soon, but we will see what Dr. Parsons thinks at Will's 9 month checkup this month. Will's PT went well and he is doing much better with sitting up and rotating to grab toys and with putting more and more weight on his arms. She gave us more new exercises to work on to get Will to play at his sides while sitting up and new ones to get more weight bearing through his arms. His audiology appointment was not as positive. He again has some hearing loss on his left side which can be anything from ear wax to fluid to damage to the eardrum. We will know more after we see the pediatric ENT in September.
Last weekend Will also had a playgroup with his pals that we have meet through our support group. We had so much fun sharing toys and talking about what all of the kiddies are doing developmentally and in each of their therapies. We are lucky to have met these wonderful friends that we have something so unique in common with:) Saturday night we had a party at Aunt Amelia's and it was fun to see good friends and family and share Will with them!

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