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, August 15, 2010

OSU PT Lab Experience

Last week Will participated in an OSU Physical Therapy class lab session. The lab is part of the course work that the Physical Therapy students have to complete and was an hour long session in which Will got tossed around by 4 second year PT students in an effort to learn more about pediatric Physical Therapy. We volunteered our time so that we could get some free PT and viewed it as a good chance to network and possibly learn something new. We brought Will's friend Sam along as well since his mom had to work:(
So the students played with Will, and with Sam, and then tried different exercises with him and discussed which direction they would take his therapy if he was their patient. It was interesting and fun and since I am trying to soak up as much information as possible I figured it couldn't hurt:) (Although it would have hurt if Meredith hadn't agreed to help me get the two boys down there with Ava and Jonas in tow...since I hurt my shoulder last week and OSU's campus is not exactly easy to navigate with a double stroller...thank God for sisters!)
I also think that the more exposure Will has to other people the better...but more importantly the more exposure other people have to Will, the more accepting they will be of him, and all people with Down syndrome and other disabilities:) It was a win, win!

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