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:)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

My niece Ava is a bumble bee in her Bitty Bug Ball. The quality is pretty bad...but you get the idea! (Facebook wouldn't upload this video so I posted it here for all her 'fans'!)

Sunday, May 9, 2010

My First Mother's Day and Will's First Indians Game

For Mother's Day we took Will to his first Indians game in Cleveland. It was a bit brisk on the lake but we had fun sitting in the sun, all bundled up, watching the Indians beat the Tigers. It was a great way to spend my first true Mother's Day...holding the baby boy all snuggled under a blanket and sitting next to the other one! It was a good day.
I got the best Mother's Day present too! Ron, I mean Will, got me a Down Syndrome necklace charm. In the picture you can see that the three vertical lines represent the 3 copies of the 21st chromosome and the 47 dots around it represent the total number of chromosomes Mr. Will was given that make him so special. On the back are his initials and his birth date. I love it! Thanks Will, and Ron:)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Will and the Girls

I have some cute pictures of Will and his little girlfriends. He got to flirt this weekend with the Miller girls and even had a sleepover with Miss Jillian! This first picture is of Will and the girls at the Buddy Up walk. Morgan is on the left and Jillian is on the right. He is so lucky to have two beautiful girls to ride with! The next picture he is in his jammies with Jillian. He had enough flirting for one night so he is pushing her away...haha!
Also Will absolutely loves his cousins. He especially lights up for Ava. I think the feeling is mutual. He is her real-live baby doll and he loves all the hugs, kisses and goos he gets from her. He recently started to grab her hair. In the last picture you can tell how much he enjoys it! I can't wait until he discovers mine!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Buddy Up 5K

We had so much fun at the Buddy Up 5K! Will had all his biggest fans there to walk along side him through Franklin Park. It was a wonderful evening with music and bubbles and we met a lot of great new people. Will and his little smiling face may not have known how important it was to be a part of this event and to have so many people there to walk beside us...but mommy did. It made my heart smile:)