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 9, 2011

Fourth Fun

Will had a fun 4th of July at the lake!  He played in his pool, went on the boat and splashed just a little bit in the lake:)  He made Gaga, Papa and Uncle Ricky laugh all weekend long with his new and improved fake laugh.  He gets it going for so long he can't catch his breath!  I am trying to get it on video:)

Will likes to hear his own voice and yells into the bucket at himself:)

Hey where did that guy in the bucket go?

Took a nap with Daddy and splashed with Mommy.

Fun weekend at the lake!

Otherwise Will has been doing well.  He finally passed a hearing test!  We are all very excited about this since at least for now it means no hearing aids.  I have never doubted that Will hears us because he almost always responds when you call his name, unless you are telling him 'no' and that is his selective hearing at work:)  But despite that gut feeling of mine, the little guy just could not pass a hearing test at certain frequencies before or after the ear tubes:(  Well he passed this time at all frequencies and did great in the sound booth!  The doctors, nurses and audiologist were all very happy too!
Will also recently learned where his belly is:)  He has had his head down pat for months but whenever we asked where his belly was he would just look at us.  He found it!  This is a little thing to most that feels like a huge accomplishment for us:)
Will figured out how to get down steps as well.  We have been practicing this task for close to 4 months now and after several falls and many tears, Will finally figured out how to go down backwards and is quite speedy at it now!  I just keep saying...Will's Way!!!
And last but not least, the Buddy Walk is coming up!  Sign up to walk with Will on 9.18.11!  If you can't make it to the walk you can also donate to Will's team to help us reach our goal of $2100 and support the organization that has helped us tremendously the past 18 months!  Thanks so much to all of you that love Will and support us in so many ways!

http://www.columbusbuddywalk.org/    Search the profiles for Team Will's Way to register or donate!

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