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.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Will's Day

Will had a great WDSD!  He had a fun day at school and they celebrated the day with playing and cookies!
He went to lunch with Gaga and his cousins and had a fun night of wrestling with daddy.

Will playing with his speech therapist at school.  Silly boy!

Having his snack and cookies with his friends.

Petting the therapy dog that visited his class today.  He was not a huge fan and clung to his family therapist!  She finally convinced him to pet the dog.

I asked him to smile...

Eventually he did!  Will's terms...Will's Way!

Happy World Down Syndrome Day!

Today is World Down Syndrome day because it is 3.21, which represents the 3 copies of the 21st chromosome that Mr. Will has.  He and his extra chromosome are amazing and surprise me everyday! 
Share my blog with someone today or tell them all about Will and Down syndrome.  You can also go to the Will's Way Buddy Walk page today and sign up to walk with Will on September 23, 2012.  Happy Day!

Will chillin in his 3:21 shirt!

3:21 cookies for Will's class!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Big Helper

We got our keys to the house and started getting busy right away!  Here are just a few pictures.  Will has been lots of help so far.  He loves all the tools and paintbrushes.  He has paint all over his face and hands since he got into the paint and he has spackle all over his shirt.  I love that this is how he gets dirty now!

Our house!

Helping daddy screw in cement board.

Who is more tired or has more paint on them...Will or Gaga?!?

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Boxes are Fun!

Boxes aren't just fun at Christmas and birthdays...moving boxes are fun too!  Will is enjoying coloring in the cardboard boxes and also taking things in and out of them.  Will really loves to take toys in and out of boxes and bins.  He loves hiding things too...which makes my life interesting!  He has hidden my keys several times.  So the next time I am supposed to meet you and I am late, that will likely be my excuse!

Closing day is tomorrow and moving days the next couple weekends!  Yipee!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Signing Time

Will's signs are really coming along!  We borrowed a different Baby Signing Times video from Will's buddy at school and he likes this one even better than the one we have.  http://www.babysigningtime.com/
  He is signing more and more everyday and has started signing with the videos.  He is signing now upon request including 'please' and 'thank you'.  We are working on adding more signs but also on stringing 2 signs together.  So far we have mastered 'more, please'. 
Here are some of my favorites:)

He is doing so well in speech therapy too!  He really likes his therapist and signs even better for her than he does for me.  He still really doesn't have any words that he uses other than 'no', afterall he is 2, but he is trying to imitate more sounds for us.  His receptive language continues to be strong as he can pick out most objects on command.  His animal sounds are getting better too.  I will have to get the 'moo' on video because it is funny!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

World Down Syndrome Day Video

I can't wait until World Down Syndrome Day to share this...we made the video!  Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

3.7.12 is Spread the Word to End the Word Day!

Go to the website to take the pledge to stop using the most hurtful word there is.  There are many other words you can use in its place.  I use the word silly a lot:)  Whatever you use, just stop using this word!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

World Down Syndrome Day Tshirt

Will needs this tshirt...don't you think?!?

Getting Bigger

Will had both ophthalmology and endocrinology appointments this past week.  The eye doc said his eyes look great and she does not see glasses in his near future.  Which is great news since it wouldn't surprise me if he did need them because I have had glasses or contacts since I was 5.  He must have got daddy's 20/20 vision!  Endocrinology is always an adventure.  Basically any place that even remotely looks like a place that might hurt is hard on Will.  He screams his head off when they just try to weigh him.  His doctor saw a good increase in both height and weight and we were all happy to see that!  Getting his blood drawn every 3 months is the hardest part though.  They can't ever find his vein and he screams so hard he turns as red as can be!  I have to hold him down and my blood pressure goes through the roof.  Lets just say he and mommy both ususally end up with a Frosty every 3 months after that appointment!

Doesn't he look longer:)

And we have great news...Will is getting a house!  It has a driveway and a backyard and we are so excited !