It’s been a while since our last post and Charlie has done a whole load of growing up: no longer a little baby (he turned one year old in February) but not technically a toddler either, due to a certain lack of toddling.
However he is meeting his many milestones with a laugh, and is impressing us all with his progress. Now that his core strength has increased, Charlie has learned to sit up really well and he loves being on our backs in the Connecta. I also feel really confident in putting him up there by myself because he is no longer floppy. In fact, because his muscle tone is so good, he seems to feel less heavy when I carry him, rather than a sack of potatoes. Mind you, because he enjoys back carries so much, I do have to put up with him bouncing and kicking me to go faster.
Most of the selfie photos I have taken of Charlie and I, show him laughing and that is genuinely how he is when being carried. I still put him on my front so I can have cuddles from time to time and he loves the close interaction it gives him.
I keep a Connecta carrier in the car at all times now because he still falls asleep on even short car journeys and will only sit in a supermarket trolley if he is wide awake. Often-times I pop him on my back, him still asleep, and do the grocery shopping hands free. The hood ensures his head doesn’t flop backwards.
Charlie’s oldest brother now lives away at university and when he comes home it is time for the boys to catch up. The denim Connecta suits them both really well I think.
At 16 months old now, I am wondering when we shall be needing to move on to a toddler Connecta. Currently, he still fits the standard size ok, and all family members still feel comfortable using that. Individuals with Down Syndrome often have shorter limbs than the general public and Charlie still fits the seat ok, even though he is not particularly small.
I do have my eye on a hot weather version though… The question is, do I need a solar or a linen one? It does get pretty hot here in France!