It's getting more difficult to shop these days with Liam. When he was smaller it was great to put him in my Baby Bjorn and carry him in the front. He could work on his head control and I had two arms free to shop. Now that he's bigger, my back doesn't like the load he puts on it and quite frankly I keep forgetting to get it out when I am headed into the store. Normally I just carry him in front of me so he can look around but then my back gets sore and I try putting him on my hip. He doesn't do too bad for a kid with no head control and low trunk tone. He likes to suck on my shoulder and he does a decent job of sitting on my hip. Invariably I will get asked Liam's age or someone will comment on how tired he must be (because his head is down) and I just dance around the questions. The other day this nice little lady came up and started talking to Liam while I was holding him as he faced out from me. She bent down to get in his line of sight and was saying things to him. Liam, not once, looked at her or quit sucking on his hand the entire time. She then said to me that he must be really focused because he didn't pay her any attention. I just nodded and let her walk away. I didn't feel like telling her he couldn't see her.
I had a quick trip into Target and wanted to put Liam in his stroller. He only tolerates the car seat for so long and gets disgruntled if we are shopping and he is stuck in it. So I went to get his stroller from the back of the suburban and lo and behold, it wasn't there. UGH. My back is already sore from my trip into Target two days ago and I wasn't happy to see my stroller missing. I laid Liam in the bottom of the cart for a while and he was happy to stare at the red squares of the cart. But then I hit on this great idea:
I put a bean bag chair in the cart and Liam loved it. He got to sit up high and see around. As we shopped through the store people kept commenting on how cute he looked. Too bad it took up the whole cart and didn't leave any room for stuff!