After Felix had finished giving Daddy lots of kisses, Nathan gave me a kiss. Felix thought it was so funny; he started giggling then he pushed Nathan's head towards me so he would give me another kiss and then laughed some more. It's so great to see Felix gaining more awareness of emotions and how certain behaviours affect those around him. He seems to know when people need a cuddle or need a laugh. I've heard a lot of people say they think people with Down Syndrome are more in tune to how others are feeling than the rest of us. I thought initially that it was just another stereotype, but I'm beginning to think there might be some truth in it.
|Our biggest son and our littlest son !|
This afternoon our eldest son, Daniel (22), dropped in to pick up his dog which we had been looking after for a couple of weeks (that would be 5 dogs in the backyard!). He, and Joel (17), sat on the floor and played with Felix for a while. He loves climbing all over his big brothers, so having two of them on the floor at the same time was pretty special! We were talking about when we thought Felix would be walking, so one of the boys stood Felix up and held him until he was stable, then let go so he was standing alone. The other one then held out his arms to Felix and asked him to walk to him. It was fantastic to see Felix take a couple of steps between them a few times. He definitely knows how to do it, he just needs the confidence now. I'm not quite sure how I'll feel about him walking. I'm still enjoying the baby stage but he's growing up so fast.
|Standing in the middle of his big brothers.|