Of late our son seems to have suddenly developed an increased awareness of his surroundings. In fact I was so happy to see him happily playing with his elder sister in the bedroom today. Unfortunately, there is an obvious negative side to this development - he now has enhanced sensory problems as well.
I took him and his sister to the Tesco Arena today morning and as soon as we got out of the car, he wanted to be hugged. I put him on a shopping trolley and he was fine until we entered the store. As expected there were loads of people doing their Christmas shopping and my son went into shut down mode. He closed his eyes and put his head on the trolley handle and he actually fell asleep on the trolley like that. I guess I should be glad that he didn't throw a tantrum and that was his way of dealing with all the noise and other sensations that we take for normal.