Me and Little Prince has a lovely day out at a Shopping Centre today :-) It was his turn to spend his Build a Bear vouchers, so we went to the same place I took Princess Lollipop last week. Now he's bigger I let him sit in the front seat, although I did insist that he still used his car seat. Even though this was his idea he got quite freaked out by the high driving position my car has and spent most of the hour long drive clinging to the sides of his seat! We did manage to have a lovely, uninterrupted by little sister, chat about his very early life with birth family. He has a much more mature and in-depth understanding of the reasons he isn't with his birth family and it showed in the comments he made and the questions he asked.
At the Shopping Centre Little Prince got overwhelmed by the noise and sheer number of shoppers and we had to have a sit down on a bench to let him regroup and regain his composure. Then we had a wander round, before visiting the Lego Shop and the Disney Store, he decided he'd like some Lego Technic for his birthday and wanted to buy Disney Infinity for the Wii, but it wasn't in stock. Next he decided he was ready to visit the Build a Bear shop, he chose a brightly multi coloured bear almost immediately. Then we had to queue, for AGES! Despite the crowded shop and the long wait Little Prince waited patiently and I was immensely proud of him.
At the food court Little Prince went for the familiar of a MacLunch, but despite that he was still obviously stressed and couldn't eat very much, he did manage to sit quietly and chat sensibly while I ate, again I was extremely proud.
After lunch Little Prince requested a visit to Game, where we found Disney Infinity at £10 less than at the Disney Store - result :-) Little Prince's was thrilled as he was spending his own Christmas money and also chose a driving game for the PS3. The queue stretched out of the shop and yet again we had to wait for AGES!! But my little superstar was patient and sensible once more, he's grown up so much recently :-) Once we were finished there Little Prince's was shopped out, so we headed off home. He told me he needed to zone out and asked me not to talk to him, again a huge behavioural improvement. And huge emotional growth too, he recognised he needed time to chill out and could calmly ask for this need to be met :-) So very very proud of my maturing Little Prince :-)