For legal and safety reasons he is going to remain riding backwards – he has to until he’s BOTH 1 year old and at least 20 lbs. (neither of those has happened just yet). We’ll probably keep him backwards even after he hits both of those milestones because it is safer).
We just installed the car seat this evening, and so far, we are pleased with how smoothly that went. We even put Oliver in it, and that went fairly well too. We haven’t driven him anywhere with it yet, but that will come soon enough, along with a photo or two of that adventure.