Another year comes to an end. While 2010 wasn't all bad (how could it be when I got to spend every single day of it with my miracle baby boy?) it was certainly not the easiest year we've had.
The dogs alone kept us busy most of the year: Dexter's behavioral problems, Leo's leg operation, Dexter's eye injury, the scary occasional fighting between the two of them. At least it seems like they're both healing now (though Dexter squints a lot with his recovering eye and earned the nickname "Popeye") and since their training and Dexter's neutering they behave much better. Dexter isn't only less crazy, he's also much more interested in cuddling and hugging.
At the beginning of the year we were quite concerned about Blake's communication skills, but he's now saying a few words and can read around 150 words, even when I use handwriting. Blake has blossomed this year and I look forward to see what 2011 has in store for him, but also dread losing this current version of Blake as he grows out of it.
Christmas is exciting!
There were other issues I won't discuss on this blog for personal reasons, issues which kept me from writing regularly here and there, but I'm glad to say that as 2010 neared its end each one of those issues was addressed with a potential solution, so on all fronts 2010 ends on a note of optimistic hope. It's not happily ever after yet, but there's light at the end of the tunnel. There's also a nest of killer bees and a group of evil ninjas in that tunnel, but I'm sure we'll pass them with minimal damage. I hope!
Best wishes for 2011!
To end the year with style, here's a cute follow up video to show Blake's reading skills. I used a marker so it'll be more visible on video, but he can also read thiner lines made by a regular pen.