Well, Dakin's daddy had been bugging Mommy about getting Dakin's hair cut for some time--he was growing wings. Mommy finally acquiesced and called over a good friend to do it for us (we were afraid to take him to a kiddie cut place where RSV, Asian bird flu, the plague and who knows what else is dwelling on every surface). Mommy was a little teary while it was being done, but he looks great, and so much like a little boy now instead of a baby. He didn't care for it too much, but took it like a man.
Last night we had the amazing opportunity to go to the Santaland lights near Lindale, TX--a huge drive-through Christmas light display. We packed Dakin and all his stuff up and drove about 45 minutes to get there. We were a little nervous that there would be a long wait (which in the car isn't good with "normal" children, much less one on a ventilator) but the line moved steadily and we drove through a beautiful wooded area filled with Christmas lights. On the way in there's music synchronized with moving lights (which was Daddy's favorite part) and Dakin enjoyed that. While in there, Dakin just stared, totally engrossed in the spectacle. It was a truly special activity that we are so glad that we got to share with him.