Last weekend, I got a haircut and we spent some time after that visiting with both of our parents. I also scheduled an appointment for Paul.
That appointment got canceled because the owner had to get tested for COVID, which I have since learned seemed to be mostly out of caution, as his wife had been exposed. But of course, before I was aware of the timing, all I could think was, “Great. I’m still leaving the house pretty infrequently, and just my luck, I interacted with someone who might have it.” Fortunately, that’s not really the case, and the cancelation worked out for the better–my friend Emily, who’d cut and dyed my hair up to this point and who I will be going to again in November, needed a guy to practice short haircuts on Monday morning. I’d taken both Friday and Monday off to spend a long weekend in Erie, but we decided to come home Sunday for a couple reasons. Charlie had a pediatrician appointment Monday afternoon, my car needed inspected so we scheduled that for early Monday morning, plus I just kind of wanted a day at home to chill. After a weekend gone, especially now with a baby, that meant things like laundry not getting done, so I wanted to reclaim a little time. Emily posted that she needed someone at 10:15, and I thought, “Hey, we’re home and Paul still needs a haircut,” so I messaged her right around 7 a.m. to see if she still needed someone and sure enough, she did, so he was off to the city for a couple hours while Charlie and I stayed home.
Paul’s sister Julie is trying to start up the tradition of hosting an annual fall party at their place up outside of Erie, especially now with two baby nephews. I get the sense that part of it is because, of course, Thanksgiving and Christmas will be spent with our families, but Halloween is an easy time of year to get us all up there. So we had a nice time with immediate family and close friends. Paul took some time to go to the lake and its beaches with his parents, but it was too cold, I thought, to bother taking Charlie and certainly too cold for my tastes. So we mostly spent the weekend hanging out and enjoying Julie’s hospitality. I could’ve gone for more of their homemade wine, though.
My car passed inspection with no maintenance needed, which was great since Paul’s currently unemployed, his hair looks great, and Charlie’s development is right on track. We noticed that he’s been watching us eat lately and that maybe that’ll make transitioning to solid foods easy, and sure enough, that actually is a sign that a baby is ready to start solid foods. Plus he’s been teething already for a couple of weeks. So now that he just woke up from quite a long nap, he’s getting a diaper change and his first taste of carrots.