So Sebastian is pretty reserved with anyone he doesn't see really often. He tends to keep his distance and stare, even if it's been just a few weeks since seeing someone. Even though his Auntie Laura lives not far away in DC, she's really busy and we don't see her as much as either of us would like. Of course this means that he needs to warm up to her again every time he sees her. But this past weekend, he seems to finally have "remembered" her sooner. It's like he finally decided that she was cool, and that was that.
It probably helped that, at the Farmer's Market, Auntie Laura was the holder of Sebastian's beloved kettle corn! But after we got back to Mummo and Pappa's house was when the REALLY cool thing happened. Sebastian said Laura's name! Or at least HIS version of it. Auntie Laura will hereafter be known as Yu-Yu (pronounced like you-you). He actually did do a pretty good "oh-wah" approximation of her name once, but for some reason only known to Sebastian, he preferred calling her Yu-Yu.
And then the rest of the afternoon it was Yu-Yu this and Yu-Yu that. He and his auntie played piano together, he wanted her to play with us on the bed, he wanted to help/watch her cook, etc. It was adorable. Even the next day, as we were driving by the street to Mummo and Pappa's house, Sebastian was talking about her. He was pointing and kept saying "Mummo! Pappa! Yu-Yu!" "Yu-Yu! Pappa! Mummo! Yu-Yu!" I can't wait until the next time they get to hang out.
I love that he's starting to build these connections. And I love that he's talking more and able to verbalize them. And even more than that, I love how, despite his reservations and shyness, Laura keeps trying and interacting with him and generally being awesome. He's a pretty cool kid with a pretty cool Auntie Yu-Yu.