Cosette was getting ready to go with Aunt Kristin on some errands today. As Kristin situated her car seat into her car, I felt the need to give Cosette a hug and tell her "Be careful with Aunt Kristin, and always hold her hand in the parking lots!" She agreed to do so. As I walked her to the car, my protective Mommy side kicked in, and I once again reminded her to stay right with Aunt Kristin at all times. She sighed a little and said "You already said that, mom!" Okay. I gave her another hug and kiss goodbye. Then, Grandma came walking up to the car as Cosette was climbing in and said "Be good, Cosette, and make sure you stay right with Aunt Kristin!" Poor Cosette! She sighed a BIG sigh this time and said "I know, Grandma, Mommy already told me that!" Mom chuckled a little, and we stood in the driveway together as our two daughters drove out in the car. "Don't worry, Jaime, Kristin will take good care of her", my mom assured me. I knew she would; there's nobody in the world I trust more with my children than her grandmas and Aunts. Still, I couldn't believe my little girl was big enough to 'run some errands' with my sister....
When they got back (yes, Cosette had stayed right with Aunt Kristin!), she was all bubbly and excited, and talking 100 mph! "Mom, guess what, the lady at the bank was out of lollipops, so Aunt Kristin took me to get cookies, and they're pink and yellow with sprinkles, AND she bought me my very own pack of gum, but I"ll share some too, and then we went to visit Grandma Rosina, and she gave me some fruit salad, and I helped Aunt Kristin pick out hotdogs and marshmallows at the store, and.......so on, and so on, and so on.
I think that may be one of the first 'errand' trips Cosette's ever gone on without Mommy, and it was fun to watch her excitement over it. She absolutely adores her Aunt Kristin, and two hours alone with her, all by herself, was just almost too good to be true!
Needless to say, she was incredibly tired tonight, and was out like a light. As I checked in on her, all snuggled down into her pillow, legs curled up, and curls brushed back from her face, I thought "Yep, she's still my little girl....."