I do that with kids, too. "Your kids are so cute!" And I just thank the person. I'll claim them when I'm only interacting for a few minutes; everyone at gymnastics and school knows they aren't technically mine.
Though, the other day, the twins' mom sent me a really sweet text about how V and I are so important to their family, and she wants to keep us both close. There's definitely been a change in the past few months, really since I hit the one-year mark. She seems more open and emotional, which she never really has before; we all seem more invested and attached. And I love it.
Twelve days until we go on vacation! Courtesy of my one-year anniversary, the twins' parents are giving us the keys to their house a few hours away, in beautiful mountains, for us to relax in. I can't believe we're going away for four whole days, with no children and no family.
You know, maybe not with the dog, but at least with kids I can take credit for manners and mannerisms, some of the time. That makes me feel better.
(Especially when I hear Lilly in the backseat say "Goodness gracious me!" like I occasionally do.)