My mom is not often surprised. But when she walked in the door a couple of weeks ago, she figured she was walking into another week of Connor being not all that thrilled to have his life interrupted by new people. Like all good grandparents, she came prepared with a bribe (candy) and then she asked Connor is she could hold him. Connor shocked her when he looked right up at her and said "Yes, you can!" and then proceeded to drag her around and use her as his personal storyteller every day of her recent visit. (He did the same with my dad - and it only cost my dad a few quarters every day!)
Connor is definitely over his stranger rejection phase. Today, he even went and sat on Santa's lap - in stark contrast to his visit last year. He told Santa he would like a present. I believe his wishes will be met.