I Love You – The Sweetest Words

It took a while for Norton to show affection to me.  It’s really only been since Eudora’s birth that Norton has been inclined to show me any affection at all.  Now, though, I get lots of kisses and hugs.  I know that I always make sure that he hears the words “I love you” at least once daily, though it’s probably more than that.

I Love You - The Sweetest Words (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

He may not say it often, but he shows it.

Norton, however, tends to use actions to show how he feels instead of words.  He’ll hit Eudora when he’s angry.  He’ll give her a kiss to show that he’s sorry.  He gives me snuggles (even though they sometimes feel like strangles) to show affection.  Typically, I only hear “I love you” if he’s repeating.  Even then, though, episodes of his saying “I love you” has always been few and far between.

We had a different experience today.  I was sitting down at my laptop doing some photo editing.  Norton just threw his arms around me and said, “I love you, Mom.”  (Okay, it was “I wuv you, Mom.”  But same thing.)  I was so thrilled that I nearly cried.  It was the first time that he’d ever said “I love you” spontaneously.

It was something that I thought that I just might never hear.  Sure, I know Norton loves me.  But hearing it?  That was just magical.  I don’t ever, ever want to forget how special it was to hear him say those words all by himself without any prompting or repeating.  I hope that I hear it again.  Even if I don’t, though, he shows me through his words, and that’s even more important.

Did your child ever say anything to you that just made your heart melt?

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.


  1. Jamie Knupp says:

    aww how sweet! there’s nothing better than those sweet words from your babies’ mouth

  2. Oh my how sweet. I love when my son comes up unexpectedly and says I love you. Melts my heart every time!

  3. Nicole E. says:

    How sweet! My favorite moments are when my son spontaneously tells me I’m the best mom ever (and isn’t asking for something, lol!)

  4. What a precious moment, Suzi! I know that you writing it down will help preserve this memory for a long time 🙂 He sounds like such a sweet lover, a lot lot my younger daughter also. I love physical affection so much from her – but the verbal ones are so amazing since they’re more rare!

  5. I love when my toddler daughter says Mama. So sweet!

  6. I am just filled with joy for you! Thank you for sharing such an intimate moment with us.

  7. Cute! My oldest now says I love you spontaneously but he is 3.5 years old. My 2 year old will occasionally repeat it after me but I am not sure he understands what it means. It’s so sweet when they actually say it though.

  8. Ashleigh Swerdfeger says:

    That is so magical! My toddler just told me, here is my muffin and that’s pretty special 🙂 Right now he is all about giving kisses but that’s because of his age 🙂

  9. awww how cute! I know that must have felt like a million bucks! 🙂
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