Kids need routines. We have a bed time routine with both girls and two weeks ago Olivia really surprised me. It went a little something like this...
Every night we bath, brush teeth, get in pj's and sit in the glider for our "vocab" sess. Liv was particularly tired Saturday night so I just chatted with her. We pointed out some body parts and counted out loud. Usually at the end of our chat. I kiss one cheek and say "I" -- kiss the other cheek and say "love" -- kiss her mouth and say "you"! I love you!
Well, Saturday she took the lead! I started my usual routine until she interrupted me and grabbed my face in her tiny little hands proclaiming:
"MOM! I ruv you" This was followed by a big ol' smack-a-rooney on the lips.
I busted out laughing because she caught me so off guard.
And let it be known that this is the first time my eldest daughter has told me she loved me.