I Love You

toddler with puckered lips wearing pink floral dress, and pink melissa flats with flowers

It was Wednesday afternoon, we just got home from work and school, my daughter put a couple of Minnie Mouse stickers on my arms. I got her sippy cup and asked her to drink. As she was drinking, she saw the wounds on my right arm. She held my arm and said “kiss”. I lifted my arm closer to her cute little lips and she kissed my wounds, just like what I always do when she gets hurt. I said “Thank you!”; she replied “Abu!” (I love you!).

It was Monday, I felt movement in the bed, I felt a tiny hand against my arm and the softest lips against my cheek. I opened my eyes (and realized it was already morning), I was facing the window and had my back against my daughter,  I turned my head and saw that it was her. She had the widest smile on her face; I smiled. I turned around to face her and said “Good morning!” with a smile then I kissed her; she replied “Morning!” with the sweetest smile. Then she kissed me again and said “Abu!” (I love you!).

On these moments, time stood still.

These are the moments that I’ll cherish for the rest of my life. The ones that make everything worth it – all the sleepless nights, all the restless days, all those times I got peed and/or pooped on, all those times I felt overwhelmed with everything that’s going on, and all those times I thought I wasn’t doing anything right. These are the definitely moments that I am living for.

smiling toddler wearing pink floral dress and pink melissa flats with flowers; with both arms on her waist

I love you. Three words that you get to hear a lot in your life (if you’re lucky). I’ve heard it from my parents, from friends, and of course, from my husband. But there’s nothing more special than hearing it from your child. It gives these 3 words a whole new meaning. It makes you feel like you’ve been doing everything right the first time even though you know you’re not. For a moment, you forget the fact that you’re still learning, every single day, and stumbling as you go. It makes you strive more to be the perfect mom that you can be to even deserve these words, because in the eyes of your child, you are.

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  • Life Breath Present

    Such a warm and touching post! I love hearing Monkey Boy say I love you. I remember when he first said it. After I’d strapped him in the car for us to go do errands, I gave him a kiss and said I love you. He replied in his little toddler boy voice “wuv u”. Now, he says it so clearly and so often. I’m happy to know that maybe I am doing just a little something right because he has learned love and understands and knows it, too! 🙂

    • I definitely agree. For all the mistakes that I’ve done, it makes me feel like FINALLY I am doing something right because the innocent little person that I am in charge of already knows what love is. 🙂

      Thank you!

      • Life Breath Present

        Yes! It’s always nice to see that I actually am teaching something 🙂

  • playdatesparties

    Your little girl is so sweet! Some of those first ‘words’ are the best memories, too. ‘Abu’ is also a term some of our family members use to refer to their great-grandmother (Abuela), so I love seeing that phrase equated with ‘I Love You’!

    • Thank you! I agree; they are the best memories! I’m glad you liked it.

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  • You’re so lucky! I’m so happy for you. You got the sweetest kid ever. 😊

    • Thank you! Yes, she is very sweet! 🙂

  • She is adorable. You are right, you have to cherish these moments, because in a blink of the eye she will be 18 and graduating from high school like my oldest is doing this year. It is the moments that make life worth living.

    • Thank you! I agree; moments like this make everything worth it.

  • deansandrazmm

    What a sweetie! As a mom, I know how precious those words are!

    • Thank you! You’d give everything just to hear those words, right?

  • SO sweet! There is nothing better than hearing I love you from a child!

    • Thank you! Absolutely nothing better.

  • Sam

    It’s so true. Those words from your child make the whole thing worth it:)

    • I couldn’t agree more! Thank you for dropping by.

  • She is the darling of dolls! Beautiful.

  • Your daughter is adorable! You need to enjoy the years while your children are young, because as soon as they become tweens and teens life is just not as fun!

    • Thank you! I couldn’t agree more!

  • Those photos!!!! Adorable. 🙂

  • She is so adorable. It always makes my heart melt when my babies tell me they love me randomly!

    • Thank you! Same here! I just love those moments.

  • I completely agree!! Hearing I love you from my kids is the best part of my day!

    • I couldn’t agree more!

  • Belle, what a beautiful daughter you have. It sure is the greatest privilege in thew orld- being a mom.

    • Thank you! I couldn’t agree more. It gets tough sometimes, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything else in the world.

  • My heart. My heart just melted <3.

    • 🙂 Thank you for dropping by.

  • It is one of the best moments in parenting when your kids start saying love you 🙂

    • I couldn’t agree more. Thank you for stopping by.

  • Annissa

    It is truly is the little things that make parenthood special. My kids are preparing to leave the nest and I can’t tell you how much I miss curling up on the couch with them and reading to them.

    • Awww! They grow up too fast, don’t they?

  • How sweet!!! And such a beautiful little girl <3
    My son is 19 months old, and becoming so incredibly affectionate, it is amazing! He will constantly come in for a hug or a kiss, and I am so excited to hear him tell me "I love you" for the first time. Parenting is so hard, but the pay is priceless. Thanks for sharing! <3

    • Awww! You have a sweet little boy right there. I agree, parenting can be hard at times but things like this make all the challenges so worth it.

  • Your baby real Princesa. I really liked her photo she looks very nice. She really is a color in sundress.

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