Wednesday, March 3, 2010

I love yous

I never really have been big on, "I love you." I didn't say it a lot growing up. Didn't really think it meant much anyways. But, now as a mom, it means more. I have recently made two conscious decisions regarding these words. 1) I try to say this often, and not just at the routine times (in parting and at night-night), but also unexpected moments. After a big tantrum. During dinner. Getting into the car. Just because. and 2) my parting words at night are always, "I love you forever." I intentionally choose this phrase. This is my attempt to teach Joseph that, though I may not always be with him, my love will.


jenna said...

That is so sweet, and sad. That reminds me of a book Debbie used to read me; "I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living, my baby you'll be". I have no doubt that Joseph will always know how much he is loved.

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JG said...

I mean to comment yesterday, but couldn't think through the dayquil! I've told you before that I love how you tell Joseph you'll love him forever...I think that's a beautiful concept. I meant to steal it, but so far I've just been trying to tell Sophia "I love you" as much as's harder than I expected! My family wasn't especially affectionate or into saying "I love you" when I was growing up, and at first it felt really weird and I had to make a conscious it's getting easier! Thanks for inspiring me to be more deliberate about communicating my love to Sophia...I love having your mothering example to follow!
PS - There is plenty of time for you to have a girl, and I'm sure the matching will come naturally! Haha