The words all parents wait to hear. You can try and get them to say it (or try and bribe them with chocolate, who? me? never!) but the moment it does finally happen, the world just stops for a moment.
What are those you ask? I love you. Today Charlie said I love you Mama for the first time. I told him I loved him and out of no where he said it back. Those simple words just fill my heart with such joy.
During the Easter half term his speech came on so much, we had so many wow moments and the classic 'he's definitely not a baby anymore' (I said sobbing). But these words being said was the last thing I was expecting. We all know they will say it one day but when it happens the moment is just the best.
For me my children were apart of me from the second I found out I was pregnant. The connection is something that I cannot explain. The over whelming feeling of love and protection.
When they say I love you back it's one of those moments that stays with you forever. If it's possible it makes the bond even stronger. I found myself getting him to say it again to make sure it hadn't been a fluke. Every time he said it the biggest smile would come on both of our faces.
Being a Mum is the hardest job in the world, I hope that's common knowledge anyway. But when they say three words that they don't know has the most important meaning imaginable, it makes it all worth while.