From the moment they are placed in your arms on their very first day of life, you have that sense of closeness. It’s not something you can really explain, but somehow, even in their ignorance, you feel their need for safety, to feel you close by. In a small way, it is how they are saying “I love you” before they are every really able to. But as the days roll into months and then years and their vocabulary goes through the roof, that first time they utter those three beautiful words, your heart will melt all over again.
I am not ashamed to say that hearing my daughter tell me, “I love you daddy” brought a very hazy, wet glaze to my eyes. You love them so much, unconditionally, from the very first moments, but to hear the reciprocation, makes you want to love them all the more.