Friday, May 8, 2015

How I Know He Loves Me

How do you know he loves you? Does he say those three little words?

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He doesn’t use his words, but he tells me he loves me, a hundred times a day, in a hundred different ways. He tells me with his eyes, when he wakes up and I’m the first person he sees. He smiles the faintest of smiles, with his puffy morning-eyed slumber and I know I’m the luckiest person in the world. I sneak in a snuggle and breathe in the smell of life from the top of his head, and I wish I could cancel the world and stay in bed with him all day.

He pulls me over to the swing, and gestures to help me place him on the seat. I push and push and push, until my arms want to fall off, his entire body at peace. I push him on the swing 100 times in a row. And then one more push after I swore I was done. His happiness, his calm, his squeals of delight- is nothing but a big huge, I love you.

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He tells me I love you with his unstoppable strength, when he doesn’t want to work and he is so sick of another session or appointment or therapy. He aches to play outside and be alone. He screams and cries and looks to me to rescue him. I don’t, I tell him, you can do this and I am so proud of you, even though sometimes I really just want to grab him and run away. He tells me that he loves me when he calms down, stops crying and starts to do what is asked of him. His face says, I don’t want to do this today, but I trust that you know what’s right for me momma.

When he falls down and gets hurt, he rushes right over to me, and it makes me feel like I just won a prize. He cries while I hold him, and whisper- it will be okay. He lets me hold him tight while we rock back and forth until his shuddering stops. His arms around my neck, his ability to find his calm in me, tell me without a doubt that he loves me with all his heart.

He tells me that he loves me with the relief in his eyes, when I am able to figure out exactly what he is looking for, or what he wants, or needs- even if he is not able to say the words. I know when he is hungry or sad or frustrated. I know when he is hot or cold or excited, all by just a look. I know he is anxious when he can’t stop humming, ticking and moving and he is covering his ears. I know he is happy when he jumps up and down and flaps his hands and makes high-pitched noises. I’ve intently studied all of his non-verbal cues over the years and sometimes I think I know him better than I would if he could speak.

He tells me that he loves me, when out of the blue, for the first time in months he tenderly grabs either side of my face with his sweet little hands, he places his warm soft forehead against mine and looks so deeply into my eyes that it steals my breath. I know you are in there, baby, I whisper with tears threatening to jump out. I will never give up on you. I love you too.

So no, he doesn’t speak the three little words, "I love you",  but he tells me all the time. He loves me, and I’ve never been so sure of anything in my life.


  1. So, so beautiful and so very true. Happy Mother's Day!

  2. <3 <3 Happy Mother's Day to ALL the mothers!! <3 <3

  3. Happy Mother`s Day, Chrissy! You are such an amazing mom! Your blog is my lifeline and you should know that. Keep on writing. Love, G.

  4. suzanne (Jaxxsmom)May 8, 2015 at 11:12 PM

    This is so true! Thank you for writing this, Happy Mothers Day! From another mom of a non verbal 10 year old:)

  5. Happy Mother's Day to you!....Prayers, Cheryl

  6. Happy Mother's Day Momma! LOVE you!! xo

  7. Maureen from ChicagoMay 11, 2015 at 2:06 PM

    Truth! You are loved!

  8. Lisa from Tennessee currently in TexasMay 14, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    I know I'm late in commenting, but I just had to say this one had me in tears. Good tears. You are a wonderful mama! and a wonderful writer! Happy Mother's Day to you Chrissy!
    I usually read your blog at work, and for some reason, your pictures no longer come through when I'm at work. I think it's because of where you save them. I don't know. I just know it makes me sad. I can't read your words without looking at the pictures, because they bring your words to life. So I don't get to read as often. I got caught up today. And I loved loved loved loved loved this post!

  9. I LOVE this! I was recently told about your blog and I'm so glad I was! My son was recently diagnosed with autism (in April) and I am just now trying to navigate the waters of being a mom with a son with autism. My son is 2.5 and doesn't speak and this blog post just spoke to me and hit close to home. He doesn't tell me in words that he loves me but his hugs and his kisses on the lips and the way he looks at me, tell me he loves me. I just love this.
    I hope you had an amazing Mother's Day!

  10. I found your website from The Mighty and this had me in tears! We just began our Autism journey about 2 months ago when my 16 month old was diagnosed. Thank you for allowing us a glimpse into your life. I hope you know how much you are helping so many others on this journey! Thank you!