I don't remember my parents saying 'I Love You' to me or my three sisters. I know that they love me very much, but it just wasn't something we did as a family. We would only write it on birthday cards or in texts. It makes me a bit sad, because saying it should be natural and comfortable.
Me and my husband say 'I Love You' a lot. Not as much as we used to, when we first met etc, but we still do and it feels natural. As soon as Zachary was born, I just couldn't help myself to say the three beautiful words to him countless times a day. It just slips out, all the time. I can't stop, haha. I say it when he wakes up, when we cuddle, when I just look at him, when we laugh, when he cries, when he goes to sleep.
I just love him sooooo much, that showing it isn't enough. I think it is very important to express your feelings verbally from a young age. It helps a lot with being more open . It makes me happy to know that at the age of 3 Zachary knows the meaning of love and actually says it spontaneously multiple times a day. I say it about a hundred times a day (no joke, I really do!). Some might think it's excessive, some will agree, that you can't say 'I Love You' too many times.
I didn't plan it, I knew I will try to say it as much as I can, but it came naturally when Zac was born and it is something I will continue to do for the rest of my life. I want my son to tell me that he loves me, without feeling ashamed of it. It is something to be proud of.
Oh... Honestly... I am not sure, if it's just me, but sometimes I cry happy tears when Zachary says 'I Love You'. I am far too emotional, but there is nothing wrong with happy tears. I just feel blessed :)
How do you feel about the three magic words? Do you say 'I Love You' a lot?