What was also wonderful about the whole exchange was that she didn't do what we had practiced all day- she wished Chad a happy birthday in her own way, and I love that about her so much! Not only that she has the spirit to do things in her own special way, but that she has the knowledge and ability to express herself however she chooses. When we are talking and I am asking her a question about something, I never worry that she is just answering what she thinks I want to hear, because she just doesn't do that. She wants us to know what she thinks and feels- her own genuine opinions.
So, since Chad's birthday, Lu has been very generous with her "I love you" messages. About a week later she told my mom and I that she loved us while we were at the table feeding her lunch. Then one day when just Chad was home with her she said:
And then one morning at breakfast she told me she loved me twice within the meal!
Then at supper a few nights ago she said this to me:
Which is great, because I might tend to be a little silly.
So, without asking, with no pressure, Lu has finally started telling us she loves us! With both her book and her Tobii, just whenever she feels like it! It is amazing and I am so grateful that she has the ability to express her love for the people around her.