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Gloria was 13 months old when we finally became a forever family. She learned so much so quickly, but was very slow to start talking. When she started to return my hugs or initiate one, I would say "Oh, a hug! A hug!" Then one day, she came up to me with her little arms outstretched, looked right into my eyes and said "hug-a-hug-a." I was thrilled and scooped her up into a big hug.
As Gloria has learned more about numbers, she likes to use them to tell me how much she loves me. Her latest bedtime comment is "I love you a thousand million! That's a lot of love! But you're my momma and I love you a lot." Of course then I tell her I love her even more. Her eyes get wide as she lets out a whispered "WOW!"
I put little notes in her lunch box several times each month. She always gets so excited when she discovers a little envelope peeking out of her lunch box. Now, she has started tucking little notes in my lunch box too. The one I got last week said "I love you so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so much. I can't wait to see you and hug you this afternoon. Love Gloria" It's humbling to be the recipient of so much love...just because I'm Momma!