Eli's expressions of love are often not verbal. Over the last two years, we have had more hugs that he has initiated, but it does not occur to him to verbally express love often. I am always pleased with a hug or kiss on the cheek at bedtime when I tell him how much I love him and say goodnight. On a very rare occasion, "I love you, too, Mom." Most often the "I love you's" come in the form of notes, which I treasure. This time, around Valentine's Day, he had me come into the living room to show me a surprise. He wrote me a love note out of his building blocks.