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Old 05-17-2012, 07:35 AM   #11
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My daughter was about 2.5 ish when she started saying it. She was just 3 when she started saying it after she did something that she knew would make me angry. It was a pretty cute manipulation. Now at almost 4, she says it randomly like people do and doesn't use it like a tool anymore.
My DD is 2.5ish - closer to 3 - and she is doing the manipulating part of it now. it is so disarming! Now, if she gets in trouble I say: I love you but...

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Old 05-17-2012, 08:47 AM   #12
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My son is 21 months and he'll always come up to me, give me a kiss and say "I love you".
If I ask him he won't say it, he'll only do it on his own
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:07 AM   #13
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DS2 is speech delayed (more or less on track now, graduated from ST but still semi-delayed) and he says "Ove me" after I say I love you LOL it cracks me up.
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ds was probably about the same age as yours when he first started saying it. but i don't think he really got what it meant. he just got that it made me melt when he said it, so he launched right into the manipulation part of it (i feel he may be advanced in the manipulation department. i don't think i'm proud of it ) and whenever he did something bad, or i was trying to get him to do something he didn't want, he would just start repeating "i love you mommy! i love you!..." over and over trying to distract me. until i was forced to say something like "ok, i love you to. let's stop saying it now" ugh.

he's 2.5 now, and probably in the last couple of months he's started saying it spontaneously, and meaning it. he rarely responds when i say "i love you" to him though, unless prompted. and the manipulation has dropped off....some. is it bad that he says it to the dog multiple times a day but me only occasionally? he knows what it means though. it's always accompanied by hugs and kisses. i think though, even now, words don't have as strong a meaning to him as we as adults put on them. he says it, but it doesn't really encompass the totality of his deep feelings for me and the other important people in his life. i still think he mostly says it because it makes us happy. he shows HIS love by running screaming to greet me at the door when i get home from work, begging for "snuggles" and for me to pick him up and sit with him, or by wanting me to just spend time with him playing. and all those things, he's been doing since way before he could say "i love you"

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I do.. all the time! I can't help it I love him so much.
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We say it several times a day, and the kids will say it usually once a day. They are 25 months and almost 5 years old.
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oh golly, I'd just like to hear my 19month old DD say 'mommy' or atleast give me some sort of name - baba? gaga? something that refers to her mom?? please!

she says plenty of other things.. but will not vocalize anything for her mom.

The idea that she'd be saying 'I love you' in 2 more months seems crazy.
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My DD is 2.5ish - closer to 3 - and she is doing the manipulating part of it now. it is so disarming! Now, if she gets in trouble I say: I love you but...
she does this with 'hi'.

If she's getting in trouble or I have my stern face on, she'll look at me all sweet and say 'hi!' It's very disarming.

I'd give her anything in the world though if she'd just say 'mama'.
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My son is 2.5yrs old and he'll say it spontaneously now. I'm not entirely sure he knows what it means, because he was saying goodbye to the guy working on our basement and he told him he loved him Awkward.....
This cracked me up!!!!
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My 4 year old says it all the time. My 2.5 year old likes to say "I dont love you mommy" because she knows it upsets me. Then she screams "JUST JOKIN!" and runs away laughing.
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