There was a time when he didn't even notice if I was in the room and he certainly didn't understand the concept of 'Mother'. Those days are long gone and I am enjoying every minute of my role, despite the fact that he is unwell at the moment and has spent the last couple of nights two inches from my face, following me around the bed *yawns*
These days when I say 'Love you' to him he says 'uv meeeeee'. This is very cool and he is quite proud of himself. Last night during our 'how much I love you' conversation he cut me off and ran over to Firstborn. He squatted down, went nose to nose with his big brother and said 'uv meeeee'. Firstborn hasn't reached the age of being embarrassed about things like this yet and said 'love you' to HRH and gave him a huge hug.
HRH ran back to me, pointing to Firstborn, saying 'uv meeee' then pointed to his Daddy saying 'uv meeee', sharing the information with me with a huge smile on his face. Yes son, we all love you very much. So he now understands that everyone loves him and that this is important. It really won't be long until he realises that he can say it back to us.