One night at bedtime, after aforementioned kisses and hugs, as I was leaving the room, E said "Mommy, wait....I need to tell you a secret!" She did some non-word whispering in my ear, I whispered to her that I loved her and I left the room.
But, you guessed it, this because part of our routine, too. "Mommy, let me tell you a secret!" After many weeks of non-word, non-sense whispering in my ear, E started whispering "Mommy, blueberry something....and I love you..." I asked her what 'blueberry something' means and she told me it is her secret special way of telling me she loves me so much. Augh! My heart melts! I know the day will come when "blueberry something" is long gone....but I will never forget it!