I tell Sunny that I love him at least once a day. Each night when I put him to bed the last things I say to him is that I wish him sweet dreams, a good night's sleep and that I love him fiercly. He never responded or reacted to that which always made me a bit sad. Even when I asked him occasionally if he loved me, too, there was never any reaction.
On Sunday night I did what I do every night: tell him how much I love him. And then, when I asked him "do you love me, too?" he suddenly put his arms around my neck, pulled me close and hugged me tightly. My heart skipped a beat and I was the happiest mom on the planet!
Then there was another incident yesterday that made me so happy again. We sat together at the table with his talker. He pressed the button for nice/dear/beloved/darling (there is no appropriate 1:1 translation for the word), then he pulled at my arm in order for me to come close to him. He then hugged me and afterwards he pressed "Mama". Awww, that made my heart melt into a puddle in a instant!
I have yet to experience him to tell me "I love you" in his own words, with his own sweet voice. But for the time being this is more than I ever dreamt of. It makes me so happy that he finally knows how to show and tell me that he loves me, too!
PS: It is funny that I found a post dealing with this just last week from the Love That Max linkup. I wanted to write a response to it since I read it but got distracted and forgot about it.