As I was trying to get Bubba asleep, he asked why he weighs 57 pounds now instead of 60 pounds like he did the last time he was at the doctor. I talked to him about good food choices and bad food choices, and what foods will help him grow up big and strong. We went through many foods, classifying them as healthy and unhealthy.
Bubba rolled over and hugged me while softly saying, "Mommy, loving you makes me strong."
and then quizzically
"Mommy? I feel your spine."
I never know where these statements come from... learned, expressive, or otherwise, but those kinds of seemingly spontaneous moments hit me in just the right spot at just the right time.