That's just what Sister bear said to me tonight, out of the blue as I was putting on her jammies and getting her ready for bed. She tipped her head down a bit, looking directly into my eyes as if she was going to take my hand and ask me to dance and said in a tone just lower than her usual, I'll repeat, "I love you.. Sweetheart." (there was a slight pause between the words "I love you" and "Sweetheart".) Then of course, I laughed and she giggled and ran off!
God love this child.