We've been dating for 9 months. We get along spectacularly but never really talk about "mushy," sentimental, or romantic things... at the most, "I miss you," "You're the best," or "I can't wait to see you"'s are exchanged (we live an hour apart).
I've loved him since we had been together for maybe two months--like truly loved him. But we can both be kind of shy and afraid to make the next move. I know when we first got together, it was really hard for him to initiate anything physical without a little bit to drink first (not because he didn't like me, he was just nervous).
I'm having an equally hard idea trying to tell him "I love you" or even "I'm in love with you" (though I think the former will do just fine, b/c the latter sounds super dramatic, and I think with our great relationship he'll know I mean that I REEEEALLY love him). I'm 18 and he's 20. Yes, I'm young, but I am mature and truly don't fit in with almost anyone my age or younger.
PLEASE HELP! I'm so nervous that, no matter how/when I say it, he just won't receive it well. I'm his first girlfriend and I'm afraid he will be scared to hear "LOVE" for the first time. But I really want him to know. It's been nagging at me for 7 months, and I know the words themselves are not the most important part of love, but we already show it very much, and now I want to tell him... please, please help. Thank you.
OH! And I'm an ENFP.