Letters to Jackson: 15 months

Dear Jackson,

Today marks your fifteenth month with us.  They have been the quickest fifteen months of my life!  It feels like yesterday I was holding you on my chest at Women & Infant’s Hospital after you were born.  A lot has changed since that December day, you are now a walking, talking toddler with quite the mind of your own.

Your favorite toy is a ball, which is also your favorite word to say. Daddy got you a basketball hoop for Valentine’s Day and you both love to “DUNK IT,” just like the basketball players you & Daddy watch on TV.  You say many words but none of them on command (which I hear is pretty common toddler behavior).  Some of the words you incorporate into your toddler-speak are:

  • Mama
  • Dada
  • BALL
  • dog
  • Rex (your dog)
  • Nana (for banana and your Great Grandma)
  • No (always with a head shake)
  • what
  • balloon (sounds like balll-oo)
  • “what’s that?”
  • hot (and proceeding to blow on the hot food)

You’ve said other words too, but these are your most commonly used. You understand EVERYTHING, it’s amazing how quickly you pick up on things. You sleep from 7pm to 7am, with usually one nap from 12-3. You’re a picky eater, but I’m not surprised because your Gram says Daddy was too! You have a busier schedule than me, with an activity almost every day of the week: book babies, swim class and music class. Music class is still your favorite but swimming is getting easier for you. Your swim instructor, Jill, even bought water books for class so you could read and swim. One of your favorite times of day is when Dad gets home and you sit in your little lounge chair next to him and watch ESPN. You probably weigh 19.5-20 pounds and I’d guess you’re around 30 inches, our little peanut. You also have 7 teeth, although Dad only counts the ones that are fully in so he would say 6.


I get emails from BabyCenter.com with milestone information and I thought it would be interesting to compare your development with their chart: I’ve highlighted in bold skills you’ve “mastered.”

Child’s Age
Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)
15 months Plays with ball
Uses three words regularly
Walks backward
Scribbles with a crayon
Adopts “no” as his favorite word
“Helps” around the house
Puts his fingers to his mouth and says “shhh
16 months Turns the pages of a book
Has temper tantrums when frustrated
Becomes attached to a soft toy or other object
Discovers the joy of climbing
Stacks three blocks
Uses spoon or fork
Learns the correct way to use common objects (e.g., the telephone)
Takes off one piece of clothing by himself
Gets finicky about food
Switches from two naps to one


Your Dad & I think your pretty advanced, but I know that is how parents are supposed to feel. All that matters is we are very proud of you! We can’t wait for all the fun things to come with you.


Love Always,



  1. says

    Aww, what a big boy! Also, Jackson and Ryan look… kind of similar… you won’t notice if I come trade babies, right? I’d die to have that sleep schedule!

    Side note… I love the design for your quote “box” area!

  2. says

    Mr. T’s first and favorite word was ball too!!! I think we are creating a sports nut! Which is not too surprising considering me and Gator Guy. But I love it!!

    I love too your letters to Jackson. What a cute idea. I didn’t do a great job keeping track of everything Mr. T was doing at certain months and now that he is almost 2, its impossible to get everything he is saying!!