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Jack's 18 Months Update

Jack turned 18 months on March 17, the same day we left for our Disney trip. We are currently in the midst of the ‘sponge’ stage, in which he is soaking in absolutely everything around him. There are days when he starts saying words that I didn’t even know he knew, and pointing out objects that he has just recently discovered. A few of his most used words, besides ‘mama’ and dada’ are bubbles, juice and dogs.

Jack's 18 Months Update

Jack is obsessed with being outdoors and the minute you ask if he wants to go outside, he races to the door. His favorite outdoor activities include the previous mentioned bubbles, swinging, going on walks and exploring at the park, kicking the soccer ball, watching birds, picking dandelions, and seeing all the ducks. I am so thankful that the boy still loves stroller walks! We usually go on an hour to an hour and a half walk about three days a week, and I let him out about halfway through to stretch his legs and plays. He then contently climbs back into the stroller and we finish the walk. I have found that since he was a baby, walks have been our prayer answered for consoling fussy babies and weary mamas, and this still rings true today! I know that simply getting us both outside gives us time to breathe and reconnect. I am very hopeful that baby number two loves walks as much as Jack does!

Jack's 18 Months Update

At his well-check appointment, he weighed 28 pounds and was 32 1/2 inches long. He has always been in the fiftieth percentile for height and weight, but this time he jumped into the seventy-fifth percentile for height, weight and head circumference. He is a pretty proportional kid!


He is still a big eater and for the most part, doesn’t make much of a fuss about anything you feed him. Breakfast is still traditionally fruit and oatmeal, eggs, or yogurt, lunch is macaroni and cheese with broccoli, or turkey and cheese or cottage cheese, or leftovers from dinner the night before. His afternoon snack is a green smoothie almost every day, and his dinner is whatever we are having.


Right around turning 18 months old, we shifted Jack to one nap a day (unless he acts like he needs a second). This transition happened pretty naturally as the start of naptime kept moving back from 10 to 11 to noon, etc. Now he usually goes down sometime between noon and one, and wakes up between three and four. Our bedtime routine is similar to how it was at 15 months. We always start the routine with 8 oz. whole milk, followed by teeth brushing, a dry diaper, a change into jammies, story time, prayer, hugs and kisses, then bed.


I have noticed a shift in the past few months from traditional toddler toys to an obsession with sports balls. He has a little basketball hoop that he loves to ‘dunk’ on, and we got him a soccer ball right before Easter. He has been kicking goals ever since! He also got a little plastic golf set and it’s so cute.

Jack's 18 Months Update

He like to carry his club and ball all over the living room. We go to the park a lot when little league games are taking place, or select soccer and he always wants to join in. He thinks he is a ‘big’ kid and never understands why he can’t just run out onto the field! He is also obsessed with reading and we can be known to go through 10-15 books a day. Some of his current favorites include the Llama Llama series, On the Night You Were Born, Nursery Rhymes, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and Baseball ABC.


  • Reading
  • Playing Sports
  • Singing Nursery Rhymes
  • Tubby Time
  • Swinging
  • Walks
  • Eating ‘Cookies’ aka Annie’s Bunnies
  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse


  • Practicing Patience
  • Not Swinging Long Enough
  • Not Being Able to Participate in Soccer and Baseball Games

Jack's 18 Months Update

Jack’s 18 Months Must-Haves

Jack's 18 Months Must-Haves


  1. His diet is better then most adults and he is absolutely adorable. You can see how happy he is and how much love is in your home from his beautiful smile. Good job!!!!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Ha ha so funny! Yes – I try to keep his eats as healthy as I can! Having the green smoothie every afternoon helps my peace of mind because I know that even if he rejects veggies at other mealtimes, he got a ton in for a snack! 🙂

  2. Ahh too cute! I found myself nodding my head to so much as A is so similar. She has recently taken a huge obsession to baby dolls BUT one of her favorite words is hockey and loves watching it and playing it, ha. I also hear ya on walks. Ours haven’t been that far because uhm, the bladder, lol, but they have been like 45 min- 1 hour and she gets out half way through at a park or something! it’s great for both of us!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Same with us! Jack always gets out halfway during our walks so that he can kick his soccer ball, we blow bubbles, or he runs the bases in the baseball field. He also just loves to explore on the path and pick up rocks and leaves!

  3. Haha I love that last pic of Jack – so dapper! He is seriously a doll! I love that he loves sports balls – Adeline has recently taken to loving every ball she can find and runs around the house with them yelling “BAAALLLLL!” So naps – one nap a day is amazing but also makes me so sad that I no longer have two times to get stuff done during the day! Adeline has always taken one nap at school ever since probably this past fall, so I wouldn’t say we really ever transitioned her to one nap, it just kind of happened. Most days when she’s home with me/on the weekends she goes down around 11 or 11:30 and sleeps until close to 2. (But at daycare she naps from like 12:30 – 1:30 MAYBE.) Occasionally when she’s home with me she’ll squeeze in a second mini nap around 4 or 4:30, especially if we’re driving somewhere, she might take a quick little cat nap. I just love Jack’s chubby little legs – I can’t wait to see if baby #2 (SHE!!!!) is as chunky as Jack was 😉
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Ha ha he cracks me up! I always try to style his hair into a side part like Prince George lol!

  4. Our son is about two months younger then Jack (18 months on May 24!) and it sounds like they are almost the same person! Our son is obsessed with anything outside and he kicks and screams when it’s time to come in. Stroller walks have been my saving grace since the newborn days and we do the exact same thing as you, a break to play and maybe eat halfway then he happily climbs back in. I love seeing what other kiddos are up to and he is just too cute!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Yes and yes with the stroller walks! I am praying that baby #2 loves them as much as her big brother. Whenever Jack was fussy as a baby, I would load him up in the stroller and we would go walking and he would instantly seem so much more calm. It was such a wonderful break for both mama and baby to get some fresh air!

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