Stuff My 15 Month Old Says: Current Top 7

15 months.

My son is learning to expand his vocabulary beyond “da-da-da-da” and “mehm-mehm-mehm-mehm” to refer to his parents. Today I would like to share his Top 7 favorite new phrases.

1. Bird? Anytime Jack looks out the window or is outside, he wants confirmation that he is either seeing or at least hearing a bird.

Usually he’s right. And if I never find the bird he is referring to, it probably just means that he has sharper eye sight and better hearing than his dad.

2. Uh-oh! The instant he drops a toy or his cup of Cheerios or the remote control he is playing with, he exclaims a very urgent “uh-oh!”

He hasn’t yet figured out that the phrase can be used for any accident. It’s interesting how the number of times he drops things on a daily basis has dramatically increased since he learned the phrase.

3. Bye-bye. Out of all his newly learned phrases, this is the one that he pronounces the clearest. He likes to tell everyone goodbye; even when he’s leaving somewhere with me. Jack hasn’t quite figured out who “bye-bye” applies to yet.

4. Bah-bah. Not to be confused with “bye-bye,” this phrase is actually Jack’s way of mimicking a donkey. One of his favorite books right now is Smack-Dab in the Middle of God’s Love, which contains several pages with a random donkey on it. My wife and I have both separately made the “eeh-awh!” donkey sound when we’ve read him the book.

By the way, the only reason I know that “bah-bah” is supposed to be a donkey noise is by the tone he uses. It’s an honest attempt on his part.

5. More? Thanks to his daycare, Jack has learned the sign language for “more.” He usually says “more?” to ask for more bananas or wheat bread; foods which he is obsessed with. But he has also been known to ask for “more” playtime when he knows it’s time for bed.

6. Peek-a-boo. Traditionally, playing “peek-a-boo” requires both hands, but Jack decided he can make it work with just one. It’s his way of emphasizing the “peek” part more so than the “boo.” Just imagine a 15 month-old little boy pretending to hide from you while looking you straight in the eyes, from behind one hand, and while smiling real big; as if to say, “I’m pretty clever, huh?”

7. Shoes? While Jack doesn’t know a lot of words yet for physical objects, he does know what his shoes are. Of course, it sounds more like “Zeus” when he sees his mom reaching for his new Velcro sneakers:

He was recently able to convince my parents to buy them for him a few weekends ago when they were in town. And how can grandparents resist when their grandson can say “Zeus?”

I mean, “shoes?”

Let’s see what new stuff he will say at 16 months…

Unexpected Bonus!

My friend, Rebecca Thomas, who I went to Liberty University with, recently got her first book published entitled, Finding My Voice:

“When Rebecca Thomas moved from her home on the island of St. Croix to Florida as a young girl, she entered a different world. One year later when her father was contacted to start a ‘black’ church in South Carolina, Rebecca began a struggle with her identity that would last for the next several years and test her courage and loyalty in ways she never could have imagined.”

If you are the first to both A) leave a comment requesting a copy of her book and B) send me your mailing address to, I’ll arrange for Rebecca mail you a complimentary copy.

Congrats to Tamera of South Carolina for winning the book!

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  1. by Tamera Ballard

    On March 1, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    I love your stories! My son is 16 months and it is fun to follow your adventures with your son!

    I would like a copy of your friend’s book!

    thank you and I look forward to your next blog!

    sincerely, Tamera

  2. by Nick Shell

    On March 1, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Thanks Tamera. That’s cool that your son is about the same age. Could you relate to any of the 7 words? :) I just let Rebecca know you were the first- I’m sure she’ll be getting her book out to you soon!

  3. by Todd

    On March 2, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Good blog entry, brings back memories and a smile to my face.