To Remember These Toddler Moments

We're just five days away from Jackson's 18-month birthday and a bit of me is in awe of how quickly this precious time has passed. Just the other week we stepped out to enjoy some below-90 weather, and as I snapped photos of him I realized just a few months ago he was running around the yard in this exact outfit, a completely different tot.

He reaches for my hand each time he approches a step or door. Hand holding is pretty much just him holding one finger, but every now and then he'll intertwine his fingers with yours.

If asked, he'll "hug" the dogs, his toys, pretty much anything. Oh, these days, a hug is essentially a cute little head lean.

Snuggles typically include lots of raspberries, not as in the food, but as in tummy spurts.

Jackson copies every little thing we do. From coughing to my screeching when seeing a bug. Every.Little.Thing. Needless to say mama's working on her language.

Vocabulary is exploding these days. My worries about this side of development has been squashed.

Sign Language. He's starting to learn it! So far, he just knows the sign for "more" but I'm exciting to watch his signing vocabulary grow.

Dogs are still his favorite thing in the world. If out-and-about around town and a dog is spotted, all else stops and he goes running for said dog.

He's actually watching TV. The only real shows that keep his attention are Chuggington and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Hence the reason I jumped when Zulily had a gaggle of Chuggington goodies on sale last week.

If a train is mentioned, Jackson will come running exclaiming "choo choo" while pumping his arm.

I may be raising him to cheer for The Tide, but my mom has taught him the UGA "Sic Em" chant. I mean when the kid's favorite word is "woof" it wasn't too hard.

Essentially everything is described as "hot!" Each time it's said in the cutest Toddler voice ever.

Favorite food is still a cracker. Kid will shove the whole darn thing in his mouth then run for the hills.

If Jackson thinks he's hurt you he proclaims "ow!" and comes to check on you.

He can throw a tantrum like no other kiddo I've ever seen. We're working on this.

He gives kisses out all.the.time. However, do not expect a kiss on demand. You'll be fooling yourself. I try to cherish those slobbery kisses.

As I look to Jackson's 18-month milestone, my heart couldn't be happier to see the amazing little man that God has blessed us with.

*linking up with Cassie for Mommy-Brain Mixer -- be sure to stop by and check out my Fall Bucket List Printable!