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My Baby Book : A Record of Development

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FC: Meghan Roberts | My Baby Book: A Record of Development

1: My mother said she had a fairly easy pregnancy with me. She said that she did have bad morning sickness with me. It was worse compared to my brothers. Also, with my brothers, she broke out with pregnancy rash a few weeks before she went into labor. However, with me, she broke out with pregnancy rash before she even knew she was pregnant. She said that she had no strange cravings when pregnant with me. The only complication she had was that when she was six months along, she got an intestinal virus that caused early labor contractions and she had to spend the night in the hospital. | When my mother was pregnant with my oldest brother, she saw the movie The Thorn Birds. I was named after the character Meggie. They chose to spell it with the h, because it is the Irish spelling of Megan and we are of Irish descent. The only other name my parents considered for me was the name Erin. However, after having two boys, they decided they wanted a name that was only a female name.

2: Weight 8 pounds 14 ounces Length 20 3/4 inches | How old was I when I...? | Sat up Got my 1st tooth Took my 1st step Was officially potty trained Lost my 1st tooth | 6 months 7 months 11 months 26 months 7 years | 7 months 6 to 9 months 9 to 12 months 30 months 5 to 6 years | Me Average

3: In all of the categories I am fairly close to the average. For the age at which I first sat up and the age I was potty trained I was slightly ahead of the average. When I got my first tooth and took my first step was within the average. When I lost my first tooth was after the average age. I think why I hit theses milestones when I did is based on genetics because my mother said that both of my brothers hit these milestones at about the same age as well.

4: The sexual maturation, beginning the period of adolescence, when a person gains the ability to reproduce. Adolescence does not come at a fixed age. It begins with puberty, which begins at a different time for each person. | Casey and Emma had been best friends since first grade. When they entered fifth grade, Casey began to develop breasts. She was embarrassed of her development and grew to be very self conscious. Casey got her menarche in sixth grade. The girls remained friends as they went through middle school. Casey grew comfortable with her self as girls caught up with her in their development. Emma, however had yet to have her period by the end of eight grade. When high school began, Casey began dating and hanging out with older girls. Emma was still immature and not comfortable being around boys. Casey begins partaking in some risky behavior and her and Emma eventually grow apart, becoming near strangers by the time of graduation. In the long run, Casey will likely continue being a risk taker and pushing the limits where as Emma may continue to be somewhat socially immature.

5: This is a picture of me in 7th grade, around the age of puberty. | The physical signs of aging are obvious. There is the wrinkling of the skin, the cracking of the joints and the decrease in the amount of rebound time from strenuous activities. Mentally, you begin to forget things and most memories become cloudier. Emotionally, you tend to feel others emotions more and care about the well being of others, especially once one becomes a parent. To a certain point, however, I am afraid of growing old; but I think that is a natural feeling. For the most part I am excited about getting older. I am looking forward to the new experiences and adventures life will bring.

6: I said my first word, "Momma", at about 12 months. I said my first word because my mother would repeatedly say it to me and point at herself. This learning through association aligns more with Skinner's behaviorist theory of language development.

7: Two funny words I used to use were YaYa and NoNo. These words were me trying to pronounce my brothers' names, Ryan and Nolan.

8: I did not experience any language barriers during language formation. | My language development progressed normally through the babbling, one word and two word stages. I was a very talkative child, even in the babbling stage when no one understood what I was saying. Around my first birthday, I said my first word. From then on I continued to learn words at a quick pace. Around a year and a half, I started picking up primary grammar rules like where adjectives, verbs and nouns go in relation to one another and I continued to form basic sentences.

9: This is a picture of me from the late childhood years.

11: This cartoon illustrates formal operational thinking because Jeremy deduces that if he is more comfortable sleeping on his floor covered in clothes than he is on his bed, then maybe he is in need of a new mattress. This "if,then" statement is a part of formal operational thinking.

12: The person I was most attached to was my mom because she was a stay at home mom and my dad traveled often for work, so I was around my mom the most. | Imprinting is "the process by which certain animals form attachments during a critical period very early in life. This theory supports my attachment because my mother was who I was around the most during my critical period. | I was most attached to my pacifier and a Beanie Baby kitty. These attachment supports Harlow's contact comfort theory. The contact comfort theory is that the person who comforts and cuddles the most with an infant is who they form the strongest attachment with. For me, this was my mother because she was the one who cuddled with me and comforted me the most. My pacifier and Beanie Baby kitty were two comfort objects that I clung to. The pacifier satisfied the sucking need and the kitty was given to me by my mother and was soft and fuzzy.

14: I would fall into the category of an "easy" baby. I did not fuss very much and easily adapted to new situations. For example, I have a very large extended family. We would always travel to Kentucky for Christmas and summer and I never fussed about being thrown into a unfamiliar environment or being passed from this family member to that one even though I rarely saw them. This temperament reflects me still today. I adapt easily to new environments and situations. I am also a generally happy person.

15: The middle and high school years leave few unscathed. Erikson's fifth stage of personality development includes one of life's most important and daunting questions, "Who am I and where am I going?" Having to come to the realization of who you are as a teenager is hard for almost everyone; thus the teenage years are a time of exploration and questioning. One year you may dress in Polo and hang out with preppy kids, and the next year you may have a rebellious streak and dye your hair black and wear ripped jeans all the time. The teenage years are also a time to question what you believe in. A friend you've grown up with may decide they want to party all the time, but you know what they're doing is not right. You will lose friends, and you will gain ones who believe in the same things you do. All of this is okay and perfectly normal. You need to go through different stages and friends to discover what you are going to become. When you enter college, you enter into the sixth stage of personality development. There will likely still be some soul searching, but for the most part, you know who you are. At this point, people begin long term relationships, some that may lead into marriage. You are mature enough at this point to make the sacrifices and compromises that it takes to sustain a long term relationship.

22: A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on. Carl Sandburg

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