My Baby Book

By: McKenzie Ball

McKenzie's Baby Book

This baby book is about the development of a child from prenatal to adulthood, specifically about myself. Development is the changes that occur as a person progresses from conception to death, such as physically, socially, emotionally, and intellectually.
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Prenatal Development: Progress Before Birth

Germinal Stage (first 2 weeks): period of development beginning at conception; rapid cell division, implantation occurs, the placenta and body systems form

Embryonic Stage (2 weeks-2 months): this is the time when the mass of cells become a distinct human being. The head and its features quickly form and the embryo has all of the basic organs

Fetal Stage (2 months-birth): The stage lasts the longest and is marked by amazing change and growth. By the end of the month, all body parts will be formed, fingernails, hair, eyelashes, and toenails form, along with the maturity of the brain.

During my mom's pregnancy, she craved french fries. My parents didn't want to know my gender and went to the hospital with a girl name, McKenzie and a boy name, Garrett. When I was born and brought to my mom from the nursery, she thought they brought her the wrong baby because I had peach fuzz and blue eyes, when both my parents have brown hair and brown eyes.

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The Second Stage of Life: Infancy & Childhood

Grasping/Palmer Reflex: flexion of the fingers caused by stimulation of palm hand. It is present at birth and disappears by 6 months

Rooting Reflex: newborn babies automatically turn their face toward the stimulus and make sucking motions with the mouth when cheeks or lips are touched (this helps with breastfeeding)

Sucking Reflex: when the roof of the baby's mouth is touched, they will automatically begin sucking. It will eventually turn into a conscious effort and not a reflex

Swallowing Reflex: stimulation of the palate

Babinski Reflex: the stimulation of the outside of the sole of the foot, causing extension of the big toe while fanning out the other toe

Moro Relfex: reflex for an infant when they feel startled or like they are falling. The infant will have a startled look on their face and fling both arms out sideways with palms up

As a newborn, I slept with my hands above my head and my fists clenched, which is the grasping/palmer reflex.


Temperment: aspects of an individuals personality; combination of mental, physical, and emotional traits of a person

As a baby, I had a very easy temperment. I always went with the flow and wasn't hard to figure out. At 5 months old, I took my very first plane ride, which I enjoyed very much. Today, I love plane rides and airports.

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Attachment: a strong bond between the primary caregivers and the baby

Imprinting: rapid learning that establishes a long-lasting behavioral resonse to a specific individual or object

I had a strong attachment to my mom because she spent all day with me, but I was very excited to see my dad when he got home from work. I was very attached to my binki and we always had them laying around the house.

When I could stand up in my crib, I would reach onto the shelf next to my crib and pull down a stuffed dalmation. It was a baby shower gift and my mom wanted it to be for decoration only, but every time she put it back on the shelf, I would grab it and sleep with it. My mom eventually gave up and let me keep the stuffed animal, which I named Aggie, after my own dog. This stuffed animal has always been on my bed and I've always slept with it. I still have Aggie today.

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Cognitive Development (( 0-2 years old ))

Sensorimotor Stage: an infant quickly begins to build up direct knowledge of world around them by relating physical actions to perceived results of those actions

In this stage, I learned how to walk. I spent most of my day scooting up and down the stairs. When I got pretty good at walking by myself, I would push my baby dolls around in their stroller.

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Language Development

Telegraphic Speech: infants use only the most important words to express ideas, a simplified speech

My first word was uh-oh. I would always drop thing from my highchair, on purpose, and say uh-oh and laugh about it. I often dropped food down to the dogs.

Physical Development

Sat up at 4 months

First tooth at 4-5 months

First step at 2 years old

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Cognitive Development (( 2-7 years old ))

Preoperational Stage: in this stage, children can mentally represent objects and engage in symbolic play. Their thoughts and communications are typically egocentric

Around the age of 3 or 4 years old, I loved to write. While driving in the car, I always had a pen and paper and was asking my parents how to spell my family members names and the words on the billboards. I read a lot of books and played with my baby dolls.

When I was in kindergarten, I learned how to tie my shoes.

Cognitive Development (( 7-11 years old ))

Concrete operational stage: this marks the beginning of logical or operational thought. Children can now use logical thought or operations

Lev Vygotsky's Theory

Zone of Proximal Development: the range of abilities that a person can perform with assistance, but cannot yet perform independently

Cognitive Development (( 12 and up ))

Formal Operational Stage: gaining the ability to think in an abstract matter, combine and classify items in a more sophisticated way, and have the capacity for higher-order reasoning

Adolescent Egocentrism: teens and tweens belief that others are highly attentive to their behavior and appearance

Between 6th and 9th grade, I always thought that everyone was paying attention to me.

Adolescent "Personal Fable": the belief that he or she is highly special and unique and unlike anyone else who has ever walked the Earth

I always thought I was very unique and cooler than everyone else.

Adolescent "Imaginary Audience": belief that a group of followers exist who constantly watch and judge their every move

Even when I was by myself, I thought people were watching and judging me and I was always making sure I was doing or wearing acceptable things.

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Parenting Styles

Authoritative: want their children to utilize reasoning and work independently, but also have high expectations for their children. When children break the rules, they are disciplined in a fair and consistent manner

Permissive: these parents make relatively few demands upon their children, have low expectations and rarely discipline their children

Authoritarian: these parents have very high expectations of their children and very strict rules they expect to be followed unconditionally. They often utilize punishment rather that discipline

My parents are Authorative, which I believe is the best parenting style. This kind of parenting makes me a motivated person with high expectations of myself and a sense of what is right and wrong.

Personality Development

Identity vs. Role Confusion (ages 13-18): teens feel confused or insecure about themselves and how they fit into society. They seek to establish a sense of self and experiment with different roles, activities, and behavior

Intimacy vs. Isolation (ages 18-30): centers on forming intimate, loving relationships with other people. "Will I be loved or will I be alone?"

These two stages are probably the hardest stages of someones life. This is because we are trying to find out who we are and where we belong. Once we find out about ourselves, who we want to be, and how we want to live our life, we are struggling to find a partner. There is a lot of pressure, especially in my generation, to have a boyfriend/girlfriend, which can put unconscious stress on us. I have struggled with my parents a lot, trying to get the much wanted freedom but having to be sheltered still. I think I have now, for the most part, found who I am and have a good relationship with my parents and other family members.

Generativity vs. Stagnation (Middle adulthood: 40's-50's): adults strive to create or nurture things that will outlast them; often by having children or contributing to positive changes the benefit other people. "making your mark on the world"

Integrity vs. Despair (Old Age: 60's and up): people reflect back on the life they have lived and come away with either a sense of fulfillment from a life well lived or a sense of regret and despair over a life misspent

In these last two stages of life, I hope to be happily married with children of my own and financially stable so I can take my family on vacations and buy ourselves the wants in life. I want my children to be mature and happy adults with a happy life. When I retire, I hope to be able to travel the world with the person I love. I want to be able to look back on my life and have no regrets, leaving my children to make a better world.

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