My Baby Book

By: Ryan Jennings

What it's all about

My baby book is made for the purpose of showing the changes in my life. These changes can be physical, social, emotional, intellectually, and physiologically.


*4 stages of development*

-Prenatal (Egg fertilization to birth)

-Childhood (Infancy to age 11-14)

-Adolescence (Age 11 to 19-24)

-Adulthood (Remainder of existence)

First Stage of Life (Prenatal)

1.)Germinal stage (first 2 weeks)

-Shortly after a woman’s period begins, her body begins preparing for the possibility of pregnancy.

-Approximately 2 weeks into her cycle, a woman releases an egg from one of her ovaries into her adjacent fallopian tube. Conception is now possible for the next 24 hours or so and signifies the beginning of pregnancy.

2.)Embryonic stage (2 weeks - 2 months)

-The cells of the embryo repeatedly divide as the embryo moves through the Fallopian tube into the woman’s uterus or womb. Implantation, the process whereby the embryo embeds itself into the wall of the womb, begins by the end of the third week and is completed during the fourth week of pregnancy.

-The 4-week embryo is less than 1/100th of an inch long.

3.)Fetal stage (2 months - birth)

-By 5 weeks, development of the brain, spinal cord, and heart is well underway.

The heart begins beating at 5 weeks and one day and is visible by ultrasound almost immediately.

-The 6-week embryo measures less than ¼ of an inch long from head to rump

Second Stage of Life (Childhood)

Reflexes are involuntary movements or actions. Some movements are spontaneous, occurring as part of the baby's usual activity. Others are responses to certain actions. Reflexes help identify normal brain and nerve activity. Some reflexes occur only in specific periods of development.

1.) Grasping Reflex-

-Stroking the palm of a baby's hand causes the baby to close his or her fingers in a grasp. The grasp reflex lasts until about 5 to 6 months of age.

2.) Rooting Reflex-

-This reflex begins when the corner of the baby's mouth is stroked or touched. The baby will turn his or her head and open his or her mouth to follow and "root" in the direction of the stroking. This helps the baby find the breast or bottle to begin feeding.

3) Sucking Reflex-

-Rooting helps the baby become ready to suck. When the roof of the baby's mouth is touched, the baby will begin to suck. This reflex does not begin until about the 32nd week of pregnancy and is not fully developed until about 36 weeks.

4.) Swallowing Reflex-

-When the infant feels that their mouth is full they have the impulse to swallow. This is dangerous and a chocking hazard throughout the kids infancy.

5.) Babinski Reflex-

-When the sole of the foot is firmly stroked, the big toe bends back toward the top of the foot and the other toes fan out. This is a normal reflex up to about 2 years of age.

6.) Moro Reflex-

-he Moro reflex is often called a startle reflex because it usually occurs when a baby is startled by a loud sound or movement. In response to the sound, the baby throws back his or her head, extends out the arms and legs, cries, then pulls the arms and legs back in.


Children are born with their natural style of interacting with or reacting to people, places, and things—their temperament. In the late 1950s, temperament research began with the work of Alexander Thomas, Stella Chess, and associates. The New York Longitudinal Study identified nine temperament characteristics or traits. The researchers found that these nine traits were present at birth and continued to influence development in important ways throughout life. By observing a child's responses to everyday situations, the researchers could assess these temperaments.

I believe that I was a difficult baby. This means that i was often fussy, irregular in feeding and sleeping habits, fearful of new people and situations, easily upset by noise and commotion, high strung, and intense in my reactions.


Attachment is a strong bond between the primary caregivers and me as a baby. I believe that i was more attached to my father, but after my parents divorced when I was 4 my mom became the majority caregiver. This made a stronger bond between me and my mother.

imprinting: Is a rapid learning through observation, consequences, and behavior.

I do believe there was a minor amount of imprinting from my mom because i am kind of like her, but i don't like a lot of the things she says/does so there is a limit to what personality traits i accumulated.

Cognitive Development

Cognitive development: Gaining intelligence and advancing the skills of thinking and problem-solving from birth through adolescence.

Sensorimotor Stage: (0-2 years old) What is the baby able to do. Children are able to set goals for themselves and dedicate their time to achieving it.

When i was little i had a tiny blanket that i used all the way until i was 12 and it would only cover up to my knees.

Language Development

My first word was: "Dadda", i first said this word when my dad handed me off to the nanny for the first time. When i was young i would always call my grandmother "podung", i don't know why and neither does my family but i continued to call her this until i was 9 years old.

Telegraphic speech is using 2 word phrases, the ones i would use most frequently were "poop here", "sleep time", and "mommy daddy".

Physical Development

I was able to sit up around 5 months

got my first tooth at 4 months

started to walk at 1 year old

Preoperational Phase (2-7 years old)

This is where the kid learns how to solve basic problems and develop their decision processes

When i was in this stage i would always pick fights with my brother, knowing i was going to lose i would always antagonize him to do something irrational

When i was in this stage i always carried around my baseball glove, every place i went i would have it on me for about 5 years

Concrete Operational Stage

This is where the kid develops imagination and uses their motor skills to play with toys and be creative with their surroundings

When i was in this stage i rode my big wheel off of a steep drop of, breaking my arm and hand. i was recovering from that for quite some time

My favorite toy in this stage was my scooter. I rode that thing to all of my friends houses, no matter how far they were.

Proximal Development

  • Lev Vygotsky's Theory on the Zone of Proximal Development: determined by independent problem solving and the level of potential development as determined through problem solving under adult guidance, or in collaboration with more capable peers
  • My older brother played a very large role in my decision making as a kid, still to this day i go to him for advice on almost anything

Formal Operational Phase

  • This is where the kid is almost fully developed, puberty takes place. The kid is able to use abstract thinking and process information in their acquired way.
  • adolescent egocentrism: belief that others of the same age are attentive to your behavior
  • I always act as though someone is watching because that holds you up to your own standards and those of others
  • adolescent "personal fable": belief that you are the only thing like you and that you are the most interesting thing that ever walked the earth.
  • adolescent imaginary audience: belief that multitudes of people are avidly watching / listening to whatever you are doing

Parenting Styles

  • Authoritarian: strict rules, harsh punishment, and little affection
  • Permissive (Laissez-Faire): parents are responsive to their children but lack rules and discipline for wrong-doings
  • Authoritative: sets limits but reasons with kids; responsive to emotional needs, but firm in set rules and disciplines

I really prefer permissive parents but there still should be punishment for some things

Dad= Permissive


This provides me a mixture of everything

Personality Development

  • identity vs. role confusion (ages 13-18): the child struggles to establish their own identity versus trying to fit in with a pre-established social group that they wish to become a part of
  • intimacy vs. isolation (ages 18-30): The child tries to discern between a life of commitment versus a life to solitude

These could be the hardest hurdles in ones life because they are so common in many kids these days. These could be a problem and make it hard to fit in school. The reason these exist is because of peer pressure and the need to fit in. If you be yourself then the right people will automatically be attracted.


  • generativity vs. stagnation (mid-adulthood: 40s-50s): developing a sense of becoming a part of the "bigger picture"
  • integrity vs. despair (old age: 60s and up): during retirement, we look back on our life and determine whether or not it was a success or time wasted, which allows you to choose whether or not it allows for a sense of integrity or despair

During these stages of my life i don't want to have any regrets. I want to have done exactly what my heart desires and put an impact on the world. I don't want to be a part of the cooperate rat race. I want to be my own boss, traveling the world, seeing places and people never thought imaginable. With small steps now, i will set my goals to achieve whatever i want in my lifetime.