First Trimester 1/2The fifth week of pregnancy, the embryo is made of three layers:
ectoderm- where skin, nervous systems, eyes and ears develop
mesoderm- where the heart and circulatory system develop
endoderm- where the lungs and intestines develop
The sixth week of pregnancy, growth is constant. The brain, heart and spinal cord all begin development, and a heartbeat can be found.
The seventh week of pregnancy, the brain and face develop. Lower limb buds appear, and the arms can be seen in the form of paddles.
First Trimester 2/2Week 8: lower limbs begin to show in the form of paddles. Fingers and ears begin to develop, and eyes are apparent. The nose and upper lip are also formed at this stage.
Week 9: arms grow, elbows appear, toes are visible, and eyelids begin to develop.
Week 10: the head begins to be more rounded, he toes and fingers are no longer webbed.
Week 11: eyelids are fused, buds where future teeth will appear begin to form, the baby's genitals are beginning to form
Week 12: intestines and nails form
Second Trimester-The fetus kicks and moves
- Eyes move towards the front of the face
- The fetus begins to develop reflexes
- The fetus goes through sleep cycles
- Hair begins to grow on the fetus' head
-Eyelids can begin to open, and eyelashes are visible
-Fingerprints are formed
Third Trimester-The CNS is more developed, and can direct breathing and body temperature
- Fetus begins to rapidly gain weight
- Toenails become visible
- The fetus' eyes now respond to light stimulation
- Bones begin to harden
-Skin begins to smooth
- Firm grasp develops
- Baby gains 2/3 of an ounce every day
- Baby suckles, burps and has its first bowel movements
- Begins to focus on parents' faces
- Sleeps for 16-18 hours a day
- First big growth spurt occurs
- Baby cries when uncomfortable (whether from loud noises, or being hungry)
- Baby can lift head slightly for a moment's time
- Baby can become startled
Infancy Milestone EmotionalAt three months, I was smiling and giggling.
This is an example of an emotional milestone, as I was learning how to mimic certain expressions, and use them myself.
Infancy Milestone PhysicalOn this day in April, I rolled from my back to my front.
This is an example of a physical developmental milestone, as it showed how much strength I was gaining.
Infancy Milestone SocialMy way of expressing emotions was to cry and say few words.
This is an example of social development as I was learning how to express my emotions to get the help or attention I needed or wanted, and I had no real other way to talk to people.
Infancy Milestone CognitiveI was very curious about things. I got myself into a lot of trouble by pulling books off of shelves, or trying to crawl into the dishwasher.
Toddler Milestone PhysicalI loved getting to play on the playground at this age, I especially loved the swing set, and getting pushed by other people.
This is an example of physical development as I was learning how to navigate and climb playground equipment.
Toddler Milestone SocialI was very good at playing with other kids at this age. One of my cousins is only a few months younger than I am, so when we were able to play together, I was able to share and teach him some things I knew. I also loved to play with my older cousins in Maryland.
This is an example of social development as I was learning how to play along with other kids and teens, and teach them what I knew.
Toddler Milestone CreativeAt two years old, I enjoyed playing dress up and getting to put on jewelry as well as “makeup” which was just chapstick.
This is an example of creative development, as it shows that I was able to use my imagination to create fun stories for myself to play.
Toddler Milestone CognitiveAt around 2 and 1/2 years of age, I was reciting songs and rhymes I had heard. One example is that I knew all of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and loved to sing it at Diamondback games.
This is an example of cognitive development, as memorisation shows progress in that area.
Early Childhood Milestone CreativeI loved getting to be creative when I was three. Whether it was dying Easter eggs, playing dress up, or making play dough, I loved it.
This is an example of creative development as all of these things require me to use my imagination and use my hands to make something
Early Childhood Milestone PhysicalI loved swimming as a kid, my mom had me in swim lessons as a baby and my love for being in the water grew as I grew up.
This is an example of physical development as swimming requires a lot of physical ability and coordination
Early Childhood Milestone SocialAs a young child, I loved getting to play with and interact with my older brother. He taught me a lot, and I loved to follow his lead.
This is an example of social development as I was learning how to interact and copy the behaviours of those around me.
Early Childhood Milestone CognitiveAs a young child, I loved being in dance Getting to dress up and perform on stage was something I enjoyed getting to do very much.
This is an example of cognitive and physical development, as dance requires motor skills, as well as the ability to memorise and perform certain steps.
Middle Childhood Milestone PhysicalWhen I was in elementary school, my mom used to take my brother and I to Sedona every fall. We would spend time going hiking and exploring the area. It was one of my favorite things to do while I was growing up. This helped me develop my physical domain as we would make it a habit to go hiking, which requires physical exercise and ability.
Middle Childhood Milestone LanguageMy fourth grade year, we were allowed to choose a specialised music lesson that we wanted to learn. We had the options of band, orchestra, or choir. I picked choir, as I had always loved to sing. This began a long journey of being in choirs, learning how to read music and understanding solfege. This was an example of my language development as being in a choir required me to not only be able to read music and the lyrics that were on the page, but recite them as well.
Middle Childhood Milestone CognitiveWhen I was in fourth grade, I was entered into my school's geography bee. The geography bee was a contest that they held, similar to that of a spelling bee, however instead of spelling, we were asked questions about geography. It was a competition where each class sent two kids, and out of everyone sent, I was fourth place. This is an example of cognitive development as it shows how I was able to memorize and recite information.
(Picture: http://geog.ufl.edu/tag/geography-bee/ )
Middle Childhood Milestone Social-Emotional2011 was the year I started middle school. This was a big transition for me, as some of my closest friends did not end up going to the same middle school that I did. I had to adjust quickly and learn how to make new friends, which was hard for me because I am a pretty shy person and I get intimidated easily. This shows social-emotional development as I had to learn how to get past my fears and make new friends and build new connections.