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My Developmental Life Span Timeline

  • Birth

    Birth Weight: 6lbs, 14oz
    Hospital: McKenzie Memorial Hospital, Sandusky, Mi
    Time: 9:13pm Dad wouldn't hold me because he thought he was going to hurt me because I was so small. Prior to my birth, doctors told my mom she was having a boy. My dad wanted to name me Hercules or Sampson if I was a boy, thank God I wasn't. My two grandma's were eagerly waiting outside of the delivery room and were very excited to hear the news. (My mom had 3 boys after me.)
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    The First Two Years: Biosocial: Sleep Habits

    Never slept through the night. I was a night owl. I would take 2 to 3 hour naps during the day. Doctors told my mom it could have been from an allergic reaction I had to soy and the problems I had with iron. This causes stomach problems which prevented me from sleeping.
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    First Two Years: Biosocial: Breastfeeding

    Was not breastfed due to the fact that my mom's family seen this as not normal and "disgusting". My mom was smart enough to realize that breastfeeding is the best choice and breasfed my 3 younger brothers. I was on expensive formula due to my allergic reaction to soy.
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    The First Two Years: Biosocial: Allergic to Soy

    Between the ages of 0 to 2 months my mom said I had a lot of stomach and bowel problems. The doctors figured out I had trouble with iron (it caused me to become "backed up") and was allergic to soy.
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    The First Two Years: Psychosocial: Attachment

    Was very attached to my mom. Everytime she left I would cry and not stop crying until she came back. I lived with my dad, and his two brothers. They were very loud and rough, always throwing me around and messing me with, I eventually got use to this but when I was younger I was a very cautious baby.
  • The First Two Years: Biosocial: Started to Sit Up

    Started to sit up on my own.
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    The First Two Years: Cognitive Development: Loved to Take Baths

    At 6 months old, my mom told my uncle to watch me while she walked down the driveway to get the mail. He lost track of me in those 2 minuts and when my mom got back I was gone. I had ended up crawling up the stairs to the bathtub and was bouncing up and down because I wanted to take a bath.
  • The First Two Years: Biosocial: Started to Crawl

    Started crawling at 6 months. Was also known as the human vaccum cleaner because I would eat everything off of the floor (gross I know). Anything from fuzzies to ants.
  • The First Two Years: Biosocial: Contracted German Measles

    At 9 months old I broke out in hives which my mom thought it was another allergic reaction. Come to find out it was a strand of the German Measles which I had receieved the vaccination two weeks prior to contracted this illness.
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    The First Two Years: Cognitive Development: My First Word

    Between 9 and 10 months I said my first world which was momma.
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    The First Two Years: Cognitive Development: Mistaked Bullets as Candy

    At 1 year and about 6 months my dad found me in the room with his 22 shells in my mouth. The only reason why he knew I didn't swallow one is because they were full packages so he knew exactly how many he was suppose to have. I must of thought they were candy.
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    The First Two Years: Biosocial: My First Steps

    Started walking at 10 months but then I fell and hurt myself and didn't start walking again until I was 14 months. I was a very cautious baby.
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    The First Two Years: Cognitive Development: Speaking Full Sentences

    Was speaking full sentences by the age of 2 years old.
  • Early Childhood: Biosocial: Started to Grow Hair

    At age 2 started to grow white fuzzy hair. Was bald all the way until I was two years old. People would always mistake me as a little boy so my mom made sure to dress me in girl colors (pink or purple) or always put me in dresses.
  • Early Childhood: Biosocial: Started Gymnastics

    Started gymnastics because I was always hanging on the monkey bars on our playground at our house and swinging on our clothes line poles. My mom decided gymnastics was a good idea and it definitely was.
  • Early Childhood: Biosocial: Potty Trained

    Fully potty trained by 2 1/2 years old. I didn't like having to sit in a dirty diaper, I didn't like the feeling. My mom and dad got tired of me ripping my diaper off and running around naked. They started potty training me at 2 years old.
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    Early Childhood: Cognitive Development: Ate Soup

    At about 3 years old I decided the shampoo my mom used to was our hair smelled so good that I could eat it, so I did. I ended up throwing up. I can still remember the taste and how terrible my stomach felt. I was burping up shampoo all night.
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    Early Childhood: Biosocial: Went to Hospital for Stomach Problems

    At 5 years old I went to the hospital for stomach problems. I had a very mean kindergarten teacher that would yell at us if we had to go to the bathroom so I always held it, which caused my stomach problems. I stayed the night at the hospital and came home the next day. It was not a fun experience.
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    Early Childhood: Pyschosocial: Classmate Passed Away

    At 5 years, my kindergarten classmate passed away which not only affected me, but the whole class and the teacher. Us children didn't understand. We found out by our teacher reading us a book about losing our animals and then at the end of the book she told us our friend passed away. It was an emotional year for my teacher and my class.
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    Middle Childhood: Biosocial: Gymnastics Family

    Realized that to be a gymnast, you make many sacrifices practicing over 20 hours a week plus going to school. The only time I was able to hang out with friends from school was at school. My gymnastics team was my family second family. We were all like sisters. It was a great experience and I miss them everyday.
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    Middle Childhood: Biosocial: Gymnastics Star

    At age 7, the owner of my gymnastics facility told my mom I was talked about by every coach. They told her I was going to be the next Olympian. Although that never happed, I had a huge success as a gymnast. It was my passion.
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    Middle Childhood: Biosocial: Started Basketball

    At age 8, my parents realized I was an all around athlete when they put me in basketball. I was very aggressive for my size and very strong. I never came out of the game.
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    Middle Chldhood: Psychosocial: Bullying Years

    Before the start of middle school, I was very nervous to go to a new school. The older kids were a lot bigger and meaner. On the last day of school in elementary the older kids would always attack us with balloons full of urine or with shaving cream. Us elementary kids feared going to school with those same kids who attacked us every year. I had a lot of anxiety about starting middle school due to these incidences.
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    Adolescence: Biosocial: Eating Disorder Accusion

    From the age of 12 to 14 my family that we never seen because they lived so far away would accuse me of having an eating disorder. This would really upset me because I knew I didn't have one. I loved to eat and was very active unlike them. People would always say how skinny I was, but it wasn't my fault, I was a gymnast and hated to sit still.
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    Adolescence: Biosocial: Hit Growth Spurt

    Hit my growth spurt which really affected my gymnastics career.
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    Adolescence: Biosocial: Started Wearing Make-Up

    Started to wear make up at the beginning of my 8th grade year. I didn't wear much, and I wasn not good at putting it on. I mainly stuck to mascara and eye shadow. When I was in 8th grade, the glitter phase was in, where you loaded your eyelids with glitter and thought it made you look beautiful.
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    Adolesence: Cognitive: Decided to Switch Gyms

    My mom and I decided I need to switch gymnastics facilities because my good coaches moved to other gyms. It was a very hard time for me and my family because the gym was 40 minutes away, and it was like say goodbye to my family.
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    Adolescence: Cognitive: Ended Gymastics Career

    Made one of the biggest decisions of my young life, to end my gymnastics career. It was a very hard decision that I still regret. But, it was very hard on my parents and my brothers having to drive me everyday and spend so much money. (Gymnastics was an expensive sport.) The sport of gymnastics taught me many lessions that I will never forget.
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    Adolescence: Psychosocial: Struggled With High School Drama

    Struggled with girls and high school drama. I hated going to a small school where everyone knew everyone's business. I always tried to stay out of it and kept only a few close friends I knew I could trust. Had a very hard time and was very excited to get out of high school and start somewhere new.
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    Adolescence: Biosocial: Started Track

    My freshman year of highschool I ran track for the first time and realized this was my sport. I ended up going to states for track every year.
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    Adolescence: Biosocial: Grew Into Body

    Started to grow into my body began to fill out. I was no longer in the awkward stage. Boys that I found attractive started to like me, and I gained a lot more confidence. I started to realize I was growing out of my "ugly stage" at my homecoming dance my junior year, when one of the very good looking popular guys asked me out. It was one of the turning points in my life.
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    Adolescence: Psychosocial: Homecoming Court

    My senior year I made it onto homecoming court with my best friend. It was a great experience and every girls dream. I felt like I was famous was I was in the parade and standing out on the football field. It was one of the highlights of my senior year. I knew I had many good friends, but I didn't realize I had that many people that liked me.
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    Adolescence: Psychosocial: First Love

    Fell in love for he first time with my first real boyrfriend.
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    Adolescence: Cognitive: College Decision

    Finally made a decision of where I was going to college, Saginaw Valley State University. They had a great track team and was offering a great scholarship. I also fell in love with the campus and the dorm rooms.
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    Adolescence: Cognitive: Moved into College Dorm Room

    My mom, dad, and boyfriend moved me into my dorm room. I was very excited to start college and be on my own but I was also very nervous at the same time. I ended up having a lot of nights of crying and wanting to quit college and come back home. But, my parents made me stick it out and I am so happy they did.
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    Emerging Adulthood: Biosocial: Gained More Muscle Mass

    Gradually gained weight throughout college. When I started college I weighed no more than 105lbs when I ended I weighed 135lbs. As a college athlete you are required to go through a strength program which not only helped me gain weight but also improved my athletic performance and gave me the body I have always wanted.
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    Emerging Adulthood: Biosocial: Struggling With Anxiety

    Began having panic attacks the summer before my sophomore year of college. It progressively got better and I learned to deal with it myself without the use of medicine. My family and friends helped me through it. I also realized that coffee triggered my anxiety and I stopped drinking caffeine, I saw drastic positive changes from this.
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    Emerging Adulthood: Biosocial: A Party Gone Wrong!

    Went to our track Christmas party after a track meet and had little bit to drink. Ended up waking up in a bedroom feeling dizzy and thought I was going to die. Woke up the next morning feeling like crap with my whole wallet missing. Till this day I think I was drugged, but I will never know. After this incident I never take drinks even from people I know and I always drink water and eat before I drink.
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    Emerginging Aduluthood: Psychosocial: Almost Lost My Mom

    Received a call in October that my mom was in the hospital with Thyroid Storm due to her hyperthyroid. She had a 10% chance to live and at one point I was told to go and say goodbye. This experience brought my family a lot closer. I am SO greatful to have my mom in my life still. She is my best friend and I do not know what I would do without her. This was by far one of he hardest points in my life, and I learned so many life lessons from this experience.
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    Emerging Adulthood : Biosocial: Importance of Eating Heathy

    Really started to watch what I was eating. I learned a lot more about the importance of nutrition and athletics and wanted to put it to the test. I realized that eating healthy not only improved my performance but made me feel a lot better and perform better in school as well.
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    Emerging Adulthood: Psychosocial: Found my TRUE LOVE

    Met a boy who changed my life and chose to left my unhealthy relationship for him. Realized much of my anxeity disappeared and I am so happy for things working out the way they did. I am so in love and a very lucky girl.
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    Emerging Adulthood: Biosocial: Healthy Lifestyle

    I have been an athlete my entire life so not being committed to a sport was difficult when I first ended college. But my passion for fitness is huge, and fortunatley I majored in exercise science and make my own workout programs. I work out everyday and I am very happy with my body. I work very hard!
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    Emerging Adulthood: Cognitive: College Graduation

    Graduated with a bachelor's in exercise science from Saginaw Valley State University! All I could think about is, What now? How am I going to may all my loans? Was college worth it?
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    Emergining Adulthood: Psychosoical: Feeling Lonely

    Ryan left for grad school at Grand Valley State University. I was no longer with my college friends and had nothing to look forward too. The only thing I had to think about was finding a job. It was a very depressing time, I felt like I was going no where with my life.
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    Emerging Adulthood: Psychosocial: My First Car!

    Got my first car! Paid for it myself! Went to the car dealership and looked at cars for a couple of weeks. Fell in love with the Malibu 2012 and made the big decision by myself.
  • Emerging Adulthood: Psychosoical: Lost My Cousin

    Lost a cousin who was 25 years old to a drowning incidence. This really hurt our family.
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    Emergining Adulthood: Cognitive: Decided to go Back To Grad School!

    Realized that I wanted to go to occupational therapy school. I have a huge passion for helping people and changing their lives for the better. Decided to start applying to colleges.
  • Emerging Adulthood: Cognitive: Not Accepted To Grad School

    Received an email from Grand Valley State University that I was not accepted into their program. Realize that I need to find a job in the occupational therapy field that will give me a head start and good experience for the career that I want to pursue for the rest of my life. Contuing to take classes for grad school and will apply to more than one next year!
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    Adulthood: Biosocial: Keeping Active

    My goals are to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle in order to live a long life. I plan on working out everyday, weightlifting, and being a part of running competitiions like the tough mudder to keep me healthy and on my toes. I also plan on joining beach volleyball teams along with court volleyball.
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    Adulthood: Psychosocial: Family Closeness

    As long as my family is still alive I plan on living close to them for as long as I possibly can. I believe family is everything and I want my kids to know all of their cousins, grandmas, grandpas, aunts, and uncles. Staying close to family is very important to me.
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    Adulthood:Psychosocial Development: Marriage

    I see myself getting married between the ages of 26 and 28.
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    Adulthood: Cognitive Development: Staying Smart

    I plan on continuing my education by getting my masters in Occupational Therapy and keeping up with the new ways of treatment by going to seminars and clinics to help further my background. I would like to continue this until I retire.
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    Adulthood: Cognitive Development: Graduating With A Masters in Occupational Therapy

    I plan on receiving my masters in Occupational Therapy and starting my career as a travel Occupational Therapist.
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    Adulthood: Bosocial: Giving Birth

    Plan on having kids sometime in between the ages of 28 to 35. I would like to have 2 to 3 children.
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    Adulthood: Psychosocial Development:Retirement

    I would like to retire by the time I am age 50, but if this does not happen I would at least like to retire between the ages of 50 to 55.
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    Psychosocial: Death and Dying: Accepting Death and Mourning

    Everyone dies, this I do know for a fact. I just want to make sure that at this point of my life I am still living everyday to the fullest and taking one day at a time. Focusing on spending time with my family and teaching people what matters most in life family and faith. Materialistic things are what age us much quicker.
  • Psychosocial: Death and Dying

    Most of my loved ones will probably be gone by now. By keepiong other family and friends close and knowing that one day I will see my loved ones again it will help me get through this tough time.
  • Biosocial: Death and Dyiing: Staying Active and Healthy

    I want to still be riding a bike at the age of 105 and look like I am 50 years old. (Lets hope this is possible by then.)
  • Cognitive: Death and Dying: Death

    I think I will pass away around the agoe of 110. If I keep up my health and continue eating healthy and being active I hope to live longer than that. When I die I do not want a funeral, I want a celebration of the life I lived. I want everyone to be happy they had a chance to know me. As of right now I would like to be creamated and poured near a beach by the ocean where my spirit can run free.