• First Trimester

    First Trimester
    During the first trimester of pregnancy, which is from week 1 to week 12, women usually find out they are pregnant by the fifth or 6th week. During these twelve weeks, women typically feel mild symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, food cravings, and heartburn. The fetus starts to develop its brain, and spinal cord and the baby's heart will also begin to beat. My mom told me that during this trimester of being pregnant with me, she didn't experience any symptoms until her second trimester.
  • Second Trimester

    Second Trimester
    During the second trimester of pregnancy, which is from week 13 to week 26, women start to experience more severe symptoms such as Braxton Hicks contractions, growing belly and breasts, and skin changes. This is also usually where the mom can start feeling the baby kick and move, the baby starts to well develop facial features and they can hear your voice. My mom said during her second trimester, she developed gestational diabetes and began to have terrible migraines almost daily.
  • 1-12 months of infancy

    1-12 months of infancy
    By around 4 months of infancy, I weighed around 11 pounds and was about 20 inches tall. My parents said that around this stage, they had a lot of trouble getting me a steady sleep schedule. I was very active and very curious about all objects around me. By the later months of this stage, I already started walking and was able to communicate in a way.
  • Third Trimester

    Third Trimester
    During the third trimester of pregnancy, which is from week 27 to birth, women experience symptoms like severe back pain, shortness of breath, and frequent urination. At this point, the baby is getting ready to come out. The baby is continuing to grow in size and weight and starts to position its head down for delivery. My mom said that this was the hardest part of her pregnancy, she had immense back and kidney pain.
  • Birth Through Two Weeks

    Birth Through Two Weeks
    My mom already knew that I was going to be a c-section because she had to have a c-section for my brother. From what she said to me, her c-section was way easier with me than it was with my brother. She actually said that recovery post-surgery was more difficult with me, she had more trouble with walking post-surgery, and overall just a more painful recovery. Apparently, within those two weeks after birth, she had a very hard time breastfeeding me, after those 2 weeks, it was easier.
  • 12-18 months

    12-18 months
    Throughout this time period, I weighed around 17-30 pounds and had a height of 27-35 inches. At this point, I started being reckless and wanted to touch and mess with everything I saw. My parents said that I was pretty easy to deal with after I turned one, but this is when I developed attachment issues for them and I would greatly dislike being babysat or even held by others.
  • 2 years old

    2 years old
    During this age, I started to become more talkative with kids but was still shy. This is usually when kids also get easily frustrated and start having temper tantrums, my parents said that I didn't get temper tantrums until I was around 4 years old. This is also where I became more reckless and started not following my parents' rules.
  • 18- 24 months

    18- 24 months
    During this stage, I was a normal weight and height for this age, which is about 20-32 pounds and 30-37 inches tall. I was normally walking and my parents started potty training me, which according to them, wasn't very hard for me. They said that I was able to communicate very easily as well, the one thing that they said was a struggle for them was that I hated interaction with other kids. It was really difficult for me to play with kids that wasn't my brother.
  • 3 years

    3 years
    By the age of 3, some everyday things kids are able to do is putting on their own shoes, dressing themselves, using the toilet, and sleeping about 10-12 hours at night. Most of their speech is understandable but they usually, stumble over words and can listen and engage in stories, I had a bad problem with stuttering and stumbled over my words a lot.
  • 4 years

    4 years
    At 4 years old, kids start to become more active by jumping, running, can play catch. This was the age when my brother and I started to enjoy being out at the park all the time and were very active at this age. Kids usually start to become bossy and start tattling. My parents said that I was a good kid when talking about following rules and I would get along with most kids.
  • 5 years

    5 years
    At 5 years old, you start to lose your baby teeth, your hand domain is established, and uses a knife and fork well. Kids at this age are pretend playing and usually have a big imagination. They have a basic understanding of right and wrong, and some kids start to become a little rebellious.
  • 6 years

    6 years
    At the age of 6, they start developing a wider vocabulary and have a longer attention span, my mom says that I always had a really short attention span, especially around this age. They start to enjoy hanging out with friends and girls are typical with girls and boys are with boys.
  • 6-8 years old

    6-8 years old
    During the ages 6 through 8, children start to show the development of permanent teeth and a good sense of balance. Socially, they might begin to find criticism and failure challenging to handle. They also show interest in rules, views things as right and wrong, and can start caring and playing with younger children. During these ages, I apparently took criticism and failure very to heart, which caused me to be very sensitive and emotional as a young child.
  • 9-11 years old

    9-11 years old
    During these ages, girls are usually two years ahead of boys in physical maturity. Girls and boys start to grow rapidly around these ages. Socially, interest is increased in sports, better control of anger, and may prefer spending time with friends over parents/family. My brother and I were very different during these ages, I always wanted to be home with my parents, and he always as out with his friends. Also with sports, I was very interested in sports and he wasn't at all.