During this stage of development, my brain, nervous system, sensory capabilities and motor skills where developing at a rapid pace. My nervous system was working hard establishing billions of new connections between neurons. My mom, dad, and grandparents were constantly talking, cuddling, and singing with me which helped enrich my environment. They also fed me a lot of nutritious meals. I was very healthy with lots of arm and leg rolls. My basic reflex and motor skills were also developing very quickly. This is where I like to believe I got my athletic capabilities from. Finally by the age of 1, I was walking and trying to play with soccer balls.
As a child I was constantly building my schemes by touching and placing everything in my mouth. I remember to this day, getting in trouble by my dad for always touching items at the store. I have always been very curious. I went through the six substages of the sensorimotor stage. For instance, I always had to have my pacifier. It came to a point where I recognized my pacifier and grabbed it when I saw it. I also loved sitting in those walkers that had a variety of rattles and buttons to press. According to my mom, I was 7 months when I spoke my first word: “clock”. My grandma would always watch me when my parents went to work. She constantly spoke and pointed out objects around the house. She was a huge influence in my speech development.
As an infant, I experienced separation anxiety from my mother because we had a secure attachment. I was very reliant on my parents and when they left, I would get flustered and scared. However, when I was with my parents, I was a very happy, calm baby. This makes me think my social smiles and laughs probably occurred before the normal development period. In addition, this also makes me believe I was an “easy baby”. Furthermore, my mom would organize play dates with my cousins who were also the same age as me. To this day, we still have a strong friendship and bond.