Stages - First Two Years of Life

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The mental and physical changes in the first two years of a child’s life are incredible and set the tone for future development. A child grows from a tiny little baby with crying as their only means of communication, to a thriving two year old who has developed their own imagination and personality with a budding vocabulary. According to the BabyCenter website, by the time a child is two they will know about 200 words. The real question is, can you understand all two hundred of them? Around three months of age, my son Hunter had begun ‘tripoding’, where the baby is sitting up, but supporting themselves with one or both of their arms in front of them. This is something that many babies don’t start to do until closer to 4 or 5 months, according to BabyCenter. He also had excellent head control and was able to roll from his tummy to his back. At birth, he was 7lbs 4oz, but at 3 months old he was 15lbs 2oz and had a 30% increase in length from 19 inches at birth to 25 inches. Hunter could hold a

rattle, and would even sleep through the night (if we let him.) He also learned how to laugh and hasn’t stopped since. At 6 months of age, Hunter had mastered sitting up on his own and was trying to crawl. He began eating a few solid foods and the vegetables were his favorite, hands down. Hunter had found his feet at 5 months old, and loved playing with his little piggies. Babbling also became something he really enjoyed doing. If Hunter was awake, he wanted everyone to know it. His weight had increased to 21lbs 14oz and he had stretched out to 28 ½ inches. That’s almost a 10 inch difference from what he was when he was first born. He even sprouted his first tooth, and also said his first word, “mama” when he was 6 months old.

When Hunter was 9 months old, we had a scare when I could not wake him up from his nap. Everything turned out ok, though we never got an answer as to what exactly happened. His pediatrician was pretty confident that Hunter had a seizure,...
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