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Oh! CONGRATS Jillian! I pray for you to have a happy and healthy 9 months!
As for the memories- I have to say that I remember things from 18+ that were never TOLD to me. In a few of my Psych classes, we have discussed this and my teachers said they had research that it was very possible for some people to remember their infant stage because memories are not an exact science. Memories usually do form around 2 years old.
However, psychologists have discovered that children as young as 3 months old and 6 months old can form long-term memories. The difference comes in which memories stick around. For instance, it appears that babies are born with more intact implicit, or unconscious, memories. At the same time the explicit, or episodic, memory that records specific events does not carry information over that three-year gap, explaining why people do not remember their births.
My first memory is preschoolish. I broke my arm from climbing on the swing set in the back yard. My mom told me to not do that or I'd fall and break my arm, so I did it one more time and fell and broke my arm.
My DH says he can remember being 18 months and having horrible migrains. My MIL says DH had bad migrains at that age due to food sensativities. DH says he can remember having to hold onto a coffee table because the room was spinning.
I think if you have some major happen at an early age you can remember it or parts of it.
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Started off 2013 homebirthing suprise twins Fia Celesta & Maddalena Isabella
Just got off the phone with my mom and confirmed that one memory was at just around 18 months. I explained to her the details of the bedroom, and I didn't know why but from my crib I saw my other big bed. My mom told me that when they first put the new bed in there I was scared of it and wouldn't sleep in it, so I stayed in my crib just a few more nights in the same room as the new bed until I got used to it being in there. I would have to call my ex dad to find out the dates of when we moved, because that happened in the first house we lived in on base, and shortly after that we moved to the civilian house. But I don't speak to him anymore. So I'm just going to be satisfied knowing my earliest memories are confirmed at 18 months-ish.
This was not something that was told to me. My mom never told me until just now when I described the room to her that I was in fact in the crib and seeing my other bed. She doesn't remember any particularly severe thunderstorms, so that could have all been 100% dream. But I told her the details right down to the tiger poster hanging up over the big bed, and the yellow quilt and heart shaped pillows my mom and grandma sewed to go on it. I told her where in the room each piece of furniture was, and how the bathroom door was straight across the hall from my bedroom, and her bedroom door was directly to the left. So it's not like my parents told me of fond memories of floor plans and furniture placement. I remember that.
That's the method of how I remembered my first memory later in life.
I asked my mother why she ever had an ugly tassled umbrella stroller for me. It had a sun visor that was flat, and had red tassels hanging down. I remember looking at them and thinking they woudln't feel right in my fingers. Then an old man got down and said "hey there princess, how you doing?" he made faces at me and I screamed. I even remember the location we were in in the store (aisle 3, clsoe to the cash by the last large bin of merchandise) and that I had on pink sneakers and overalls.
Was spring 1985 and I turned two in October of that year.
Mom was shocked when I asked about the stroller. Because she only had it for 4 days and it broke. So there are no pictures of it. No one but her and I were there so it wasn't like she was telling me about the thing.
But it explained sooo much. I was terrified of that man my whole life, he called me princess and I hated it. But could never remember why I didn't like him or the name.
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I have solid memories of a trip we took when I was 2. I told my mom details I could remember and she was shocked at how much I remembered of the day. I also asked if I had a yellow sleeper with a duck on it, and that got an even bigger stare from her because I was a baby when I had it. I've never seen any pictures of it. I can't say for certain it's a real memory, but I don't know how else I would know about it. The stuff from when I was 2 is definitely a real memory. I have tons of memories from that age onwards.
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