The Development of Liam from Birth to Age

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Running head:THE DEVELOPMENT OF LIAM 1The Development of Liam from Birth to Age OneNameInstitution Affiliation
THE DEVELOPMENT OF LIAM2At birthLiam was born at 36 weeks through the C-section and weighed 3.5 Kgs which was withinthe normal range. Before the age of one year, he had undergone a lot of changes and had becomea more transformed person unlike what he was at birth. According to the Piaget’s cognitivestages of childhood development, from birth to age two years is the sensory stage where the childmostly learns through their sense and the manipulation of different objects(Piaget, 2017). Onething that I learned from baby Liam is that it can be very easy to measures the physical changesthat take place in the body of your child such as weight and height, but in the process, miss to seewhat is happening inside their brain (Keenan, Evans & Crowley, 2016).By the time Liam was being born, he was already fully aware of the basic things that heneeded to perform to survive. This includes activities such as breathing, feeding through thebreast which was his main source of food, sleeping and going to the toilet. However, it can stillbe argued that Liam did things involuntarily and the part of the brain which would help himrecognize that he was performing these activities were not well developed. But moreimportantly, there are actions that Liam could not completely perform as a result of theunderdeveloped brain. Among such included perception, thought, memory, language andphysical coordination of body parts.At birth, Liam was well equipped with all the essential senses including vision, hearing,sense of scent, palatability, and touch. Regarding sight, his eyes were half the size those of anadult, and it was clear that they sometimes struggled to open. He seemed to uncoordinated eyemovement as they would move spontaneously from place to another. More so when observedcritically he was cross-eyed, and his focus was limited to close ranges. His eyes close instantlywhen exposed to sunlight, and this showed that he could detect light and he could cry a lot in the
THE DEVELOPMENT OF LIAM3dark. In regards to hearing, Liam could startle in response to loud sounds, and he seemed tolisten when the mother speaks. The baby could shortly cease any movement when a conversationbegan he seemed to prefer the mother’s voice to a low sounding that of the father. At this point,it was clear that the baby's taste buds were well developed and this is why he preferred themother’s breastmilk to formula. The reaction that he gave one day when he was offered lemonwas a proof that the taste buds were active. It was clear that Liam preferred the mother to otherpeople and the primary way he identified her was through smell.Liam’s arms and legs moved most of the time freely. He seemed to feel more securewhen cuddled gently close to the mother. At birth, Liam could flex arms, and his hands wereoften fisted no matter how much one could try to uncurl them. The neck was unable to supportthe head thus could not sit. Liam could only communicate through crying and gurgling. At thisage, Liam was alert for only one in every ten hours. He seemed to enjoy a lot of eye contact andcould easily recognize the mother’s voice. When stimulated he could cry and mostly trusted hermother’s over everybody else.At six monthsAt this age, Liam was entirely a different person from what he was at birth. From adormant baby whose main activity was sleeping and breastfeeding, he could now performnumerous activities in a day. Unlike before his eyesight was fully developed and he could noticenot only objects but also their size. This was illustrated by the way he could reach out to smallobjects with his fingers and the larger ones with both hands. More so Liam could easilyrecognize items that were near or close to him and also understood how some of them were used.With this Liam could shake his noisemakers harder wanting more sound to come out. When an
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