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 diamondincnd
Joined: 1/17/2006
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Do you remember yourself before 1 year old?Page 2 of 4    (1, 2, 3, 4)
I used to only remember a few things from my childhood I think my youngest I was about 2 years old.
I now have a 3 year old daugter and after watching her explore and learn from birth it has some how triggered other memories of when I was even younger than 2, like 6 months and less. I never thought that I would ever remember any thing that young.
Any one else have kids that have triggered lost forever momories?
 rockondon
Joined: 2/21/2007
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Posted: 7/3/2008 11:22:18 PM
I have two memories before the age of 1. I'm told most people don't remember anything before the age of 5 incidentally.

1. In a circular saucer shaped stroller thingy on wheels that my pudgy little baby legs could push around. Dangerous as hell now that I think of it - a set of stairs or roadside curb away from badly injuring myself. I'm guessing I was about 9months.

2. In my crib on a barge, I remember my older siblings chasing each other on the deck and running up toward the upper deck. Only a couple months old or so.
 Jan Sobieski
Joined: 7/4/2008
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Posted: 7/7/2008 11:39:47 AM
"I also remember when i was about 2 yrs old maybe younger i used to sit with my great grandfather on this porch overlooking the ground and other garage (they lived in south boston) and he would give me a cookie and i can remember his voice."

That is f*&cking awesome.
I can remember feelings from way back, however the earliest memory I have is of my life is watching the goldfish pond in my neighbors yard. I must have been 3 at the time I'm sure, it most definitly commanded my undivided attenuation.
Amazing how brilliant the colours were. More so than they will ever be again.
 SuthernFlair
Joined: 6/27/2008
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Posted: 7/7/2008 1:58:39 PM
Remember about one year old I peed in my doctors pocket with his cigarettes when he took my cloth diapers off. I don't remember if I was mad or the cool air for the reason. It was quite a story most of my life maybe it was to get him to stop smoking?
 stargazer1000
Joined: 1/16/2008
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Posted: 10/21/2008 7:47:51 PM
My earliest memories would have to go back to about two or three. From what I understand from neurologists, the human brain doesn't have the capacity to store memories much before 1 1/2. I just wonder if this is what you expect your memories of that time to be?
 JustDukky
Joined: 7/8/2004
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Posted: 5/2/2009 11:42:14 PM
I remember my Dad fashioning a crude tent by draping a blanket over the lower half of my crib. I remember him looking down & smiling as I joyfully crawled in & out of it. (To this day, I love tenting.)

I have other infant memories, but I believe this one to be the earliest. I'm guessing I was about 6-10 months old. I was crawling, but not yet able to stand.
 father3
Joined: 7/11/2006
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Posted: 5/4/2009 11:47:25 AM

Thousands of very bright colors, brighter than anything I can see now.


I remember too the colours. So bright and vivid. It makes me think now that there was a day colour appeared for the first time. I used to stare at things intensely, just enjoying the colours.

When I was 30 I went for a walk with my wife in an old neighbourhood that my father and mother grew up in. I lived there until just after my first birthday, but had never been back. As we were walking, turning corners etc I told her what would be around the corner, and I was right every time!!

I talked to my mother about this and she told me when I was a baby she took me for walks on those streets in my carriage. I wasn't even one years old yet.

There are lots of things I can remember from when I was very little, but I can't date them or know how old I was, until the age of three, then I can date them.

I vividly remember my first day of school when I was 5. I even remember who was in my class, and I remember tons of things that happened that year.

I have always heard that most people can remember back until 3 years old, that somehow the mind doesn't store aything before that. I think they are wrong. Just like the myth we don't dream in colour. I dream in technicolour all the time.
 Gwendolyn2010
Joined: 1/22/2006
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Posted: 5/4/2009 2:11:33 PM
How do you know that you were six months old at the time you saw the bright colors? It seems that you would have no point of reference--it isn't as if you can discuss this with your family members and they could pinpoint a time.
 rockondon
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Posted: 5/4/2009 5:21:43 PM
I have two memories from <1 year old.
I remember being in the crib watching my brothers and sister running around the deck of a barge in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

I remember having this stroller thingy that was circular, had wheels on the bottom, and allowed me to sit inside it and have my feet reach the ground so I could run around. I was about 8 months old or so. They don't make them any more as far as I know - if I ran over a curb I would have smashed my head on the road.
 uniquelyordinary
Joined: 2/5/2009
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Posted: 5/4/2009 7:25:46 PM
I remember OBJECTS that my mom said were in the place we lived until I was nine months old. Books stacked under the bed, the spread on that bed, the cat on the bed.

When I was about two, my grandmother, who was Director at a nursing school, brought me in for some sort of "two year old observation group". Just a bunch of two year olds in a room while the nursing students studied us. My memory of that day was that I was a very friendly, loving child who shared everything and made friends easily. Years later when I told my grandmother what I remembered, she laughed. Apparently I was a typical two year old and wanted all of the toys for myself and I was intolerant of the other children.



I think I've managed to socialize better over the years. Or maybe my memory is STILL faulty!
 IgorFrankensteen
Joined: 6/29/2009
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Posted: 6/15/2011 8:00:02 PM
You are incorrect in this one, redbecka. I also remember clearly some things from when I was not yet one year old. The idea that the brain isn't wired to remember is an example of the kind of silly thing SOME scientist types come up with, based on the fact that subjects don't complain or respond in the ways that these scientists RECOGNIZE.

One of my sons was born with numerous handicaps and problems, and spent the first two years of his life crying as loud as he could, twenty-two hours out of every twenty-four. The doctors found hernias on him, but claimed he couldn't feel them before the age of three, so that we needn't fix them. After suffering through those first two years with almost NO sleep for either parents, we demanded the hernias be surgically fixed, and lo! The crying stopped. Stupid scientist/doctors. I concluded that they thought that anyone who failed to properly arrange for a lawyer to SUE them, wasn't actually in pain.
I've run into that same sort of "reasoning" repeatedly since. It's the same sort of "thinking" that leads many people to claim that non-humans have no emotions, not because they can measure emotions, but because the non-humans don't complain to us in English.
The rich, white, old senators who had to decide whether or not a young, black, female law student was telling the truth about a prospective Supreme Court judge, proved how thick-headed "experts" could be too, when they explained publicly that she MUST have lied, because had THEY been sexually harassed, as she said she was, that THEY would have reported it to the authorities, which she did not. Brilliant.

In my own experiences with memory, I've seen that I remember things in part at least, through CONNECTIONS from one memory to another. I can clearly remember deductive accomplishments from when I was about 6 months old (I know how old I was, because I can describe the house we lived in, and my parents have verified that we moved OUT of that house by the time I was seven months old). The reason I remember what I do, is BECAUSE it was an accomplishment for me.
On the other hand, I have repeatedly found that many later memories have either been lost, or are not CONNECTED to my current consciousness, because they belong to a set of experiences that I no longer have. One woman here mentioned that she remembered some of her own childhood by reconnecting with it through her own children's experiences. I've had that same experience many times, and NO, it is NOT a delusional construction. I can tell this, because I when I DO re-connect with a previously lost memory, I am able to locate objects involved with the memory without searching for them.

Memory is becoming even more fascinating for me now. One of my brothers is declining into dementia from Alzheimer's. He is reporting what he experiences as he declines. It is very painful to me.
 UnixGrand
Joined: 5/9/2011
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Posted: 6/17/2011 11:08:28 AM
I have memories at 1 year old. But the question is can we remember how old we were at the time of observation? Also... did anyone have any memories of talking to someone, but they actually didn't exist? I am talking about 6th sense.
 UnixGrand
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Posted: 6/17/2011 7:04:39 PM

if this is 6th sense, i dont know, but my first memory was standing in front of a white light telling me i would be born. did not have another memory until i turned 2.


Pretty funny, but I'm serious.
 IgorFrankensteen
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Posted: 6/17/2011 7:31:06 PM
Trouble with 'sixth sense' stuff and tiny children is, that we accept what ever happens as entirely normal. So if we WERE talking to people who others failed to see, we wouldn't necessarily remember that that happened, since we would accept ALL that happened as being normal.
 JustDukky
Joined: 7/8/2004
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Posted: 8/6/2011 2:00:41 AM
if you are remembering things before the age of two years, it is your spirit/soul that is remembering because the brain is not wired to remember anything until age two. nice to read how so many spirits remember.


That's a nice notion, but I would say it isn't entirely accurate. From birth, the neurons start growing and making connections, so putting an arbitrary age for development of what is really a gradual wiring process can lead to erroneous conclusions.

Case in point... I have another memory, this one from about age 12-18 months (probably about 14 months based on average development... I could stand and walk, but not reliably and often wound up on my ass...sorta like now after a trip to the bar). The base of my crib had a label of a bunny on it. I remember seeing it on one of my climbing "excursions" out of my crib (yes I was a climber...drove my mother nuts!). One day I went to look at it and found that all that was left was a torn paper remnant still stuck to the crib. I remember wondering where the bunny went, not realizing it had been me that tore it off the crib bit by bit on a few other "excursions." This was (many years) later confirmed by my mother.

Here we have a situation where my memory circuits were wired enough to remember the bunny, but not sufficiently developed to remember what I had done to it.
 koncrete
Joined: 8/12/2009
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Posted: 8/9/2011 1:44:24 AM
I know with certainty when I was 10 to 11 months old I have a 3 second memory of crawling up the stairs and everyone cheering me on at the top as I crawled.
 ComplekCity
Joined: 1/17/2011
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Posted: 8/9/2011 3:20:43 PM
I remember being asked where I wanted to be born.

I said " Earth ! "

Then I was asked where on Earth.

I said " As long as the society is relatively sane and it's free of natural disasters "

..... should've asked for less rain and a hockey team that could win the cup too....

But I can't complain !

 joemac356
Joined: 9/22/2009
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Posted: 9/11/2011 4:43:30 PM
We remember what we make important enough to recall.
Sometimes, that importance is temporary, but the memory remains.
Memory can be reinforced, as in something as simple as thinking about the remembered incident/object/feeling, whatever.

I remember things that my father used to say I couldn't, because I was too young at the time.
I can vividly recall the smell of wet plaster and wallpaper from my dad and an uncle removing the wall that separated the dining room from the living room. I would have been only a few weeks old, as this was when the work was done.
I also recall being in my crib in my parents' room one night. It was dark and there was a flashing red light against the window, and a constant loud humming that droned on for hours. I remember being bothered by the noise, wanting it to stop so I could sleep.
I found out years later when describing that night that it was in late March that there was a major fire a couple of blocks away and they had a 1938 International pumping from the hydrant just outside. I know this because they still have the truck. I later joined the same fire company and even rode and drove that International.
I was born on the 29th of February (yeah, I know...), so I was only a few weeks old.

I remember odd little things from before I could walk, feelings and sounds. Smells are especially memorable and can instantly jar trivial things in my mind.

I can clearly picture a small glowing orange light in the kitchen at night.
It turns out that it was an indicator on an electric freezer that my dad swore had been moved to the basement before I was born. He said it was only in the kitchen for a very short time, going into the basement when my mum wanted more space in the kitchen. Mum doesn't even remember the freezer ever being in the kitchen, but my older sister does, and she corroborates my recollection.

Speaking of my older sister, she remembers an incredible number of things from early childhood. We love to get together and talk about things from way-back-when. Reminiscing in our old age...
 Molly Maude
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Posted: 9/11/2011 8:24:07 PM
my first memory is from maybe 8 months of age when I was sitting on my Grandpa's lap in the back seat and Daddy was driving ... I was letting my duckies fly in the wind out the window ... it was a wooden painted mama duck and 2 baby duckies tied together that I pulled on the floor and they quacked and waddled as they walked ... anyway, I was flying them out the window and they flew out of my hand and my Daddy started to pull the car over to go back and get them but Mama yelled at Daddy and said something along the lines of it was all my fault and I could learn to live without the duckies ... I cried for a very long time and my baby mind reinforced that memory so I could remember to be mad at Mama ... and I was for a very long time ...

my next memory was walking out the front door of our house and climbing down the steps from our porch, walking next door to my cousin Neva's house, climbing up on her porch and going inside the house which was very dark, seeing Neva sleeping on the sofa and throwing myself on her tummy, shrieking with delight ... she was napping because she was 8 months pregnant ... and I surprised her ... so I would have been 9 months old at that time ... I can clearly remember the expression on Neva's face when I woke her ... I loved Neva ... she was my favorite person ...

next memory is someone holding me by the tummy which hurt and I was squealing and trying to make them put me down ... they held me over Neva's newborn baby ... and said probably, "this is your new cousin and you'll be best friends" or something like that ... I'm guessing ... I don't remember what they said ... but I stopped squirming and just looked and looked at that baby, sleeping in her buggy ... I clearly remember every detail of how that baby looked ... and ... in baby language, I thought something along the lines of, "I think I don't LIKE this at all!" I was 10 months old for that one ...

in order to form a memory, I think the thoughts have to have a strong emotion associated with them and need to be encouraged to stay around ... incidentally, my parents didn't tell me the above memories, I told THEM and they confirmed ...

from that last memory to the next one ... there was a huge gap when, apparently, everything went well!
 Bladesmith81801
Joined: 10/30/2010
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Posted: 9/11/2011 8:49:03 PM
I have a grand total of 12 memories before the age of 18. All else has been repressed.
 justagrlwithacat
Joined: 2/7/2011
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Posted: 9/11/2011 9:14:53 PM
I have this one, but i can't tell if maybe it was a dream and I've convinced myself it's a memory. But who dreams of themself as a baby? I don't know, maybe it is, but i always remembered it. It was before i was 2 because that's when we moved from the house i was born in. I was of the age where i was in a crib still, don't know what age babies are in cribs. but my bedroom was at the top of the house, i had a crib in the middle of the room, and i remember the two pictures by a window of these velvet clowns. I "remember" standing at the window. That's it.
 trinity818
Joined: 9/1/2006
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Posted: 9/13/2011 3:11:09 PM

I have a grand total of 12 memories before the age of 18. All else has been repressed


lol. Now this I can relate to. I only saved a couple of the best ones. My first memory though, is from about age 2. Just sitting on the floor looking up a steep set of stairs in the old farmhouse we lived in.
 Molly Maude
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Posted: 9/13/2011 3:52:11 PM
I remember at the age of about 2 ... my sister laying on a blanket on the rug to my left ... I was "riding" the back of the sofa, pretending it was a horse ... knowing full well that my mother was going to come pull me off any second and yell at me for being up there ... there were curtains to my right ... my mother came into the room and said, apparently to some adult, "I have some awful news!" ... the other adult (don't remember who) asked what it was ... before she answered, I hoped it wasn't that my uncle (who was serving in the Army) had been hurt ... I worried about him a lot ... my mother said that my best friend, another 2-year-old named Diane, had died ... I remember the entire scene very clearly ... the words she used exactly ... sadly, she was quite explicit, probably thinking I didn't understand ...

when I asked about it later, my mother said she hadn't remembered Diane dying until I reminded her ...
 Bladesmith81801
Joined: 10/30/2010
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Posted: 9/13/2011 5:25:23 PM
Trust me, Trinity, the ones I DO have ain't that good either.

Systematic emotional and physical abuse will do that.
 SunnyBlueSkies23
Joined: 5/16/2011
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Posted: 9/13/2011 6:06:46 PM
My Mom told me i wouldn't let my Dad hold me before i turned 1 year old (even back then I was Mom's girl ). I do however have 3 solid (if a bit vague) memories to share... 1.) I remember being very little (under 6 months) and Mom would try to go out and do some food shopping.....I'd cry hysterically until she returned,in my playpen. (My poor Dad TRIED to soothe me,but I wouldn't let him!) 2.) I remember laying in my crib,sucking my toes,and watching my mobile dance for me....I loved that mobile...... (I was about 10 or 11 months). 3.)I remember my big sister (we're 14 months apart....how did my Mom DO it???) and being in our living room; SHE was being really silly for me, ( I was in a walker;maybe 9 or 10 months old) She kept running in,making silly faces and silly sounds at our Christmas Tree,and dropping things ALL over,and I started laughing then quickly became absolutely HYSTERICAL she had me laughing SO hard!
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