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  1. #11
    Type 5w4

    Learned to talk to very early but was not talkative, extremely strong and mobile at an absurdly early age but learned to actually walk rather late. Unusually non-reactive (rarely cried, rarely smiled). As a toddler, restrained and polite and somewhat shy and sensitive, but also apathetic about rules: my reputation varied a lot between being seen as well-behaved vs as a little troublemaker, depending on whether the adult I was with valued exacting obedience or mildness more. Curious, observant, thoughtful, conversed "like an adult" in toddlerhood, sort of no-nonsense (the "got your nose" stuff didn't get a lot of play with me). Played well and easily on my own. Imaginative (was lining up a set of toy soldiers and trying to talk at them before I was out of my wind up swing). Impatient (getting tired of waiting for things or getting frustrated was the number one thing that made me cry). Particular about how I wanted stuff and had definite opinions... could be bossy with other children, though I got along with them well enough.

    I've always been told that I was an easy baby, compared to my siblings.
    Last edited by baitedcrow; 06-04-2019 at 05:36 PM.
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  2. #12

    As a baby? I can't remember. My sense of awareness only started when I was 2 years old. At the time I was involved in an accident which had cost the lost of my left eyesight. Since then life was never the same. I was a self-indulgent kid who was happy to spend most of my time entertaining myself in my own room. Watched a lot of cartoons and documentaries. Read copious amount of books and drawn pictures almost everyday. I would be irritable when I didn't get what I wanted. Always threw a tantrum. Anxiety-ridden to the point of agoraphobia. Lonely and quiet. I didn't learn social skills until my late teens.

  3. #13
    Type 4w5

    I think I'm 4w5, definitely an INFP. I don't remember being a baby obviously. My mom says I was sick a lot, was talking and walking pretty early, and was pretty stubborn. As a toddler/preschooler I was very quiet and shy and gentle, I didn't need a lot of discipline, just a stern word would send me to tears of repentance - but I do recall quietly ignoring some rules (like don't go in the garden part of the preschool yard, because I knew it was just to keep the flowers safe and I was very careful of them - that sort of not exactly rebellion). In grade school I tended to make friends with other kids that were lonely or picked on and I didn't care about being thought cool. I was good at entertaining myself and was very imaginative and loved arts & crafts and fantasy. I was always a night owl and would lay in bed for hours imagining fantasy adventures. I had a lot of energy, but I was never 'athletic'. I tended to get along with kids who were younger than me and was in no hurry to grow up. Though in many ways I was mature for my age - cautious, insightful, able to converse with adults, that sort of thing, in the more culturally obvious ways I was always a bit behind the others - like playing with little kid toys longer and preferring to wear 'little girl' styles well into junior high. I have felt like my personality has been pretty clear and consistent throughout my life.

    As a mom myself now, I’m curious to see how my daughter’s personality will unfold. So far my mom says she’s pretty similar to how I was, but I think she may be a little more outspoken and interested in other’s oppinions than I was.
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  5. #14

    Quote Originally Posted by Newana View Post
    A nine friend of mine said she slept all through the night as soon as she was born, half of the days and she walked only when she was 2 years old. It might be that the nine baby is really laid back ;)
    High from birth, born with abnormally high levels of cannabinoids in the brain.

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  6. #15
    Type 5w4

    Apparently,

    Was never into eating

    Calm, curious

    Didn't speak (even though my Mom suspected this 'observer' could)

    First words ended up being a question (information gathering started young...)

    Escape artist as a baby

    First memory (around 4) was being in awe over nature/life

    Had learned to read/write already

    Perfectly well behaved for my parents (in their presence anyway)

    Yet I was kicked out of kindergarten (day one: broke my arm during questionable activity, day two: tried to take over, day three: homeschooled)

    Peaceful years followed with me quietly enjoying my time, my books, my garden & my inner landscape.
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  7. #16
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    Rude? Ruthless, definetely. But in a brutal way, not girly-cheeky way.

  8. #17
    Type 1w2

    My mother says I was the most undemanding of her children.

    According to her even my cry was hesitant - which I can believe. I don't like making demands of people and I'm averse to people making demands of me.

    I remember as a young child (preschool) I was really good at art, so that's all I did. Painting, drawing, singing and playing the xylophone. I think part of me also liked how I got praised by adults and 'accepted' by other children for my 'talent'.

    Starting school was such a shock to the system because I wasn't used to doing things I wasn't naturally good at. I also found the routine and monotony of it stifling. My school was one of these uptight religious ones, with delusions of grandeur, so they had us take IQ tests as soon as we were able to read and write. I was unfortunate enough to score high, and that meant extra Maths homework for me - sometimes I would stay up till 12 am in order to finish my homework.

    I think I always had this divide in my personality; being a people pleaser but at the same time very demand avoidant (defiant even, if I was pushed far enough).
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  9. #18

    I have no idea how I was as a baby, and my mom's not giving me a very clear answer. Apparently I was stubborn (no one could ever make me do something I didn't want to) though "not a leader type," more introverted. I guess as a baby I mostly slept until I got a lot of ear infections. =P

  10. #19
    Type 4w5

    Quote Originally Posted by Remnants View Post
    I have no idea how I was as a baby, and my mom's not giving me a very clear answer. Apparently I was stubborn (no one could ever make me do something I didn't want to) though "not a leader type," more introverted. I guess as a baby I mostly slept until I got a lot of ear infections. =P
    Hey Remnants, what type are you? I'm putting it all in a table to look for common answers among the types :)

  11. #20

    Quote Originally Posted by Newana View Post
    Hey Remnants, what type are you? I'm putting it all in a table to look for common answers among the types :)
    FYI I don't think all 9s are calm babies. I remember we had a discussion on this on the 9 subforum but can't find it now... Unless I misremember, @EyesOpen wasn't a calm child? Anyone else? @Napoleptic ? @ButIHaveNoFear ?
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