Uta’s early Childhood

I published this post about the book ‘Unser Kind – Our Child’ about one year ago. I wanted to reblog it today but came up with some major difficulties.

UNSER KIND’ – OUR CHILD , this is the title of a book Mum used for recording notes about my development. Here are some of the notes:

“Uta was born on Friday, 21st September 1934, at 19 hrs and 55 min. in Berlin-Schöneberg. Her birth weight was 3200 g, she was 51 cm in length.

Friday, 5th October 1934, Uta 14 days old. This is the day when she was outside for the first time. She had her first solid food on the 23rd December. She enjoyed eating biscuit with orange juice. On 2nd April 1935 she drank out of a small cup all by herself.

On 27th February 1935, Tante Ilse’s birthday, she wore a dress for the first time. She congratulated Aunty with some violets in her hand. When Uta was four months old she raised herself up into a sitting position for the first time. She could already stand quite well when she was six months. She was ten months and two days old when she took the first two steps all by herself. She could climb one step by herself at twelve months without holding onto anything.

Her first tooth appeared when she wasn’t quite seven months old yet. At twelve months she had six teeth at the top and two at the bottom. These teeth appeared one after another without any problems. On the 20th of March Uta wore ‘Schuhchen’ (little shoes) for the first time.

On the 24th of March 1935, a Sunday, she was baptised in the ‘Kirche zum Heilbronn’ by Pfarrer Wiligmann. Uta’s first words were “wau, wau”. Later she said “Mama” and then “Papa” and “Buh”. With “Buh” she meant ball.

She had three small pox vaccinations, because the first two weren’t successful. (Unsuccessful on 12.5.36 and 24.10.36. Successful vaccination on 13.4.37.)”

Here now is what Mum wrote on the 26th of September 1935: “Uta likes children a real lot. She wants to play with every one. She loves to play in the sand. – When I take her out she always likes to stand up in her pram and she smiles at every one. People always take notice of her. When Uta was ten months old I took her on a bike-tour. She was placed in a basket-seat which was fastened to my handle-bar. We went along the Promenade of Münster. It started raining a bit. Because of this she ended up with a bit of a cold.

She was eleven months when she was for the first time in an outside water, the Aasee of Münster. The temperature was 24 degrees (Celsius). Uta went across the German border into Poland when she was nine months. This was her first major trip. Destination Lodz.

For Uta’s first birthday we were still in Münster. Sissi and Teo were our guests. Uta loved all the presents. All day long she played with her toys.”

And there’s a list of all the presents I received, from Aunty in Berlin, from Grandma in Leipzig and also from the grandparents in Lodz. I think the photo further below was taken around my first birthday. It shows I was still quite bald!

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7 thoughts on “Uta’s early Childhood

  1. Hallo liebe Freundin wünsche dir einen schönen Tag.Das war bestimmt eine schöne Radtor mit der kleinen,sie sind ja zu süss in diesen Alter,kenne das von meinen beiden Kindern.Schöner Bericht hast du geschrieben.Ich wünsche dir eine gute und glückliche Osterwoche,werde wohl wenig schreiben die Tage muss zu Ostern viel vorbereiten.Grüße dich lieb von mir.Gislinde

    1. Hallo, liebe Gislinde, ja stell dir vor, das war 1935 als meine Mama mit mir diese Radtour machte! Ich wünsche dir auch eine recht scöne Osterwoche und viel Spass bei all den Vorbereitungen für Ostern! Uta.

    1. Thanks for commenting, dear Inigo. I love to have this document from way back. You’re right it’s really great that my mum documented so many details! 🙂

  2. This is quite interesting. It reminds me of my baby book( I was born on Easter Sunday, April 5, 1953), which I discovered in a drawer more than a decade ago. Mom was much more concerned with birthday parties, and kept a careful list of all those who attended, and those who did not.

    1. This reminds me, Robert, I ought to dig out this baby book again and refer to some of the other things Mum mentioned in this book. She definitely kept a record of everyone who attended my birthday parties!
      You’re going to turn sixty soon by the looks of it. I wish you all the Best for your upcoming birthday! Are you going to celebrate with a lot of people or just a few special ones?

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