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Your observation that you often rehearsed mentally what had happened before is relevant to your ability to recall very early memories. Rehearsal contributes to memorability, so practicing that would have helped you retain those memories. It's impossible to know, but it is likely that your mental rehearsal was an effort to understand the events in your life. Young children experience everything from a perspective so different from that of adults, and the struggle to understand is part of the dynamic that enables the child to advance in cognitive development.
You referred to changing location and having had both positive and negative experiences. Considerable change would stimulate a young child's desire to comprehend in order to gain some sense of predictability and control in their life.
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