Brain Child: How Having a Child Changed How I Think
Kayt is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), the Author's Guild and the National Association of Science Writers (NASW). She has recently returned to the United States after living abroad for six years and has just published her first book, DIRTY MINDS: HOW OUR BRAINS INFLUENCE LOVE, SEX AND RELATIONSHIPS, an exploration of the neurobiology of love (Free Press, 2012).
Kayt Sukel's writing credits include personal essays in the Washington Post, American Baby, the Bark, USAToday, Literary Mama and the Christian Science Monitor as well as articles on a variety of subjects for the Atlantic Monthly, Parenting, Cerebrum, BrainWork and American Baby magazines. She blogs regularly about traveling on the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award winning travel blog, Travel Savvy Mom; and science, love and life at the Houston Chronicle's Hearts and Minds blog.
You can often find her oversharing on Twitter as @kaytsukel.
I have friends who I’ve known since they were 12, and they wanted to be moms and that was going to be the focus of their life. I wasn’t in that category. And yet, I had this child and, boom! He’s wonderful, he’s perfect, he’s amazing. I’ve never been in love like that before.
And my body went through so many changes during pregnancy. So many things are listed to scare you in What To Expect or other pregnancy books. You know, your feet are going to get bigger, your stomach’s going to get bigger, your hair is going to fall out - all kinds of exciting stuff.
And so it made sense to me that my brain must have also gone through some changes. And you know there are changes that have lasted. My son is a kindergartner now and I still, he gives me butterflies. And I think that’s pretty impressive for someone who was sort of ambivalent about the idea of children to begin with.
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