Things You Should Know About the First Year of Marriage
It happens to nearly every newlywed. Sometime after the garter's been tossed and all traces of your (faux) honeymoon tan have vanished, you realize you spent so much time preparing to get married that you haven't thought much about being married. Even if you were living together before you tied the knot, there are bound to be some surprises over the next 365 days. Here are some you may want to prepare for...
1. You might feel like a kid playing grown-up.
You relished the way the words my fiancé felt rolling off your tongue, and found occasion to drop them into every possible conversation. It turns out their replacement-my husband-feels even more magical in your mouth. Still, you may find yourself glancing over your shoulder to see if someone is going to bust you for pretending to be married.
2. You'll feel as if you are forgetting something all the time.
Just a few weeks ago, roughly 70 percent of your brain space was dedicated to wedding-related details and minutiae. With no seating chart to arrange or bridesmaids to wrangle, many new brides feel a little lost. The good news? Now you get to plan your life together, and that, you'll learn, is actually the most fun of all.
3. The baby hints will start immediately.
Your wedding dress won't even be back from the cleaners before eager breeders start racing ahead to the next big question: "So, are you guys trying yet?" remember: It's up to you and your hubby to decide when and if you're ready to have kids-but know there's really no such thing as ready.
4. You will fight and make up (again and again).
Not the sparring type, you say? Trust us: The blending of two lives can ruffle even the most stoic feathers. He'll leave his gym clothes on the floor too many times; your manic apartment-fluffing before guests arrive will drive him nuts. But know that each time you work through a spat and come back together, your bond will grow stronger. In the heat of the moment, remember to take deep breaths, count to 10.
5. Your relationship with your in-laws is a marathon, not a sprint.
For better or worse, your husband's parents are in your life for the long haul. Your mother-in-law may drive you crazy with unsolicited decorating advice but know that you don't have to take that advice. Combine love and appreciation with clear-cut boundaries
6. You might miss your mom.
Although it's been years since you lived with her, don't be surprised if you find yourself pining for the days when someone else took care of all of the tedious domestic tasks that are now your domain.. Sigh. Welcome to adulthood... For more tips, watch The Daily Dish!