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Shortly after my son was born, I became obsessed with a question that had nothing to do with babies: Why was my husband so annoying?
What's worse, he was annoyed beyond comprehension by me!
My habit of eating while nursing (and dropping crumbs on the baby's head) grossed him out.
And my previously lauded spontaneity was now a fatal flaw called disorganization. Making the leap from coupledom to baby-makes-three is exciting, exhilarating, and wonderful.
It's also exhausting, exasperating, and worrisome -- a combination that can be toxic to the romantic relationship that made you parents in the first place.
The bad news first: Maintaining a marriage post-baby takes a lot of time and energy, exactly what you've got the least of right now.
Now the encouraging news: Working on your relationship pays off in spades.
Without all that energy expended (read: wasted) growing resentful of each other, you'll have more to spend enjoying one another. ) Here's advice from experts as well as couples in the trenches on why this transition is so hard and what you can do to smooth things out.
Now that there are so many more household chores on the agenda, you and your spouse may both feel like the other's not pulling his or her share of the mother lode.
Domestic duties double, and so does your bickering.
Of course, before there was a baby, there was still laundry. But there were never so many things that had to be done so quickly.
You can't procrastinate about chores once you have an infant.
"Laundry had to be washed or it stank, and the baby needed to be fed or he would cry like crazy," says Brooke Patrick of Seattle, recalling the first year with her son, now 3.