I never fully realized how much of a strain parenting would be on my relationship until my daughter arrived. Sure, in theory I knew that having a baby would change everything -- forever -- but I didn't really grasp just how much that extra person would alter the fabric and dynamic of our lives.
I still remember driving our daughter home from the hospital. The sheer shock of it all was overwhelming. We certainly had all those giddy, new-parent hormone flooding through us that get you through the throes of sleep deprivation and endless feedings, but we were terrified down to our toes.
That little bundle of bliss asleep in her car seat would soon wake up demand an increasing amount of our attention as time went on. Would we be able to hang on to our relationship in the midst of all this chaos?
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