I dated my now-husband for more than a decade before we got married, so we were very well-acquainted before kids ever entered the picture. We were sort of the opposite of a shotgun wedding. But two daughters later, I can honestly say that I learn new things about him every day. Parenthood is funny that way. You start to see new sides and dimensions to someone you thought you knew inside and out. There are more than a few surprising things you can learn about your partner from your kids, and it can deepen your relationship with them that much more.
Seeing my bleary-eyed husband get up with my daughters in the wee hours of a Saturday morning and enthusiastically make them pancakes is one of my favorite things in the whole world. Not only because it means I get to go back to sleep, but it's a sight that I never could have imagined even just five years ago. Who is this strange man expertly flipping pancakes while making goofy faces to make my 20-month-old giggle? I really don't know, but I'm glad I married him.
If you too are seeing your partner through the lens of parenthood, here are five more things to look for that show there is a little more to them than meets the eye.