One of the most ridiculous reasons I’ve ever been mad at my husband was because he was acting too cheerfully when I was feeling grumpy. He was singing while he did chores around the house, preventing me from fully wallowing in my sour mood and hiding in my Oscar The Grouch garbage can. After I actually growled at him to “STOP SINGING,” he stopped and looked at me, giving me the most blatant (and valid) “seriously?!” face I’ve ever been on the receiving end of. It was not my proudest moment and it’s one that he still gives me a hard time about it, and rightfully so. I swear, I’m usually quite pleasant! But sometimes, the right buttons get pushed. It can—and does—happen to all of us. When you have a new baby, it can—and does—happen to all of us more often than pretty much any other time in our lives. And who better to take our misplaced tension out on than our beloved life partner?
Here are 7 of the most common avenues by which you and your partner will unload that totally ~fun and sexy~ excess stress onto one another during your first year as parents.