In both of my full-term pregnancies, my partner and I experienced what I refer to as "the dark times." This is when I'm near that blessed due date finish line, undoubtedly at my most miserable, and we're arguing over every last thing. Some fights every couple has in the third trimester may, or may not, include ridiculously petty nitpicking because, well, hormones. I wish I had a better excuse, but in my case hormones ruled all. Well, hormones and the physical ailments from a growing baby smashed up against my ribcage, swollen feet that made walking impossible, and all the bathroom breaks. OK, clearly it wasn't just the hormones.
The first time I experienced the third trimester, I wasn't prepared for the way my relationship would change as my partner and I approached parenthood. Nerves officially set in the closer got to my due date, and the fights about dumb stuff became more and more frequent. Luckily, this phase passes, but for my partner and I the damn third trimester "dark times" feel like the longest part of any pregnancy.
Of those fights, I can honestly say not a single one of them matters now. Really. They're insignificant blips of in-the-moment fury that evaporate once I've moved onto something else — like having the damn baby. It's all part of this beautiful thing called pregnancy, I guess. With that, here's some of the absurd, time-wasting, pointless fights we, and every couple, as during the dark times. Er, I mean third trimester.