No matter how happy you and your partner were before becoming parents, babies have a way of shaking things up. Once baby enters the picture, the person you loved to cuddle on the couch with can turn into one of your biggest adversaries. There are some fights every couple has in the first week of parenting. And although the conflict usually gets resolved well before baby's first birthday, these little issues can really take a toll on your relationship when you're in the thick of it.
Don't be surprised if things aren't always peaceful while your family is settling in and getting used to your new life at home with baby. The stress of trying to decode a newborn baby's cries coupled with the lack of sleep can leave even the most even-tempered person on edge. Deciding who will get up for late-night feedings, who's turn it is for diaper duty, and who deserves some free time to recharge are among some of the most common things couples fight about when they add a new baby to their family.
But with a little bit of patience and a lot of communication, you and your partner can work through these issues and find a comfortable rhythm that works for everyone. Try spreading the work around — especially diaper duty — to make sure no one feels like they are doing all of the dirty work. By talking through the issues, you can make sure that those first week fights are soon a thing of the past.