Even though my spouse and I were together for quite some time before we had our first baby, and though I had plenty of notice that our relationship would change after said baby arrived, I still couldn’t predict all the ways I saw my partner differently after I gave birth.
I’m going to try not to make this a lovey-dovey ode to my partner, I really am. However, for context, we’ve been together for more than 12 years, and even before we were an item,I crushed hard on him for what felt like eons (like, so hard that my friends staged interventions). Yet, it all worked out and here we are, years after we met in a very "college" way (that may or may not have involved red solo cups) currently navigating the trials and tribulations of parenthood.
I joked during my first pregnancy that one of the things I was most excited for was seeing my husband wear our son (well, that, and seeing our baby in a tiny hat with animal ears on top, but I digress), so it’s not like I was totally unaware there was a transformation on the horizon for us both. Still, even the inkling of change couldn't have prepared me or helped me adequately predict just how it would all play out.