10/21/2013 06:50 pm ET

Why Your First Year of Marriage Should Not Be the Hardest


Not too long ago, I was chatting with a seasoned wife and momma-to-be for the second time. We were talking, as wives and moms are wont to do, about how much our lives and marriages had changed once our babies arrived on the scene.

We both fell into the simultaneous baby and marriage all-in-one-fell-swoop category, with a few lines on the pregnancy test showing up before we walked down the aisle (oops).

“Yeah,” my friend said, shaking her head slightly as she looked back on the first year of marriage. “That was tough.”

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