8 Ways Your Relationship With Your Partner Changes After Baby

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1. Your lazy weekends together are now the stuff of legends.

Remember how you two used to wake up at 10 a.m. on a Saturday, congratulate yourselves for getting up “early,” head to a leisurely brunch (45-minute wait? Who cares, you’ve got nothing else to do!), and then stroll through your neighborhood farmer’s market, sampling artisanal pickles and buying some fresh flowers before heading out to a happy hour that magically stretched late into the night? These are now the “remember when” stories you tell each other as you tag-team a diaper change at 5 a.m. on a Saturday. Or is it Sunday? It doesn’t matter; you won’t have your weekends back to yourselves for another 18 years.

2. Date night ends at 11 p.m., and it’s gonna cost you.

Remember when you used to willingly shove yourself into Spanx and heels for a night out, or watch the sun come up without the feeling of panic swirling in your stomach? Yeah, not anymore. You’re lucky if you even get out of the house together without your kid at all, and if you do, a quick trip down to your local bar for a drink feels like a luxurious night on the town. As long as you make it home early enough to get some sleep, because that’s the only way you two will survive the 5 a.m. wake-up scream you know is coming.

Plus, there’s often a hefty price tag attached to your date night, and so you gotta decide: Is it worth the money? The cost of a babysitter can make a quick night out for burgers and a movie cost as much as a new purse. A nice new purse. Do you really want to spend $80, plus the price of tickets, just to see the new Star Wars in the theater? Welcome to the dark side … of going out as parents.relationships,relationships,relationships

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