Having a baby changes a relationship. When a couple choose to start a family, the extra person — especially a demanding and adorable bundle of joy — can test even the strongest of bonds. We asked readers to share their experiences, and here's how they chimed in.
- When a baby debuts, parents are smitten. Eighty-three percent of our moms said their attention shifted from their partner to their child.
- A person doesn't really know what type of parent her spouse will be until it happens, but most can imagine. Seventy percent of our moms said their partner was the parent they envisioned.
- It's easy for things to be "even" when a couple just has to worry about themselves, but when children enter the mix one parent may end up doing a bit more than the other. In some cases, a lot more. Fifty-three percent of our moms said they work with their partner to keep things balanced.
- Sleep is for moms who are shut-eye deprived! Getting up with a tot can take its toll on parents. Eighty percent of our moms said having a child hindered their intimate time.
- Life before kids is much simpler for most couples. When it's time to tend to baby, shuttle the kiddos to school, work, map out the family calendar, balance the finances, and sneak in quality time, 58 percent of our moms admit to missing the old days.