I’m having a late start to the week because my husband and I had an extended celebration of our one year anniversary on Monday :) After being apart for the weekend, we spent the earlier part of this week reconnecting with a little quiet time, indulging in delicious dinners, and even getting dressed up to go on a date to the casino (a somewhat rare event as elaborated upon in #5). I now realize that pretty much nobody else gets dressed up to go to the casino, at least not during the week. I’ve also learned where all the old folks party on a Monday night! But that’s besides the point. We’re not big gamblers so we were pleased to walk outta there $10 up at the end of the night after playing a few exciting hands of Blackjack.
Anyway, we were chatting and reminiscing about our first year of marriage and joking about the things we’ve learned about each other since living together. So, in honour of our one year wedding anniversary, I’m skipping the mushy gushy post about him being the love of my life (I already scored +10 good wife points for writing him a super sweet card) and going straight into my roundup of 5 things you learn when you move in with your man.
1. If you didn’t know up until that point, once you move in together you will soon learn what the other’s farts smell like. And while we’re at it, let’s just throw it out there that you’ll also learn their poo schedules too. Maybe you’ll be really lucky like us and live in a one bedroom apartment where you’re in each other’s faces the whole time, and if that is the case, the pretense is up baby. There is nowhere to hide. I remember when Matthew and I were dating, we would spent “weekend dates” together as he was based in North Carolina and I was going to university in Canada. And I swear I could hold my poo for the whole weekend lest my boyfriend learn that girls actually do, in fact, fart and poop on a regular basis! But now we’re at the point where there is no shame. #TMI? #Sorrynotsorry.
2. While we’re on the bathroom talk, I might as well add that sometimes you get lazy when you go to the bathroom and stop closing the door. Before when we were staying in hotels or short-term rentals together, that bathroom door was always sealed shut. Now that we live together (when it comes to peeing at least), we’re definitely way lazier about closing the door. Shameface. Heather wrote a really funny post about what she calls her pee policy if you’re
4. Boys get to eat all the fun stuff in the world yet miraculously don’t gain weight. Okay this is kind of a huge overstatement but you know what I mean. I think most of us would agree that guys get to be a lot more relaxed about their diets (or lack thereof) and (gasp!) even take protein supplements to help them gain weight. Now that
5. Date nights turn into late night stay-at-home hangouts instead of late night drinks and dancing. All of a sudden you cross the magical threshold from singledom to coupleland, where sweatpants and ponytails are celebrated, and the suggestion of getting dressed up to go mingle at the bar is often met with a scrunchy nosed “hmmm…” kind of face. Of course, sometimes it’s lovely to have a proper date night here and there, but when you move in together there is a good chance you’ll grow more introverted and not only enjoy, but dare I say, prefer lowkey hangouts cuddled up together on the couch.
What about you - what insights have you learned from moving in with your partner?