Once the excitement of the honeymoon phase ends, what are you left with? If you’ve been feeling down because you’re no longer in the cutesy, romantic, can’t keep your hands off of each other phase, have no fear. It’s totally normal.
There are certain struggles only a couple of relationship pros would understand. Suddenly, sitcom jokes about relationships and, dare I say even marriage, seem much more relatable. These jokes would have gone right over your head while in the honeymoon phase. As relationship veterans, take comfort in the fact that not only will you understand this list, you’ll probably immediately send it to your significant other.
1. Having the earth shattering realization that girls poop
That’s right. We all do it. After the two year mark you’ll be lucky if she remembers to turn the fan on after leaving the bathroom.
2. Grooming becomes optional, not mandatory
Shaving is reserved for the first six months/summers only.
3. Privacy becomes a long lost luxury
All it took was one time while she was peeing and you needed to brush your teeth because you were running late, and then the threshold was crossed. There was no going back. At least you get to keep conversations going even when nature calls. Who closes the door anyway?
4. Period talk becomes way too normal
Most guys will pretend they know nothing about this mysterious and elusive visit from Mother Nature every month. But, when you’ve been dating long enough this will come up. There’s no avoiding it, it literally happens every month.
5. Having to plan your sex life around your period schedule
Unless you're into riding the crimson wave. To each their own.
6. The truth sometimes hurts
When she asks what you think of her outfit, you can truthfully say “that shirt makes you look like a flying squirrel” and she can’t even get mad because, well, she did ask (true story).
7. Netflix and Chill > Date Night
Sometimes you miss getting dolled up for a night on the town, but as soon as Netflix releases the new episode of Riverdale, you know exactly what you two will be doing Friday night.
8. Food becomes fair game
In the beginning you may have taken a fry from their plate. It was cute, and that's why they let you do it. But, after a year, your motto becomes: JOEY DOESN’T SHARE FOOD. Every man for himself.
9. Cuddling becomes less frequent
When you first started dating cuddling was mandatory. It wasn’t something you questioned. Now, you can finally execute the hug and roll to perfection as soon as your arm falls asleep and/or you begin to overheat.
10. You prioritize your sleeping strategy over late night cuddles
No more sacrificing a good night's sleep for the sake of the snugs. Claiming bed territory is key. Maintaining the right to the covers is trickier, but it can be done.
11. Hair is EVERYWHERE
And we're not just talking body hair. Girls with long hair are 100% more likely to have it accidentally caught/yanked/pulled and it's just something you must accept.
12. Long texts become obselete
Remember those long emoji filled cute text messages? Ain't nobody got time for that. When you're in for the long haul, the texts may increase in frequency but certainly not in substance.
13. You're still unable to agree on a place to eat
You would think that all these years of dating would have made you wiser, or at least more effecient at making decisions together. Nope. Not even a little bit. He wants pizza but you want sushi, but you know he wants pizza and in the end you go in circles until you're both hangry blobs.
14. Memories begin to blend together
Which is normally a good sign, right? You have so many memores together that you can't remember if that one time you went camping was last summer or the one before that or even the one before that? Time flies when you're having fun.
15. You get a lot of unsolicited advice
As your person, they hear a fair bit of complaining. It's only natural they want to offer solutions to your many many problems. Sometimes their solutions are not always tactful. If you complain about breaking out and they suggest you buy pro active, it's not necessarily an insult.
16. You have to concede when they're right
If you've been around the block, you know how to push their buttons. But you also know that you're not perfect either and sometimes it's best to let them win the argument (or at least let them think they did).