The 10 Best Things About Being a Newlywed

I’ve had some time to think about marriage recently, and I’ve compiled a list that I thought was important enough to share with all of you. Ready? Let’s go.

(Note: This list is not at all intended to be taken totally seriously, unless of course, you are a newlywed, or can remember being one, and thus, you can remember the complicated sense of annoyed-joy that goes along with many of these “bests.”)

(Another note. If written sarcasm gives you trouble, and it does for a lot of us, then here’s a hint: most of this is written with the sarcastic undertones of a writer who has had an incredibly frustrating day, and yet is trying desperately to cling to the optimistic, happy bursts of energy that get me through each day.)

1. It’s awesome how poor newlyweds are! I love that the most extravagant splurge we make each week is deciding which low-to-moderately-priced restaurant we want to eat at for the one meal each week that we budget not eating at home for. This makes it incredibly easy to explore all the coolest and hippest places in this great big city that we call home.

2. Hand-me-down furniture matches so well! Luckily, my style is pretty eclectic so I actually like a lot of the pieces we’re slowly starting to collect. However, Hubs isn’t so lucky. He typically likes things more sleek and modern. Not something that’s easy to find at thrift shops, garage sales, and in our parents’ basements.

3. Sharing a bathroom for the first time with a member of the opposite sex isn’t at all awkward! We live in a one bedroom apartment with one bathroom. There’s not a lot of sound-proofing, or smell-proofing, that goes along with a situation like that. Oh, and there’s long hairs on nearly every surface in there, no matter how often I try to clean them up. I’m sure Hubs is wondering how there’s still any hair left on my head after I’ve shed all over everything for the past year.

4. Sleeping in the same bed with someone for the first time after 20+ years of not sharing the covers is such an easy adjustment to make! You guys that have been married for a bunch of years don’t fight over the sheets, talk in your sleep, kick each other in the shins, accidentally put an elbow in someone’s ear or eye in the middle of the night, or blow morning breath in each others’ faces often enough. You should try doing all those things again. It will really help rekindle the romance in your lives, I’m sure of it. It also helps you be super sweet to each other when a fight breaks out after a bad night’s sleep.

5. People expect us to start having kids any day now, which is awesome. I love dreaming about the future, but I also like sleeping through the night and not spending hundreds of dollars on diapers every month. See numbers 1 and 4 if you need clarification on those two things again.

6. We get to experience a whole bunch of new things all the time that make us grumpy. When you’ve only lived together a short time, it’s easy to always find new ways to annoy each other. We’re learning how to avoid these things, but there are bound to be plenty of more new fights before we’ve “had them all.”

7. It’s acceptable to be lovely-dovey in public. Nothing says “I love you,” like a bold pat on the tushie or a big kiss while waiting in line at the grocery store.

8. Almost all of our photos are professionally taken, so they look great. We don’t have any kids so almost all of our photo frames are full of pictures of us. Most of those were taken on our wedding day. They are beautiful, but I wonder how long it’s acceptable to only display photos of our wedding in our home.

9. Almost all recipes require a special trip to the store because we don’t have a built-up pantry. I love finding awesome recipes I want to make that night and then realizing we don’t have like half of the ingredients!

10. None of these other things really matter that much because marriage is a journey that I’m happy to be on with my best friend. Yes, we fight, and yes we have some unfortunate moments. But, overall, I’d say that we’ve learned more than we ever planned to, and love each other more now than we did before. We’re patient, most of the time, and happy, almost all of the time, too, so there’s really nothing to complain about.

And about the other nine items on my list? We’ll get through them. But if you have advice, we’d love to hear it!

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8 thoughts on “The 10 Best Things About Being a Newlywed

  1. Oh my gosh this is so funny! we are 3 years into marriage and I can SO remember going through most of these!!! 🙂 Marriage is such a fun adventure, just keep smiling and laughing together, and even crying together!!! 🙂

    • Glad you can still relate! I’m hoping we’ll look back on all these crazy memories and laugh one day. We’re laughing now, so I’d say that’s a pretty good start. And thanks for the comment!

  2. Laura

    I love it, and can definitely relate! Number 8 is one of my faves, we got married in Sept and all of the pics around the house are from the wedding and I do wonder how long it is appropriate for those to be the only ones around!! All of its been an adjustment but so far so good!

    • Gotta love those wedding pictures. Still, it makes me happy every time I stop to look at them, so I guess there’s some good to be found in the lack of variety. Good luck with all your newlywed adventures, too!

  3. Mom

    Hey I remember all of these! And good or bad, let me just say that many of them are still around after 30+years….at least in our marriage. Love you sweetie

    • ha! Well, I guess I could see that some of these won’t change. But I imagine that some will! No one asks you if you’re ready to start having kids…though they might give you grief about grandkids!

  4. I’ve been married for 8 years now, and #4 still applies to us. No matter how used to each other you are, there are still nights when crazy things happen…and I don’t mean in the “wink wink nudge nudge” department! 😛

    • That’s great! Ha! I’m glad that we’re not the only ones that struggle with sharing a bed sometimes, though I’m also a little concerned about our future sleeping habits since I thought it would calm down but I seem to be hearing otherwise! Oh well! I still love him!

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