People often say that the first year of marriage is the hardest. One reason for this is perhaps that the reality of spending the rest of your life with somebody really sets in and that can be scary. A lot of people think that once you’re married, you’ve been through all of the major milestones in life and it’s easy to fall into a bit of a rut. But if you’ve recently gotten married, you don’t need to worry about that because in reality, marriage is just the beginning and you’ve got a lot of exciting new challenges to face together. These are the biggest marriage milestones that you have to look forward to.
Your First Anniversary
The first year of marriage can be incredibly tough and a lot of couples really struggle with it. But when you make it through, it’s such a great feeling. You can buy one another the first of many wedding anniversary gifts and enjoy a wonderful celebration. For a lot of couples, it’s after this first anniversary that the fears start to subside and they really start to enjoy married life together without worrying about whether they will stay together.
Your First Surprise
A lot of people assume that when you get married, you already know everything about your partner but that isn’t true. That’s why it’s such a great moment when your spouse surprises you for the first time. It may be something so small like finding out that they’re allergic to a certain food or that they have an interest or hobby that you didn’t know about before. It’s a great moment because it shows you that things aren’t stale between you and you can always keep surprising one another.
Your First Child
This is a milestone that you’ve probably already thought about. Having your first child together and learning how to forge a good relationship with them is so exciting. There are going to be a lot of challenges along the way but there’s no feeling that really comes close to holding your child for the very first time. It’s likely that you’ll make some mistakes and there will be some arguments but having your first child is the start of an amazing journey together.
Your Children Leaving Home
When you start a family it feels like the kids take over everything and your lives are sort of put on hold for a little bit. A lot of couples struggle in this period because they don’t have as much time for one another and things can get a little stale. That’s why your children leaving home is a big milestone. It’s sad, of course, but at the same time it’s very exciting because it can give your marriage a complete refresh. You’ll have more time to spend together and do a lot of things that you couldn’t always do because you had children.
If you worry that marriage is the last big milestone that you will have with your partner, it isn’t, there are so many great milestones along the way.