In India, arranged marriages form an integral part of our culture. I had grown up with the dream of falling deeply in love with the man my parents would choose for me. When I look back now, I admit it was a gamble. But fortunately, the quintessential arranged marriage I chose worked for me. My husband and I decided to marry each other after only a brief conversation we had for five minutes. But the journey of getting to know each other and discovering unsaid facts has been mesmerizing.
Our relationship has witnessed three stages, and each of them is quite different from the other.
Stage one – when he was my fiancé. He was loving, gentle, caring and I suspected he was putting his best behaviour forward. (How I wish I could fly back to that phase).
Stage two – when the loving fiancé became a protective yet supportive husband.
Stage three – when my husband became our baby’s dad. Now this one was quite a change. I wouldn’t deny for a moment that we loved each other like never before after our baby was born. But there was definitely a significant change in our relationship. We were now PARENTS.
Here I list down five rules of marriage which one cannot overlook after the arrival of the baby. These are the only ways to ensure that your marriage does not suffer after motherhood: