After we got married I realized that no matter how much you prepare you really won't know what marriage is like until you're in it.
Craig and I dated for six years so I figured we wouldn't experience many surprises....but I was wrong. I'm still learning new things about him daily.
BUT....while I think that marriage is a "learn as you go" kind of thing, I wanted to share one thing that I (REALLY) wish someone would've told me before I got married.
You don't have to be perfect.
You are NOT freaking Martha Stewart
and you don't have to be!
I had all these notions about what a wife is "supposed" to do and how she's supposed to act. Craig and I had never lived together, so it was kind of like playing house at first. I had no idea how to cook. I know a lot of people say that, but I had literally burned water prior to saying my "I Do's". BUT...for some crazy reason I thought that as soon as Craig carried me across the threshold of our new home I was supposed to instantly be Suzy Homemaker: cooking (in an apron, heels and pearls no less!), cleaning, and organizing our busy social life.
I decided (in what must have been a moment of pure insanity) that I was going to make a different meal every night. This lasted for the first 3 months until I finally thought I was going to go homicidal on someone if I had to sauté another clove of garlic.
I was literally coming home from work at 4:00 every day and I'd start cooking dinner, which usually took 2-3 hours (due to my inexperience) and after that I'd do dishes and clean any other parts of the house that had been neglected. Our house was so clean you could literally eat off the floors and toilets. Sounds great, but I was miserable and it made me into a total beyotch.
I became really resentful toward Craig about all the "tasks" I had to do while he was sitting around relaxing. Eventually Craig told me that I needed to chill the heck out and that he'd rather have a sink full of dishes and a happy wife to sit and watch TV with him.
At first this was difficult because of my OCD tendencies, but now our house is much messier, but I am much happier.
Moral of the story:
You don't have to be the perfect housewife.
Your husband will love you anyway.
Did you learn any tough lessons when you first got married?