Maybe even the after effects of oldest child syndrome.
Either way, I have this funny little concern about people thinking I'm a silly young thing who doesn't know a thing or two about which way is up. I just don't like it. At all.
It's this silly self-consciousness that has caused my husband a lot of smirking in the last month as we introduce ourselves to the new neighbors. I don't have enough fingers to count how many times someone has asked us if we are newlyweds (just waiting to ohh and ahh like we are cute babies for my response. Bleck).
Don't get me wrong, I'm not anti-marriage. It's the best thing I ever did. I just want to skip quickly past the part where everyone thinks of all the awkward moments and figuring things out you have to go through as a newlywed and how people shake their heads and tsk tsk and think "those poor kids don't know what they're getting themselves into" and go straight to the grey haired sage stage (I've always been old at heart).
So let me ask you, at what point do you stop being a newlywed?
Is it when the wife stops burning dinner? If so, I just might be an eternal newlywed.
Is it when you stop sitting next to each other on the couch? Because we've got that covered.
Is it when you have a child? We don't have any kids.
What if you make a honeymoon baby, are you immediately dubbed "experienced?" I think I'm probably more experienced than this couple... in all marital duties minus the children part.
Is it at a certain year mark? One year? Two years? Three years? How about four? Consider for me the fact that within four years people graduate from high school or college, have time enough to walk around the world, and develop from immobile infancy to hyperactive chatty children. Four years sounds like an awful long time to gain experience to me people...
Can I be experienced now please? I promise I know what I'm doing.