After Rachel and Matthew had their first child, they had a couple of fights. Well, okay, more than a couple—they fought for over three years. They fought about schedules. They fought about bad habits. They fought about feeling unloved.
They even fought about the lawn mower.
And besides actually having their child, it was the best thing that could’ve happened.
Chronicling their greatest hits, from the Muffin Incident to the Great Birth Control Debate to the Divorce Joke Showdown, Fights You’ll Have After Having a Baby is a post-partem story with hope. It offers relatable experiences, nitty-gritty advice and, most important, a nuanced understanding of what it takes to be married with children.
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Part One: Everyone Told Me It Was Normal to Be Nervous
Part Two: Only That Room and Nothing More
Part Three: The Muffin Incident
Part Four: The Only Bad Advice Is the Advice That Doesn’t Work
Part Five: We Were Among the Lucky Ones, And We Knew It
Part Six: The Bubble Popped
Part Seven: Change Your Story
Part Eight: The Post-Baby Brawl
Part Nine: I Can Be Mad, But Not Fight. Wow.
Part Ten: Don’t Fight. Just Talk Instead.
Part Eleven: The Lawn Mower Outburst
Part Twelve: I Loved That My Job Was Loving
Part Thirteen: Don’t Make It Into a Big Deal
Part Fourteen: The Fun-Loving Dad Was Becoming a Father
Part Fifteen: The Unfight
Part Sixteen: Be Uncomfortably Nice
Part Seventeen: The Great Birth Control Debate
Part Eighteen: Shamelessly Bargain (And Always Have a Bottom Line)
Part Nineteen: I Put My Head Down, and Got Through It
Part Twenty: The Unmistakable Sound of Breaking Glass
Part Twenty-One: Apologize Every Chance You Get
Part Twenty-Two: It Happened Because of the Dishes
Part Twenty-Three: I’m Sorry I Nagged. Can You Do the Dishes?
Part Twenty-Four: Change Your Partner the Right Way
Part Twenty-Five: Suddenly, I Have a Modern Husband
Part Twenty-Six: Brush Up on Your Endocrinology
Part Twenty-Seven: The Bad Wife Blowout
Part Twenty-Eight: Is It Giving Up or Is It Letting Go?
Part Twenty-Nine: Don’t Defend Yourself
Part Thirty: The Classic Food Fight
Part Thirty-One: It Was Well Worth the Trouble, We Decided
Part Thirty-Two: Appreciate the Gift
Part Thirty-Three: Appendix One: The Cheat Sheet
Part Thirty-Four: Appendix Two: Replacement Statements
Part Thirty-Five: Appendix Three: Common Questions
Part Thirty-Six: Appendix Four: Even More Advice
Part Thirty-Seven: Appendix Five: Recommended Reading
Part Thirty-Eight: Appendix Six: “Venus on Fire, Mars on Ice” Book Notes
Part Thirty-Nine: Appendix Seven: “For Better” Book Notes
Part Forty: Appendix Eight: “The Feeling Good Handbook” Book Notes
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