By April Littleton
A rep for the Married with Jonas stars confirmed to UsMagazine.com that the happy couple are expecting their first child together. During a chat with E! News Tuesday, July 9, the singer said, “I was overjoyed. It’s been the most exciting thing in my life so far.” The duo met in 2007 while vacationing at the Bahamas and tied the knot two years later at Oheka Castle in New York’s Long Island.
What are some ways to prepare your relationship for parenthood?
Expecting a child for the first time is the most amazing thing you’ll ever experience, but it’s also one of the scariest. Going through a pregnancy for the first time is full of the unknown. You’re not sure what will happen, how it will affect your relationship or if you’ll be a good parent to your child when he/she finally comes into the world. The dynamic between you and your partner will definitely change. It won’t be just about you and your love anymore. Cupid has some advice:
1. Discuss the essentials: Before the baby comes, you should talk to your partner about how you were raised and how you would like to parent. They should also provide the same information to you. In order to prevent any future arguments on the subject, it’s important for the two of you to reach some sort of common ground on parenting techniques before the due date arrives. Talk about religion, dating, traditions, holidays, etc. If you reach a point in the discussion where you don’t agree on something, that’s where compromise comes in.
2. The money talk:¬†You and your significant other need to be financially ready in order to take care of this baby. As a couple, you will need to figure out how much money you will need to put away for the child. Will you set up a college saving account early? What about insurance before and after the baby is born? You also need to be able to cover everyday expenses like clothing, food and housing for you as well as the baby.
3. Do your research:¬†Take a few first-time parenting classes together. Make sure to leave some time to read a few baby books as well. Learning all you can about the pregnancy and about what’s to come once the baby is born will relief a lot of stress and anxiety.
How did you prepare your relationship for parenthood? Share your experience below.