I've officially been married for 8 and a half months. And while there have been many ups and downs even this early on, the main thing I strive to do is be the best wife I can be. This is tough for two reasons.
1. I was an only child growing up.
Because of this, I am unaware of how to share things. I thought I mastered this skill in preschool, but apparently it doesn't stick unless you have to share for more than 12 hours a week. I don't like to share my pillow, my Hawaiian Punch, my hot water, and other various things. But I'm working on it :)
2. I was sheltered growing up.
While I love my parents more than any daughter has ever loved her parents and I'm very close with them, I'm the first one to admit that I was too protected and babied as I grew up. I'm not talking about being spoiled with toys and clothes and cars (because that is an entirely different issue, and I do not believe I was any more spoiled than any of my friends with siblings), I'm talking about life skills. When I got married, I was unable to cook anything other than Kraft mac and cheese, PB&J, and hot dogs. (Ok, it wasn't QUITE that bad...but seriously close.) I also didn't understand how medical and car insurance works, and had no clue about how to go about applying for a loan to buy our first house.
But I think I've grown a little in the last 8 months. We've recently bought a brand new SUV, bought an amazing house, I finished college and have gotten my first full-time job in my chosen field, and I've recently picked up a new hobby...COOKING! We now have a variety of dinners to choose from each night, instead of my three former staples. I probably sound so completely incompetant and stupid, but I'm really trying here. And I really just want to be the best wife and make my husband happy and proud :)