• 10 Things You Should Know About the First Year of Marriage
  • 10 Things You Should Know About the First Year of Marriage: You might feel like a kid playing grown-up.
  • 10 Things You Should Know About the First Year of Marriage: You'll feel as if you are forgetting something all the time.
  • 10 Things You Should Know About the First Year of Marriage - The baby hints will start immediately.
  • 10 Things You Should Know About the First Year of Marriage - You will fight and make up (again and again).
  • 10 Things You Should Know About the First Year of Marriage - Your relationship with your in-laws is a marathon, not a sprint.
  • 10 Things You Should Know About the First Year of Marriage - You might miss your mom.
  • 10 Things You Should Know About the First Year of Marriage - Sex will become a little, um...familiar.
  • 10 Things You Should Know About the First Year of Marriage - You'll discover a
  • 10 Things You Should Know About the First Year of Marriage - He may get you a horrible present.
  • 10 Things You Should Know About the First Year of Marriage - It's really important to take a vacation.
Jenna McCarthy is the author of If It Was Easy They'd Call the Whole Damn Thing a Honeymoon: Living with and Loving the TV-Addicted, Sex-Obsessed, Not-So-Handy Man You Married (Berkley Books)

10 Things You Should Know About the First Year of Marriage

It won't all be cake and flowers, but it can be the best year of your life together so far.

10. He may get you a horrible present.
We're not saying that this is going to happen, but there's a decent chance that at some point in the next year, you may be given an incredibly unromantic gift like a coffeepot or a Bowflex. One word here: training. Men, left to their own devices, tend to buy presents they either think we "need" or would like to receive themselves. However, when they're provided with very clear, detailed directions to your favorite store and very specific instructions about what to purchase, there's a decent chance they'll turn up with something fabulous, frivolous, and maybe even sparkly. Here's another helpful word: incentive. Reward him properly, and you'll be swimming in things you love before you know it. Photo: Getty Images