Not everyone has a proper chat to confirm they are an “official” couple, it’s just assumed (largely because you spend every waking moment together).
But whether you need to have the exclusivity talk or not, important questions to ask after dating for 3 months involve how you see your future together.
It’s a good idea to check in and see where you both see this going. Do you want the same things? Do you share the same relationship goals?
Ignoring important values and beliefs over relationships in the earlier stages will come back and bite you in the ass later on.
11) Fewer dates and more Netflix
Romance doesn’t need to die completely, but our definition of a good time might change a few months into a relationship.
Perhaps you pulled out all the stops to impress in the early days. You had romantic dinners, picnics in the park, rooftop bar cocktails at sunset.
It’s not just hard on your wallet to sustain the thrill of the early dates. Most of us actually enjoy the slower pace of relationship life.
3 months into a relationship you’re snuggling on the couch on a Friday night and ordering pizza. But you wouldn’t want it any other way.
These cozy evenings and more humble ways of spending time together reflect that you don’t need glitz and glamour to enjoy each other’s company.
The early stages of dating are usually pretty solo. You spend time together as a couple on your own whilst you get to know one another.
But after a few months, you have probably started to introduce other people into the picture. That means meeting friends and other significant people in each other’s lives.
It’s a big step to bring people into the fold, but it will also help strengthen your bond as a couple.
The longer we spend with someone the more our lives will naturally integrate as we create networks as a couple rather than a single.
13) You progress past the early honeymoon phase
The honeymoon phase of a relationship doesn’t have a defined period of time for how long it lasts. Experts say it’s usually anywhere from two months to two years.
It not only depends on the couple, but also how accelerated the getting to know you part has been, and how much time you’ve spent together.
The first few months of any relationship are usually the most thrilling. It’s always exciting to explore new things – and the same is true of people.
Your lust for one another, driven by the sex hormones testosterone and estrogen can leave you feeling in a euphoric daze.
Meanwhile, your attraction to one another brings with it an increased amount of dopamine to your system, which is otherwise known as the happy hormone, and increases well-being.
This accounts for why the first few months of a relationship can feel exhilarating, to the point of being all-consuming.
But if you’ve already been seeing each other regularly for a while now, then you may find that the novelty wears off. It may sound incredibly unromantic, but it’s also reality.
Perhaps Mother Nature knows what she is doing because as good as it feels, it’s not a practical way to live long-term.
When the honeymoon stage dies down, some couples mistake this natural change as their feelings wearing off. It’s one of the reasons why so many people split at the end of the honeymoon period.
Surviving this shift in the relationship comes down to having realistic expectations of what love is, rather than unfair fairytales expectations.