Dating milestones

Now there are ways to mitigate the potential cluster of emotions that can come up around the half-year mark in your relationship — but it starts all the way back when you and your partner coupled up. "If you start communicating about how you feel from the beginning [of your relationship], you'll likely already be talking about things that could become issues six months in.

If you never talk about your feelings, and then you and your partner are already very involved, it's more difficult to discuss big topics if they're coming out of nowhere."If you haven't already, Russo says that this is a good time to see your partner in different contexts.

You go to his house and check out his bookshelf and count copies of .

But really it's your first real date because last time was just to make sure he wasn't a serial killer.5.

"It's insightful to see them with their friends or with their family, if you feel like that's appropriate on your timeline," she says.

Some call it the end of the "honeymoon phase." Others might scratch their heads over how, suddenly, shit in their relationship is starting to hit the fan.

Your cat or dog either immediately starts humping his leg (dog) or ignores him forever (cat).

You laugh at their terrible jokes and scope out which ones could potentially take Susan's virginity.

For farts, that should happen in the first 2 – 3 months, as there’s bound to be a time when you won’t be able to hold it in.

Talking about going to the bathroom should happen 4 months in, but some men tend to do that as soon as they possibly can.

No matter how long you’ve been together, there’s a milestone or two you should be crossing. While there’s no rule for when you should be able to accomplish something in a relationship, it’s still a good idea to know if your relationship is progressing the way most normal relationships do.

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