How couples go about deciding to have a baby light: pregnancy medium: 6 months after birth dark: 18 months after birth. Planners: about 52% of couples fall into this group (of planners) Acceptance-of-fate: didn"t plan to have a child but then become okay with it. Yes-no: one partner wants to have a child, the other does not. Strong feelings for and against having a child. Show more decline over time but start higher than everyone else. Examined trajectories of marital satisfaction in 156 couples. Compared new parents to voluntarily childless couples. Larger declines across a year for parents as compared to nonparents. Try to have both partners on board. Fathers have been becoming more involved over time. Conflicting on what they should be doing. Mothers are expected to do it all. Society brings a lot of expectations on what should be happening. Actual division of household labor not always linked to marital satisfaction.