While there are countless beautiful things about having a baby, many new parents are surprised to find that this event can sap much of the energy from a good marriage. The common assumption that having a baby always brings a couple closer together is often sadly mistaken. Sure, some new parents become closer during this stage, but these are the lucky few. For most, early parenthood is a time in which the marriage must be put on the backburner in favor of the new child. This can be difficult for parents, but it does not have to be devastating.