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Now and Then: How Love Changes Over Time

Love. It’s like fine wine — a good Bordeaux, perhaps. It changes and alters over time, and if we’re lucky, it gets better with age. More often than not, the love we first felt for our partner slowly evolves as kids, careers, and expanding dreams takes its toll on a relationship. To find out just how much love changes over time, we asked our favorite Babble bloggers what made them first fall in love with their partner — and what they’re in love with now. Find out what they had to say — and check out inspiring photos of the couples back on their wedding day and today,  after the jump!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • What I fell in love with then… 1 of 10
    What I fell in love with then...
    We fell in love with our dreams.
    — Ana Roca Castro, Bableando!
  • What I’m in love with now… 2 of 10
    What I'm in love with now...
    Eleven years and 4 kids later, we are in love with our daily chaos.
    — Ana Roca Castro, Bableando!
  • What I fell in love with then… 3 of 10
    What I fell in love with then...
    He was the first guy who just let me cry without trying to fix it.
    — Casey Mullins, Shutter Lovely
  • What I’m in love with now… 4 of 10
    What I'm in love with now...
    He knows how to take care of me through all my ugly, awkward,
    and dark.
    — Casey Mullins, Shutter Lovely
  • What I fell in love with then… 5 of 10
    What I fell in love with then...
    Mike is a rock — strong, organized, decisive. As a creative person, I needed someone like him to take my lofty ideas and make
    them happen.
    — Ilana Wiles, Toddler Times blogger
  • What I’m in love with now… 6 of 10
    What I'm in love with now...
    Mike is one of the most supportive people I have ever met. I mean, the man reads my blog every day. And I have no doubt that he will encourage our daughter in whatever dreams she wants to pursue
    as well.
    — Ilana Wiles, Toddler Times blogger
  • What I fell in love with then… 7 of 10
    What I fell in love with then...
    I fell in love with my husband because I could be myself, and he not only listened to me, he actually "got me." We talked for hours!
    — Jeannette Kaplun, Mamifesto
  • What I’m in love with now… 8 of 10
    What I'm in love with now...
    Today, he still gets me but I love him even more for his integrity and for being an amazing father and my biggest cheerleader. I would never be able to do what I do without his support.
    — Jeannette Kaplun, Mamifesto
  • What I fell in love with then… 9 of 10
    What I fell in love with then...
    Laughing hard, loving big, sharing dreams. I was a thousand-percent sure and so happy on this day.
    — Jessica Ashley, Sassafrass Says So
  • What I’m in love with now… 10 of 10
    What I'm in love with now...
    My own life. Ten years later, five years after leaving the man I married, my life is happier, healthier, and so much bigger than I could have dreamed on that day. I don't take it back, but I do realize all those things I fell in love with, I already had within me.
    — Jessica Ashley, Sassafrass Says So

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