Ah, love’s young dream. What better feeling than the first throes of passion – when you can’t get enough of each other and spend your time in a constant bubble of fuzziness and butterflies. Dating is such fun – but, naturally, things settle down and sadly, the buzz of a new relationship quickly turns into the monotony of a stable one.

It’s not all bad news though, what you lack in excitement and butterflies you make up for in box sets and bickering – I jest of course, relationships are *amazing*, ahem.

So, how to tell that you’ve gone from casual dating to something more serious? 15 ways to tell you stepped over to the dark side …

1. You swap the high life for the sofa

Swanky bars and slap-up dinners? Perks of the first few months of dating and a cause for financial bankruptcy, in London at least, further down the line. Now your relationship is all about chilling out on the sofa, a quick pint down the pub or fortnightly date nights.

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Yeah *waves flag limply*

2. Sex is quick

But because you know exactly what you both like now, it is also highly efficient and concludes with the correct results every time. (read: orgasms)

3. You stop thinking about them all the time

Your partner that is, not orgasms. No one stops thinking about orgasms.

4. You have private jokes

Pet names, silly faces and a past that you share – all together now – ahhhh.

5. You bicker

Arguing isn’t a sign of a long-term relationship, bickering is. You know, who’s taking the rubbish out, towels on the floor, why he had to go out with his mates *again* this weekend … oh, the joys of coupledom.

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6. … but you make up

A cheeky smile, a kiss and a quick make-up bonk? Yes, the joys of coupledom.

7. You’ve met all their friends and don’t have to pretend to like his sister

And think nothing of spending two hours slagging off his mum, 10 minutes after she’s left the room.

Ahh, the relief.

8. He takes a dump while you have a bath

No explanation needed.

9. You take 10 minutes to get ready

Whereas pre date preparations used to take hours, nay, days, now he’d be lucky it you changed your knickers and put on a bit of clear mascara.

Just as well he likes the natural look.

10. You’ve seen him ill/drunk/angry/tearful/fart in his sleep

… And still fancy him.

11. You consult each other when you want a night out or weekend away

A stag weekend in Prague you say? Let me get back to you on that one.

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12. You talk about the future and nobody flinches

And words like marriage, mortgage and kids don’t freak anyone out.

13. You’re not jealous of each others ex’s

Because what you lack now in thrills you make up for in security.

14. You stopped celebrating your anniversary

because there’s been so many

15. … and blow jobs are a distant dream

Ok, maybe you don’t *completely* stop celebrating anniversaries.

This post was initially written for WeLoveDates.com.