Mark is accusing me of breaking my vows to him as a husband. He claims that I promised to never allow our house to look like it had been overtaken with toys once we had kids. He feels betrayed that our living room is looking less like a well-designed space, and more like a daycare center.

Mark, I admit. I have failed you. I have not lived up to the expectations that either of us had for our home. When I see the amount of primary colored plastic I have allowed into our living room, I am also ashamed. We are looking less Design Within Reach and more Romper Room these days. I am trying to make a change, but change is difficult. I am not proud of it, either. I hope we can work through this difficult stage of our relationship.