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How can you tell if your boyfriend is about to pop the question?

 

You’ve been dating your dude for a few years now, and things are going pretty fabulously. Sure, you’ve had your ups and downs (what couple hasn’t?) – like when he failed to offer help with the soft chicken tacos you made for dinner the other night. But even through the petty fights, the occasional snappy remarks, and the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos he left on the couch, you know that you two are 100% better together. And guess what? He might just feel the same way, and could even be looking to take your relationship to the next level—the very big next level. You know, the one with the gargantuan cake, the fluffy dress, and the drunk, dancing grandpa? Here are five signs your guy is already picking out a sparkly gift just for you and your finger:

1. He’s going above and beyond.

He took out the trash even though it was your turn; he cooked steaks to make up for the chicken taco incident; he’s extra sweet to you when you get home from work. WTF is going on?

Did he spend rent money on a new motorcycle?
Yeah, that’s a (frightening) possibility, but if you’ve built a strong relationship and marriage has been in the talks for some time now, he’s most likely buttering you up for the big question. And that’s a hell of a lot better than a Harley.

2. He’s being sneaky.

You’ve noticed that he’s been disappearing more frequently to “run errands.” Before you think “OMG he’s cheating,” take a ten-second breather and consider the possibility that he’s looking for a high-quality jewelry shop (Zales just won’t do) or asking your dad for his permission. He may even be organizing an epic flash mob. Dare to dream.

And if you really can’t get past the thought that he might be doing some bad s*** instead of picking out a tux? Ask him, straight up. He might not admit to planning a proposal, but you'll know by his response if he's being naughty or nice.

3. He’s dropping hints like Taylor Swift drops singles.

Last week he said he wanted to name his first son "Fred" (yeah, you'll work on that). Last night he talked about how much he loves your parents. And this morning, he said he thought you’d look really pretty in a fancy dress….

Okay, this might all be in your head -- but the fact that he’s thinking about kids, your parents and a ball gown gives you reason to believe that he’s thinking about potential nuptials. Egg him on a bit by gazing longingly at your ring finger when you know he’s watching.

4. He’s excited about a planned event.

He really, really, really wants to take you to the beach—and you’re like, “OK … do I need to go out and buy a new bikini or something?!” Or maybe he made dinner reservations for Friday night and he wants you to wear that killer red dress hiding away in the back of your closet, reserved only for super special occasions.

And indeed, the occasion may just be super special. If he’s dead set on the perfect location and time, he’s going to be extra pumped and pushy for it. Just roll with it. Splurge on a new bikini; don the crimson dress fit for a goddess. It could be your big night.

5. He’s getting his life in order.

He knows that you two can’t get married until he improves his credit score, and then, suddenly, you see that he’s actually working (really hard!) to fix it. Or maybe you think he’s just not living up to his potential in terms of career (you know he’s way too smart for his crappy job) and you catch him on SimplyHired.com when he thinks you’re asleep.

If he’s working to improve himself, it may be because he knows good family-men have their lives in order. Applaud his efforts by cooking those chicken tacos all by yourself for the next three weeks. And while sautéing the bell peppers, you can begin making mental notes of bridal boutiques to check out.


By Ashley McDonald

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