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You know he’s the one, but does he feel the same? You think he does, but you’ve noticed he’s been acting a little strange lately — not just “strange because he’s a man,” but strange.
Well, it could be that your main heartthrob is about ready to pop the question! Yes! But we’re not too excited, are we? Yes, we are! Here are nine signs he’s probably going to propose soon.
1. He doesn’t dismiss your hints.
There’s nothing worse than a woman haggling a man over an engagement ring when he has no intentions of popping the question. So if you start dropping hints about ring styles you love, and he looks at you with adoration and not, “Not this nonsense again,” he might be ready to buy you a sparkling gem of a ring.
2. He plans his future with you in it.
If he’s talking about his future and not referencing it as, “One day down the line” or “When the time comes,” but instead is speaking about his life plans with you directly in line, he’s ready to commit to you for the long haul. Don’t be surprised if you find him on one knee, with a ring in one hand and yours in the other.
3. He makes a point to bring you around more.
Are you suddenly BFFs with his family? Are the family invites to events and dinners pouring in? Are you meeting obscure family members that he barely references or family members that he adores even if they live miles away? He’s grooming them — and you. Letting everyone get a chance to really know you is a sure sign he wants you around forever.
4. He’s working overtime.
Is he suddenly not available to cuddle and hang out so much because work is running him ragged? Does he seem a little stressed or tired? He may be working overtime to provide your hand and finger with the best ring this side of town.
5. He’s suddenly being secretive.
Is he being secretive, but not in an angry way? Simply taking steps to go somewhere or hunting online, yet refusing to let you look? Someone may be ring shopping.
6. He refers to you as “the wife.”
If he calls you “The Wife,” and not in an annoying or sarcastic way, he’s putting vibes out into the world that he already sees you as his special lifelong love. A ring is the next natural step.
7. He asks you about your future.
Suddenly, homeboy is talking to you about your future wants. We all know men can avoid deep conversation and commitment like the plague, but if he’s reaching out to you to open the conversation, he’s putting the feelers out to see if you’re ready and willing to be with him forever.
8. All his friends are getting married.
Does he surround himself with a ton of married guys or have friends who are about to walk down the aisle? This is a man whose core group values commitment, which most likely means so does he. The bachelor is most likely not schmoozing with a bunch of married guys because he needs people to go out and flirt with. If your guy is hanging with committed dudes, he wants a commitment as well.
9. He tells you straight-up.
If you’re the eager beaver looking for some reassurance of his commitment to you and he’s willingly sharing that he’s in it to win it, then be patient. That ring will come.
This article originally appeared on YourTango.