No matter how perfect your new partner seems, no one is really perfect. Don't put him on a pedestal and set unrealistic expectations. Know that you are going to disagree at some point. Keep the emphasis on communication early on to avoid any conflicts and stop issues before they start.
You should definitely open up to your partner as you are getting to know each other, but be sure not to overshare. He doesn't need to hear all the intimate details of your prior relationships, and he certainly doesn't need to know about your neurotic mother or strange uncle quite yet.
When something inevitable goes wrong between you are your partner, learn from it. Many couples repeat the same mistakes over and over early on, dooming their relationship from the beginning. After an argument or problem, take some time to think about what you said or did wrong and what led to the issue to make sure it doesn't happen again.
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