Ben is leaving for a six-day business trip to Japan. Before the baby, this would have been no big deal, just exciting for him. Now, we’re all concerned about how much we’re going to miss each other. Sophie erupts in laughter every time they play together, and she’ll miss that. I have difficulty taking a shower while watching Sophie on my own, so I’ll miss having a relief pitcher around in the parenthood department. We don’t have many photos of Ben’s parenting, since he is the family photographer, but here’s one that I took, trying to illustrate what an amazing dad he is.