Dad tip: when you're about to have your first child, people from all angles will give you all sorts of advice about being a father. While I'm sure all of it is well intentioned, a lot of it usually doesn't apply as everyone lives their own lives so differently. However, one thing I have found to be universally true, (and for some reason, no one told me about this) is that when you leave your family for any length of time more than a day, you'll miss them unlike anyone you've ever missed before. Like in a "I had no idea I could ever miss anyone like this" sort of way. It's like a whole new feeling. So my advice is, love em while you've got em. Because as soon as you hit the road, you're not gonna think about anything else. -even if you're in what used to be the best place earth to you. I think you'll agree with me someday.