My son left for bootcamp on Wednesday and I've been crying off and on ever since. I feel so lost not beling able to call him, FB him or contact hm in any way. I never thought it would be this difficult. I'm really struggling. I'm not worried about his safety, just feel so disconnected, like he's gone forever. He is my firstborn too, maybe that's it? I don't know, but he reached this milestone that I feel like I wasn't prepared for. Anyone else feel like that?
while these are all normal feelings ....it will get easier and better....the 1st few weeks are the hardest ...there are several groups you can join(if you havnt already)...new moms stop here...bootcamp moms...your sons PIR(grad) and division #(if they have started one )...your home state(see if there is anyone local that you can connect with)your sons rate(job he singed for) just go to tabs click on groups and enter the name in box ...plus there are hundreds of others that might be interesting....there is a live chat room ...there are always someone there to talk to for info or advice or to just plain chat ..the best thing to do is to learn to navigate though this site ..there is so much info and support here ...best wishes to you and your soon to be sailor.....
My daughter left Wednesday as well, so I guess they are there together, I feel as you do, but reading all the positive things people have sent is certainly encouraging, Letting my daughter go was one of the hardest things I had to do, but I know in 7 weeks and 4 days, I will be so proud for her decision and accomplishment and you will feel the same for your son :)
Thank you Suze. Wouldn't it be something if our kids met! I will pray for you and yours and yes, we will be so very proud!!
My daughter left right before christmas all I did was cry and when I got home from work the package of her stuff was sitting at the door, I just sat there and couldn't open it for about an hour.
I feel better now that I get a letter every week and she might be able to call me soon! Hang in there they are almost done with the training.
My son flew out yesterday to Great Lakes...I am so lost...He too is my firstborn...and I have cried and cried....I cant stand not being able to talk to him...I thought I would handle it better but I have not....I got the phone call that he arrived there...I am really struggling too and it seems that only military people understand!
My son flew out on the 18th also. I got the phone call from him at midnight saying he got there safely and will call again in 3 weeks. That seems like an eternity!
We got the same phone call. I am so grateful for this venue to talk to other Moms feeling just like me and being able to relate to the emotions! I am hoping to make some friends here!
I share your pain, ladies. My son also flew out on the 18th. I just got an address from his recruiter today, which from what I've read, may or may not be correct. They say the letters will eventually find them. Hang in there everyone, we'll all learn how to do this.