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Hi all, I'm new here.  My youngest son will be leaving for Great Lakes in 3 days and WOW what an emotional rollercoaster this is!  I'm so incredibly proud of him, but I am struggling with letting go of my baby.  I really thought I'd be much cooler about this. I know that I'm very fortunate in that we live about 10 minutes from where he will be attending A School after graduation, so I will be able to see him when he has liberty.   My friend's son was in A School here last year, and was able to hang out with us on the weekend days and even spend Thanksgiving with us.  I can't express how grateful I am for this.  

BUT, I'm really struggling with letting him go for the next couple months.  I keep finding myself tearing up unexpectedly, and am really wanting to just stop everything and make him stay here.  

I'm glad I found this site, there's a lot of great information here and it is helping me to prepare.  

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Hang in there Reagansmom, we are all doing the same. Tears out of the blue for me, lol. The hardest part is not being able to see how they are doing but just like I told my daughter time flies and we will hear from them soon and see them shortly after. Just tell him how proud you are!

Thank you ncdeb.  Yes, he hears how proud of him I am on a daily basis, and will continue to hear it for a long time to come.  

Same here, we will just hang in there til they are Sailors and we get to see them graduate!

Absolutely! When did your daughter leave?

My daughter left Monday, the 7th.

My husband left on the 10th. Will they be in the same PIR group more than likely?
@Reagansmom - Hang in there!! It IS really tough- especially the first three weeks or so. Then, all of a sudden you are planning for PIR. Remember, as hard as it is, "no news is good news". Hugs and prayers for you and your sailor!!!

Hey There Reagansmom,

My 1st born just left on the 9th. It was very hard and is still hard. I find myself tearing up all the time . I'm sure it will stop soon ( I hope). I found that writing him at night helps. I wrote last night and that made me feel a bit closer. I too am lucky my son will be attending A school in San Diego which is just 45 min down the freeway from home.Over time I'm sure the pain will get better and the excitement of graduation and seeing them will kick in. You have to stay strong for your son .Try to not let him see you cry cause that might make it tougher for him to leave. Just remember you raised a great son who is willing to serve his nation. Be proud and let him know how proud you are . If he can see you being strong ,he will stay strong.

Great advice Goaliemom. We tried our best not to cry when they gave us two minutes to say goodbye after the final swear in. But, she broke down and me and hubs did to but I dried it up quick because I didn't want that to be in her mind. I wanted her to think of me telling her how she can do and we are so proud and happy.....still so hard to do, lol.

Thank you Goaliemom.  I have the stamps and envelopes bought and ready (and the Sandboxx app downloaded)!  I am working on the being strong part.  He has seen me get misty a couple times, but understands this is just the "mommy" stuff, not to be confused with the entire rest of me that has 100% confidence in him.  He's an awesome guy and I couldn't be more proud of him.  

Hello there Reagansmom, all I can say is it will feel like you have lost an arm but it does get easier. My son left for Boot July 13th. It was hard but I kept telling myself that this is the job he has chosen and I have to support him. I have stopped the all of a sudden crying at any minute. But still cry when receive letters and I think the tears are from sheer relief to hear all ok. So be proud of your baby and remember he will be in the best hands, Navy hands.

@Reagansmom welcome to the emotional basket case club - sounds like you are going through exactly what I went through about two weeks ago.  My son was excited to go and get this part of the journey started, and although I was happy about that and proud of the way he was handling it, I basically cried a little every five minutes for about 10 days.  Now its a little better, I've managed to make it through a good hour or two.  Not knowing what he's doing, how he's feeling, where his head is... I'm sure he's doing just fine, but its definitely hard not seeing him when I get home from work or watching our shows together.

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