My sailor did not leave today, but I will never forget the day he left (especially because I missed that last call). Just thinking about it brings back all kinds of emotions. I can compare the first day to ripping off a band-aid. It HURTS at first, and gradually it gets easier. You will have good and bad days. It helped me to start writing him right away. I wrote him every single day and it helped tons. He will LOVE getting your letters too. My sailor said he got the most and enjoyed every bit of it. You can send him pictures too. I would take random pictures and send them to him. Some print it out on regular paper, but I had mine printed out at walgreens and they were fine. I ended up sending him a self addressed stamped manila envelope folded up into a regular sized envelope so he could send back all the letter and extra pictures we all sent. They don't have much room in their racks (bed) for storage.
Try keeping yourself really busy. Try focusing on making yourself even better for your SR. For example, I focused on a healthy mind and body. I started clean eating, working out, and working on my positive thinking. He loved all the quotes and verses I would send him that I would find in my research. I also started a photo book that I am still putting together to give him after his A school. But choose things that make you happy. It will kill time and keep your spirits up while you are by yourself. This site will help tons because friends that do not know what you are feeling will not understand. Don't be afraid to ask questions and look around. There is so much information on here and so many that are ready to help. If you have any more questions or just need to vent I'm here. You can add me and message me if you like. It's ok to cry, it'll get better. You'll soon have letters to look forward to every week. Phew! that was alot but I hope it helped!
wow - that was awesome post. My daughter is 2 weeks away from graduating and she was very happy to hear of the good things that I'm doing for myself.
He left back in November. He has already graduated and is now in Pensacola waiting to start school. I have been through all the ups and downs you will be going through, just like the other girls on the site so feel free to ask me any questions. Don't feel like you are the only one. :) You'll make it, I promise!
My son left from Houston on Monday, January 14, so he will probably be in the same TG as your boyfriend. Have you watched the videos on this site? They really helped me understand what my son is experiencing at this time. I keep telling myself the "No news is good news" mantra, that if I haven't heard anything, then it means he is doing well, progressing in his training, being fed and taken care of, and is safe. If you haven't yet, go to the Survival Guide for Navy for Moms Newbies page at http://www.navyformoms.com/forum/topics/survival-guide-for-navy-for... All of the information (and videos) on that page really helped me alot. Take care and I'll bet we get to see our guys graduate about March 15.
Luckily I've already adjusted to the empty nest. You and your husband will really enjoy it, once the newness wears off. I wonder if our kids will have PIR on 3/8 or 3/15? I can't wait to get the form letter and find out for sure. For now, I'm writing my son a letter each day, and plan to mail them in a bundle to him once I receive his address. I don't trust anything from the recruiter because I've already found a few things he told my son that were wrong, such as giving him an outdated (2008 version) grade sheet that said his A School would be 14 weeks in Great Lakes, when it's actually 19 weeks in San Antonio. We were so happy to find that out, since he will be much closer to home for A School. What will your daughter's grade be? My son will be a hospital corpsman. Take care and hopefully these weeks fly by until we're standing there in Great Lakes ready to watch PIR and hug our babies!
AZ "A" School is in Meridian, MS at Naval Air Station Meridian. Sometime between now and the end of BC, check out Moms of the Aviation Maintenance Administrators AZ, Airman Family and Friends, Sailors attending A School in Meridian, Mississippi, and Meridian Mississippi A School family&friends. There are also pages on fB, NAS Meridian Facebook Page and NTTC Meridian Facebook Page. The info card for AZ can be found at https://www.cool.navy.mil/enlisted/rating_info_cards/az.pdf.
I see you have joined DEP-Leavin' for Boot Camp in January; also join the group, Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones).
PIR will either be 03/08/2013 or 03/15/2013 depending on when the division formed. You will not know until you receive the form letter.
(Group names and links within this reply are clickable links.)
You are very welcome.
Where did you find out approx. PIR date . My son flew out on Jan 15th. I did get a call from the airport.