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?
Perfect thanks. I can print them in that size
I took a suggestion from one of the other moms and made a collage for the letter so he can see all of us and I will just take photos of everything to make it more fun
My son left on December 6th and I felt the same way. Still feeling sad sometimes but it is getting easier.I do have a 10 month old that keeps me very busy, but it's still not the same at home without him.
I got my first phone call last week and it was awsome to hear his voice. I hope things get easier for all of you.
I too felt the same way. A few days before he was leaving I started panicking. I knew in my heart that this was the best thing for him but I kept saying to myself that I changed my mind and I didn't want him to leave. On the ride home from the naval base I completely lost it and later that night as well. I still fight the tears. It is the hardest thing not being able to communicate with him. It was the best feeling in the whole world when I finally was able to talk to him and hear his voice. My advice is to write as much as you can. That's all that they have and it helps you too as well.
Kellyb: My son left December 6 as well. Is your son in Great Lakes? We're scheduling our travel arrangements now for the graduation. Can't wait to see him!!!
I started the panicking too. I asked him if he was nervous or anxious but he said no he was fine and ready. I am not sure if he was saying that to make me feel better or not.
I just talked to one of my close friends here and her son got out of basic training about 2 years ago but she said that his division had their own Facebook page and she said there were a lot of pictures in there so I am going to try and find out what his unit number is as soon as possible and see if they started one.
my son is in the Great Lakes also. I am sure you are so excited about seeing him.
Here is an idea for letter writting and sending photos - I added photos right into my letters - added photos of day to day stuff and the pets and such. Then I also added a page that included his favorite comic strip ( I found the online page for his and was able to copy and paste several days worth) and other jokes and such - I did this on a seperate page because it got passed around alot.
Carol that is a great idea I never thought of putting comics in there. he is very involved in church and with youth groups and I may have some of his friends take some photos and email them to me as well and some encouraging scriptures. Thank you
Thank you Melissa for the post about you tube of boot camp. I had a chance to see it and it helped me feel better about knowing a little bit about what she went through. I highly suggest others watch it. I know it helped me and I know it will help them.
I was just reading all the responses to your post and just wanted to tell Everyone that i am so touched by the wonderful response. It has hit me that there are so many Mommas out here that have raise wonderful children and have the heart to let them grow into the responsible, respectfull young adults. WOW Congratulations to you all for being Great Moms! I can feel how much you love your children and thank you for sharing them with the world. It's a better place that we live in because of your gift.
Thank you also for raising a wonderful son and your son as well for serving. He is part of the team that keeps our country safe.
We are all extremely proud of our children for growing up into fine young men and women and only want the best for them and their future no matter if they serve only a few years or a lifetime. Thank all of you for getting me through these last few days and I hope I was able to help you as well.
I am feeling a little stronger each day and have not cried today knowing I am not alone in this journey. It has helped tremendously all the advice and encouragement all of you have put on this post.
My daughter left for boot camp on Dec 8th, and left out of St. Louis the next day. She is to graduate on Feb 10th. I understand what you are all going through, I am feeling the same way. I have three other children and my own business, so thank goodness I stay busy.....it keeps me from "thinking" too much. I have gotten a couple of letters from her but no real phone call yet. I miss her voice. Her last letter stated that she has four bruised ribs and possibly one cracked but they were not sure in the x rays and would have to exam her again the next day. It's so hard to know she was hurt and not know for sure the details. I keep telling myself that I need to get used to this...because when she is deployed I imagine I wont have contact with her very much either. So I look at this as my "Intensive Training". I keep reading the updates from other moms in my daughters division and they have received calls...so I am wondering, have I missed hers??? And that just hurts my heart...my cell phone is on me at ALL times! I am so proud of her, and all of our children for being so strong and following through with a great choice for their futures, and our country. I thank and applaud each and every mom for being strong enough to support their children in this decision as well. Please pray for me and my SR as I will for you and your SR.
Hannibal MO Navy mom
I can understand getting stress fractures from running, same for knees, even dislocating shoulders from pushups, but did she say show she got bruised/cracked ribs? Some kind of obstacle course maybe? Just another worried mom....
She stated that another recruit in another division slammed into her and she went down. Since I have not heard more I am going to hopefully assume that its just bruised ribs. It's just hard not to have confirmation. Sorry to make anyone else worry more :(