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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?

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Hey there. My son, also my oldest,  left today and stays in a hotel overnight and flies out tomorrow for bootcamp. He is very excited about it. I've cried off and on for about a week now, but I think that's normal. I think once they get thru bootcamp they are able to keep in contact better. Hang in there! I know how you feel...

Did the recruiter give you his ship and div yet?

It's my daughter. Yes, he did, it's Ship FFG_57, Div F2012915I

I take that back, the recruiter DID give me the wrong address, and I've sent TWO letters out, not I have to re-send them! Her Ship is 02, Div 915, her graduation date is March 2nd. We just got the packet in the mail today.

It is a horrible feeling at first. Getting the BOX was the worst feeling. I won't even describe it. Believe it or not it does get better. My son left Dec 13. He was suppose to leave inl March. I got my first letter last week. All the worrying I did was for nothing. He is doing GREAT. 200 tried out for the seals and only 3 passed. He was 1 of 3. He has made friends. Has certain ones he has been training with since they didn't start training until the 27 of Dec. Made me really proud. Every time I got on here and people would say it gets better and how proud you should be made me feel like I was crazy for feeling like I do. But then there are woman on here that feels exactly the same way. You are having normal feelings for what you are going thru. Just wait for the first three weeks to go by then you will get your first real letter from him. You will smile like crazy all day. Then you cant wait till the next letter.I still miss him like crazy and would give anything for one of his hugs or to hear his voice.  God bless you and your seaman recruit.

I just dropped my daughter off about a half an hour ago. She will be heading to Great Lakes tomorrow to start boot camp. I can't stop crying, and I feel totally lost already. I am so proud of her for making this choice, however, I am just sad to let her go. She is the baby of our family. I am glad to hear that I am not the only one that can't stop crying.

awwwwwwwww My heart is breaking for you....I am so proud of my son for the choices he has made but I am heartbroken non the less....I will pray you find some comfort this evening, tomorrow and the weeks to come...as I will be in your shoes next week...I am glad this site is available for us to support each other through this when others just don't seem to understand what we are going through...hang in there sending hugs your way :-)

Thank you so much! I will be praying for you next week as well. I am also happy to have this site. It will be very helpful to have others in the same position. Take care!

I was the same way and it does get better.  You will cry a little less each day. keep yourself busy.   I miss him like crazy and I think we all know how you feel.  The ladies on here suggested to write a letter each day.   stay positive in the letters.   I have written one each day and told him we miss him and love him but he is doing the right thing and we are very proud.   I am gathering photos of everyday life around here so I can send them and I just tell him how my day has been.   it does make you feel better.  I just want to get my first letter but I know it will be some time before that may happen.  I am sure it will hit me when I get his box of things.  Stay strong and I will be praying for you.

Thank you. I will keep you in my prayers as well. You have given me some great suggestions to keep me busy, and of course, I will probably be on here a lot as well to share stories and such.

Try to stay busy and write him a letter a day....then when you get the address u can send them in! Not all at once so as not to get him IT....but stay busy, pray, and talk to others is what's getting me through! Good luck

Hi.  My son left on Wedneday too. I'm so glad there is a group like this to make me feel normal.  Maybe we will meet at their graduation?

 

Leesa

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