Congrats!!! And welcome to the life of a Navy Mom!!!
Slapout52, Congratulations to your son (and YOU)! Not only is your job done, as you say, but it is a job WELL done! You are now the proud mom of a real, full-fledged Sailor... AWESOME!!!
I might have you beat on the "nutty" front. We will be driving from southern California for my son's PIR sometime at the beginning of August. My husband and I are both teachers, and our daughter works for our school district as well, so we have lots of time for a road trip. I grew up in Chicago, and we're planning on at least a few weeks on the road and visiting friends and family in conjunction with PIR. We are even thinking of going to Charleston, SC since that's where my son will go for Nuke school after bc.
What field is your son going into?
The first piece of advice someone gave me when my husband enlisted almost a year ago, was to not cry in front of him!! It will be hard on him as well to be gone, and seeing your emotion will make him start to regret his decision. Now, I come from a large Navy background, and even served myself. The one piece of advice I could give your son, and give all future Sailors is this : Bootcamp is what you make of it! If you go in with the mindset that this will suck, then it will. If you go in with the mindset of this is only temporary, and I can do this, and it will be fun then he will have fun. Once he goes in, find his PIR date group on here, you will find TONS of support there! Also, if you know what rate (the job he will be doing) find that on here as well, and find out where his A school will be and join those groups too. Those Moms/Wives/Girlfriends can help you along the way with something to look forward to.
He will have to run, do sit ups, push ups, learn fire fighting, learn a lot of new termanology, do financial resposiblity classes, but he also gets to wear a uniform that stands for something bigger than himself. Tell him to start running now, and doing push ups and sit ups because that will help with the physical part of it. Tell him to go to every Dep meeting, they give them alot more information than before I ever went to BC. Most of all, be positive about the decision when you talk to him, because you will get letters at times with your Sailor questioning himself and his ability to complete bootcamp. HE CAN DO IT!!! They do not want them to fail when they have gotten this far. And always remember through this whole process, the day you see him graduate from bootcamp will be the best day of your life! The pride of watching all he has accomplished will be worth it. I promise!
Mine (Son) just leftJune 28th with his eyes wide open in a deer in a head light kinda open. The last few days at home were pretty stressful for him, I could tell as a mom he was really nervous, but as my husband says He will not be one of the kids wiyh nothing to do and no job he'll be a man before the next time we see him. ( My husband has been throught it.) Still as a mom expect to cry alot more because at this point he's making decisions that he is by law able to make which is scarey if he is as clueless as mine. I must say thou that getting that call when he first arrived bootcamp was his reality check I could hear it in his voice.
I feel like I wrote the samething on the end of my first blog. You'll be okay! Jo was my first born boy as well.
Make sure he's working out alot and he'll be fine. It's you that will be crazy. I juzt recieved his clothes he wore in a box aweek later then a letter is suppose to come alomg 10day after he leaves, waiting .
Good Luck to all of you and you will be fine, Just give lots of hug til mine say It's starting to feelo a litter werid, Then I let go.LOL
My son leaves August 30th. He just yesterday said "Mom, I'm getting Nervous" this is very un like him. I am not too sure what to say to calm him(Im scared to death myself but will not show him) He has been disobeying the house rules doing thing out of his charecter etc. Im wondering if he is having 2nd thoughts(not that it matters)
Im thinking this is somewhat normal..............