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Our daughter has been in for two years and now our youngest joined.. It's a proud moment but at the same time- it's my baby boy. Anyone else out there in the same "boat" at I am?

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My son leaves Oct 22. He is my only child so I hear ya, my baby boy is leaving. I am already having a hard time with the fact he graduates High School in three weeks, let alone grasping the concept of him going away. It is funny, his whole life we have encouraged his dream to serve, but now I am having a hard time keeping a smile on my face around him. I am very excited, proud and scared for him. It is good to know we are not alone :) 

Oh the joys of being a parent. High School graduation is a ride in it's self... but watching them swear in before going on the bus to boot camp- well thats a crazy rush of pride and tears. It will get better, just buy stock in Kleenex... LOL

Hi bcmadness & jenb -- same thing here, too.  Our son is leaving October 23.  Some moments I can see all the positive aspects of it and other times (when I'm alone in the car!), I cry wondering if it's really the right choice for him.  I have to keep reminding myself of the thousands who have gone before and succeeded, but it's really hard at times!  We just have to keep reminding ourselves that our sons are pretty courageous to do this, but sometimes I think I'm the poster child for "helicopter mom" !!  I guess this is just another growth challenge for us as well as our kids.  Take care, everyone!

Sometimes I wonder if I am also reflecting on my own feelings at that point in my life, remembering how scary it was knowing I was going out in the world as an adult, the only difference is that my son will not be home, around everyone he knwos and that makes me scared for him. Luckily, he is not as emotional as me, he says he has anxiteties about it, but knows that it is the best path for his life. I think you are right Joniana, it is a growth challenge for us as well!!!

You will cry at the smallest things some days. Sometimes a Downy commercial will get me  LOL Ahh the joys of being a momma. It will get better, I could'nt believe the change I seen in our daughter. I'm looking forward to seeing them in our son in December!

hello,my son left oct.9th as well ,were from de.  its his first time away from us an im a mess .

My daugher left on October 9 from Texas , we received her box but no letter. Any info is appreciated,

my son left thesame day,hes in ship 2 div.906 i got his box few days ago but no letter yet eairher

It can be two or three weeks before you get the first letter. It is full of information about PIR- boot camp graduation, along with the people they chose to attend PIR.

When our daughter left, we first got her "I have made it to Great Lakes RTC" phone call, then her box, about 2 weeks later a phone call (it's hard to hang up). about three weeks after she left, thats when the information letter came.

You can never tell what day you will get calls or letters. Plus, if someone gets into trouble in their division... well that can delay calls too.

I can promise you that your son/daughter is looking forward to calling you and writing family and friends..    :-)

Thanks feel much better!


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