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    After a Covid induced gap year, my daughter is leaving home in 2.5 weeks to start her first year in university. I am proud and happy for her, but I am miserable. Shes my baby girl and shes leaving home (maybe Im getting a taste of the empty nest as that leaves my teenaged son and my twentysomething son at home with hubby & me).

    Anyone out there I can share my misery with? There must be some other sad mommies (or daddies) moving their children out of the nest in the weeks to come.

    Shes excited to leave, a little scared but is excited to get back to school. I am genuinely happy for her, its the selfish mommy in me that is dreading that drive to Halifax to drop her off at Dalhousie.
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    many many hugs. My youngest just left Ontario for Halifax. one of her besties is going to Dalhousie, and othe other is going to Nascad
    Youngest is going to work for a year... then school.. prob..
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    After a Covid induced gap year, my daughter is leaving home in 2.5 weeks to start her first year in university. I am proud and happy for her, but I am miserable. Shes my baby girl and shes leaving home (maybe Im getting a taste of the empty nest as that leaves my teenaged son and my twentysomething son at home with hubby & me).

    Anyone out there I can share my misery with? There must be some other sad mommies (or daddies) moving their children out of the nest in the weeks to come.

    Shes excited to leave, a little scared but is excited to get back to school. I am genuinely happy for her, its the selfish mommy in me that is dreading that drive to Halifax to drop her off at Dalhousie.
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    Hugs to you too... Im having it rough with moving her 4-5 hours away from home, I cant imagine having my child move that far away from home. My older daughter graduated university, and has found a job and apartment in another city. Its not easy. Happy for my children for having the confidence and independence to move on their own, but like I said, selfish mommy would like to keep her children just a little bit longer.

    Im not okay either, but I have to be... (((hugs)))
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    Although, weve been empty nesters for a many years now, i still remember the felling of utter dissolation. Both my kids left within 2 months of each other and it was hard. The first few weeks i cried almost every day. But hubby said we raised our children so that someday they could fly. We are very proud of both of them and they have given us 5 beautiful grandchildren. But i still remember those first few weeks when they were both gone. And in a few years it will be my children going through the empty nest; and i hope i can help them through this period in their lives.

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    Aww, congrats mama

    My daughter will start College this year. She tool a year after Graduation to take some more classes.
    Local college, straight into a full time program. She is hugely talented, and incredibly smart and dedicated, but she is on the shy side so she is staying home and local.
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    Thanks all for the comments and support.

    I dropped her off on Saturday, and poor girl, she called me on Sunday, with tears, to come pick her up. I had to toughen myself up and say to her to give it time, she was there for less than 24 hours! She was upset, not knowing anyone, eating breakfast & lunch alone, not having anyone to talk to.... she has since made some friends (baby girl is sociable!). Im happy for her but miss her so fiercely. It will get easier, with time. I hate thinking so selfishly, and I dont want to add to her homesickness.
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