My Eldest Heads To Uni

My Eldest Heads To Uni

18 years ago I became a mum for the first time. From early on in my pregnancy it was clear that I would be doing it alone. You know what that was totally cool. I had the support of my parents and extended family. 3 days I was in labour, 3 days of pain and limited sleep. But the best present I could ask for was the birth of my first born. We have been through so much together but one thing always remained, I was his mum and he was my son. Over the years Kane has smashed his goals, he excelled in both his GCSE’s and again his A Levels. Whatever grade he got I would have been proud as he put his all into them.

My Eldest Heads To Uni

Tomorrow he starts a new chapter in his life. A chapter that will take him hundreds of miles away from his family to start a new journey. Kane has been accepted into Newcastle to study Media an interest he has had for many years. I know as we board the boat tomorrow that Kane will never be back to live with us. Most kids that go to English Uni’s don’t come back to Northern Ireland as the career prospects are much better over there. He is chasing his dreams and I couldn’t be prouder. He is going after what we wants and in some ways, I can live my previous dreams/aspirations through him. He really does have an amazing experience ahead of him. One that he will learn to fend for himself after a crash course in cookery from my mum. (I’m secretly hoping he gets a restaurant job so he eats well whilst on shift ha) His washing will no longer be placed back in his room washed and ironed. he will have to learn to manage his money and not blow it on a few nights out.


Getting Organised

Getting ready has been somewhat hilarious. As I mentioned above we driving him over. Yes, we drive a jeep but he thinks he can take the entire contents of his room. 10 pairs of shoes and 7 coats made an appearance plus 3 pairs of swim shorts lol. Thank goodness we managed to get the clothing quantities under control and we managed to get him down to a very large suitcase. The student accommodation that he is moving into has provided a very small selection of cooking bits which meant we needed to stock up. We added some homely bits like a plant which he will probably kill and a nice rug just to add a bit of warmth to the stark bedroom. A full mini Ikea haul is linked below if you want an idea of what we bought him.


Letting Go

I know I need to be brave for his sake. Yes, I will hold the tears in until we leave, so I don’t embarrass him in front of his new housemates. My emotions aside he is the first of my children to fly the nest and head to uni and I’m super proud of all his achievements. I can’t wait to see what his future brings and what path he follows in terms of career choices after uni.


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  • Reply Kate

    Such an emotional time! I’ve read a few blogs today of children flying the nest and they’re all making me well up. And my eldest is only 8!

    21st September 2018 at 5:01 pm
    • Reply Lynne

      I got upset leaving him earlier. I honestly didn’t think that I would have gotten so emotional lol

      21st September 2018 at 10:47 pm
  • Reply Jenny

    Aw, wishing him the best of luck on his new adventure!

    21st September 2018 at 8:26 pm
    • Reply Lynne

      Thank you Jenny

      21st September 2018 at 10:47 pm
  • Reply Louise

    I remember the bittersweet feeling of leaving for uni myself – I went to Sunderland uni and was about five/six hours away from home. It was a really weird feeling but it was necessary for me to grow up a bit and get some independance x

    22nd September 2018 at 12:30 pm
    • Reply Lynne

      He will have an absolute blast I’m sure and he will adapt very quickly. He is also lucky that a few of his friends are there as well x

      22nd September 2018 at 5:35 pm
  • Reply Anosa

    I bet he is just as emotional about it as you’re and am sure he will miss home, I cried big when my parents dropped me off at university.

    23rd September 2018 at 2:54 am
    • Reply Lynne

      I think he was a little on Friday as his friends hadn’t arrived but by yesterday he was happy 🙂

      24th September 2018 at 9:59 am
  • Reply Hannah

    Going to uni can be stressful. This reminds me of when i went

    23rd September 2018 at 4:08 am
    • Reply Lynne

      I hope you had a great experience tho 🙂

      24th September 2018 at 9:58 am
  • Reply Kara

    I waved my son off to university last week too, although mine is a little closer, but still a 2 hour drive. Good luck to Kane, hope he has the most amazing time

    23rd September 2018 at 12:53 pm
    • Reply Lynne

      I wish he was closer but he has to spread his wings. I hope all goes well for your son as well x

      24th September 2018 at 9:58 am
  • Reply Kirsty

    I hope he has a great first year, I’m sure the move will go well. I never thought about how emotional it could have been for my parent when I left!

    23rd September 2018 at 1:32 pm
    • Reply Lynne

      I did feel very upset on Friday and yesterday but its all good and he is happy so thats all that matters x

      24th September 2018 at 9:57 am
  • Reply Lauretta

    I wish him all the best in this new chapter of his life.

    24th September 2018 at 10:20 pm
  • Reply Charli

    I remember my mum being so proud and yet so tearful when dropping me off. Its definitely an emotional time.
    Also, well done on the one suitcase. I definitely took more than 3 pairs of swimwear with me – although I did join the swim team!
    C x

    27th September 2018 at 2:19 pm
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