My name is Katie! I'm a stay at home mommy. I have a 3 1/2 yr old son named Peyton and 2 yr old boy/girl twins named Aubrey and Ethan. My husband is an insurance agent, which unfortunately caused us to move away from family last year. Just recently our son was diagnosed with PDD-NOS, which is in the autism spectrum. Being the parents we are, our outlook is 'bring it on'!!! We love our son so much and nothing will ever change that! He is an amazing child! There are many days that are challenging. Knowing a diagnosis has given us the tools to help him and to understand what we need to do as parents to better cope with situations. Before, we thought that maybe he was just acting out or didnt like being with other children. We knew things were different but to us, that was ok and we were going to work through it. I find myself many nights staying up extremely late and getting lost in the information that is out there about autism. I feel like as a parent I need to learn everything I can so that I can help Peyton. Sometimes it almost seems like an obbsession. I dont want to fail him. Today I read on the news how a 15 yr old boy was tasered by the cops because he got into an altercation at a theatre. My heart was broken and I broke down crying. I could see my son 11 years from now, in that news story. Not that he would get into an altercation, but what if something like that happened and someone didnt understand him. They cuffed him and sat him on the curb. When his parents came he was rocking uncontrolably. On top of all that, I read the comments below that people were leaving on the website about the story and it sickened me. People are so ignorant and uneducated. The horrible things they were saying about this innocent child and the names they called him. I thought we were in a society where people were accepted! It scares me to know that this is what my son has to grow up in. This doesnt help my over-compulsive addiction to fill my head with every possible piece of informaion I can to help my son and protect him from the monsters of the outside world. So, as I was googling along, I found this cafemom website. I've never blogged before. Ive never had a diary or kept a journal. But as I'm typing I'm finding this to be very decompressing. And to know that there are moms out there going through the same thing as me, brings me peace! I pray for all of us. We have a hard road ahead of us full of joy, love, pain and heartache. I dont know about you ladies but.... yes my husband is awesome and a loving man.... but its just not the same trying to talk to him about this. I personally think he is still trying to come to grips with all of this. I am a person who likes to spill out my feelings and men tend to keep them in. In a nutshell, thank goodness for this site and I cant wait to hear from you all soon!!!!