Kate&cj 81 Posts | Joined BG: Aug 11, 2013 Last Visit: 1 year ago
Age 24
Gender Female
Status Divorced
Work Cook
Location Ohio
Kids 2
I will have to edit this more later on a computer!

My name is Kate. I have two young boys, Connor (4y) and Clifford (2y). My oldest is diagnosed as a highly functioning Autistic. His biggest hurdles are mostly with talking and social interactions, both are improving with therapy. Other than that he is a typical little boy. Clifford is a love bug and a little parrot lately.

Connor was born 6 November 2008 (40 weeks; 7lbs 11oz; 14 hour labor). Clifford was born 15 April 2011 (39 weeks; 9lbs 5oz; 5 hours). Both were natural births aside from Pitocin. I was able to breast feed cliff for 13 full months and I am so proud to say that. I had a lot of infections and difficulties with it with Connor. It broke my heart to give up after 6 weeks.

Connor is starting his second year of Pre-K, which is a step up from last year. Instead of half days, it will now be full days and be more like kindergarten. He's been excited to go back! He does require an in class aide and speech therapy. Seeing him talking finally and making more of an effort to focus has been amazing! He is VERY intelligent and cognitively normal aside from social aspects.

I would love to talk with other parents on here who also have special needs children. I'm always looking out for crafts to do and new education ideas to do with both kids.

I do cook. I love coming up with new dinner ideas. I try to avoid using red meat. I only use it when we really get the bug for it. I also try to stay close to a vegetarian/organic food lifestyle. We almost never eat out unless there's a good reason for it. I used to decorate cakes even though I don't like eating cake. It was a way to explore artistically and make money while having fun. I was able to instruct a couple classes for teenagers in 4-H and FFA on food sciences and cake decorating. I no longer have all of my tools, but hopefully I will be able to someday recoup that major loss.

I am nearing the end of a bitter divorce. My ex is a narcissist with some other issues. It's been very hard financially and emotionally, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I'm a serious advocate when it comes to domestic violence and marital responsibility. I have learned a lot from this experience. I am working on healing from it and getting stronger everyday.