Take home is about 24,000 a year (2000 a month). Gross about 28,000 (2400 a month).
We get WIC for the baby and for me (pregnant), and the baby and I are both on FAMIS insurance (me only during the pregnancy). But that's the only assistance.
Things are tight, for sure. But we live pretty modestly. We try to do things the cheap way wherever we can-- I make most of our food from scratch, including bread. Breastfeeding and cloth diapering helped a lot, too. I'm always plottin on ways to save money
I'll go back to work after both kids are school-age. So the penny-pinching won't last forever.
ETA: After skimming the rest of the thread-- all income is from him working, no inheritance or savings or investments. We don't have any debt (credit card or student loan). We're not very young, but he never went to college and I went for two years so far on grants, scholarships, and working, no loans. We've just never had credit cards, I feel like it would be too dangerous. We rent. The car is paid for (all 3000 bucks of it, haha). Our bills are pretty basic. We're in a pretty low COL area, I think-- a cheap house here is like 120, nice one maybe 250-300? We do want to buy a house when I start working again, but for right now it definitely is not happening, we're just getting by.