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post #41 of 315
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Originally Posted by LankyLizards View Post
Welcome s_kristina! There are so many new people this month. I'm guessing it's because of the name change. Or maybe a product of our less-than great economy?
I've bean meaning to join for a few months but I was a little shy but i think the less than great economy is helping the membership
post #42 of 315
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Originally Posted by janerose View Post

~ And finally that my contract is finally in & I'll be starting as a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor for WIC next month! $8/hr for like 12 hrs a month, but hey every little bit helps right?



Blessings,
Holly
Hi Holly,
Do you know what training program they use? I had the Loving Support training. I started out at 10 hours a week, then my co-worker quit and I'm up to 25 as my max. I usually get about 17-20 in most weeks because I'm supposed to leave a buffer for home visits. Right now it's our only income since DH has been out of work since Feb.

Ok, I guess I should do my thankfuls...

I'm thankful I have a job I can scrape by on with minimal asking for help.

I'm thankful my parents hold the note on my house and are understanding that we can't make payments right now.

I'm thankful for WIC, food stamps, and Medicaid.

I'm thankful for the weekly bread ministry.

I'm thankful I have friends that love me even when I'm being militant and crunchy.

I'm thankful I've managed to keep the lights on, gas in the car, and still manage to keep internet since it's my only recreation.

And my goals...

I hope to get my house clean and things somewhat organized before the baby comes.

I hope to find sweaters so I can make soakers. We're going to try CD this time to try to save money.

I hope DD likes her toddler bed well enough to sleep in it.

Oh, yeah, an intro... I'm a PT WOHM to DSS, who has autism and sensory integration disorder and starts kindergarten tomorrow!!! And DD who is using the potty pretty much on her own but with accidents, hence the pull ups and has been wanting a real bed instead of her crib. She's also my Dora fanatic. I'm still nursing DD and she hasn't slowed down too much since I got pregnant. I'm due November 7, and hope to have a VBAC. DH got out of the Navy back in Feb and has not been able to find work. We just moved into our house about a year ago and still have not found homes for everything. DH has had a few out of town interviews, and more to come, so we may be moving again. I just want to live in the same place 2 years in a row! I'm starting to ramble...

Anna
post #43 of 315
Just out of curiosity do the 2 of you working at WIC have an IBCLC at your office as well. I'm just wondering if the offices here have ever done peer counseling, but we have 2 full time IBCLCs that work between 3 offices. I think they also have a few hours once a month on the local base, but not sure about that.
post #44 of 315
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Originally Posted by s_kristina View Post
Just out of curiosity do the 2 of you working at WIC have an IBCLC at your office as well. I'm just wondering if the offices here have ever done peer counseling, but we have 2 full time IBCLCs that work between 3 offices. I think they also have a few hours once a month on the local base, but not sure about that.
Not in my district. My boss is supposed to be working toward it, but she hardly does her primary job. Basically I'm it when it comes to breastfeeding edu and support for 5 offices except for pump loans and ordering.

Anna
post #45 of 315
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Originally Posted by Da WIC Lady View Post
Hi Holly,
Do you know what training program they use? I had the Loving Support training. I started out at 10 hours a week, then my co-worker quit and I'm up to 25 as my max. I usually get about 17-20 in most weeks because I'm supposed to leave a buffer for home visits.
Home Visits? That's awesome! Our WIC office here is not nearly so supportive! It always makes me happy to hear about experienced MDC mamas going to work as WIC counselors because boy oh boy, do we ever need them!

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Oh, Belleweather, you took the job? Congratulations! I love hearing success stories of mamas who have pulled themselves out of "lower-income" status. It gives me hope.
Thanks! I really, really hope it works out. I start tomorrow and I'm terribly nervous knowing that my family is going to be depending so much on my income and that what I'm doing has the possibility to be really high stress... far more so than my temp job where a trained monkey could have done my job so long as they could work the copier. Plus, I have to start at the beginning of a pay cycle, so although I'm making the big bucks I don't SEE any of it until the end of the month... just in time for the whole check to go to pay rent!

In happier news, DH is having a long chat with his bosses tomorrow about possibly switching to a full-time day position. He's been working PT Nights, but his department is woefully understaffed, so he thinks they might go for switching him to days if he'd work full time. The increase in pay would mostly be eaten up by daycare costs, but the whole family would be home in the evening which MORE than makes up for it!

AND, I finally managed to buy a used couch for our living room off Craigslist. It took 5 failed attempts, one major breakdown and narrowly avoided trip to Slumberland to buy one on credit before DH and I talked ourselves back to sense. It's big and huge and beige and smushy and FAR better than parking my pathetic, sore, and pregnant self on the floor while DS plays. Now we just have to get it in the house...
post #46 of 315
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Originally Posted by Belleweather View Post
Home Visits? That's awesome! Our WIC office here is not nearly so supportive! It always makes me happy to hear about experienced MDC mamas going to work as WIC counselors because boy oh boy, do we ever need them!



Thanks! I really, really hope it works out. I start tomorrow and I'm terribly nervous knowing that my family is going to be depending so much on my income and that what I'm doing has the possibility to be really high stress... far more so than my temp job where a trained monkey could have done my job so long as they could work the copier. Plus, I have to start at the beginning of a pay cycle, so although I'm making the big bucks I don't SEE any of it until the end of the month... just in time for the whole check to go to pay rent!

In happier news, DH is having a long chat with his bosses tomorrow about possibly switching to a full-time day position. He's been working PT Nights, but his department is woefully understaffed, so he thinks they might go for switching him to days if he'd work full time. The increase in pay would mostly be eaten up by daycare costs, but the whole family would be home in the evening which MORE than makes up for it!

AND, I finally managed to buy a used couch for our living room off Craigslist. It took 5 failed attempts, one major breakdown and narrowly avoided trip to Slumberland to buy one on credit before DH and I talked ourselves back to sense. It's big and huge and beige and smushy and FAR better than parking my pathetic, sore, and pregnant self on the floor while DS plays. Now we just have to get it in the house...

Congrats on the new position and I am sure you'll do an awesome job
post #47 of 315
Can I ask how you all got your wic jobs???? It really sounds perfect for me as I need something part time and something like that sounds right up my alley. Did you ask at the office or was it an advertised job?
post #48 of 315
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Can I ask how you all got your wic jobs???? It really sounds perfect for me as I need something part time and something like that sounds right up my alley. Did you ask at the office or was it an advertised job?
I was just another breastfeeding WIC mom and one of the ladies at the office I go to recommended me as well as a number of other breastfeeding moms. The job was advertised, but some of us were encouraged to apply. You can usually find the WIC job listings where ever you find health department listings. VA has a big database online. In fact, I almost applied for another position in another district, but come to find out, I really didn't want that particular headache.

Anna
post #49 of 315
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Originally Posted by Da WIC Lady View Post
Do you know what training program they use? I had the Loving Support training.
My training starts the first Wed of October. They are using a curriculum put together by NY state & it's based off the book "bestfeeding" . Which, umm, I guess I need to start reading sometime soon.

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Originally Posted by s_kristina View Post
Just out of curiosity do the 2 of you working at WIC have an IBCLC at your office as well. I'm just wondering if the offices here have ever done peer counseling, but we have 2 full time IBCLCs that work between 3 offices. I think they also have a few hours once a month on the local base, but not sure about that.
I'm not sure if the 2 ladies who run the BF stuff at our WIC are IBCLCs or not. The lady who is the boss BF all 4 of her kids & has been the head of our county LLL for like the last 20 years. Right now I'm guessing we have somewhere between 15-20 peer counselors (including the 5 or so of us who start training in Oct).

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Originally Posted by Belleweather View Post
Home Visits? That's awesome! Our WIC office here is not nearly so supportive! It always makes me happy to hear about experienced MDC mamas going to work as WIC counselors because boy oh boy, do we ever need them!
I don't believe we do home visits. Normally we are supposed to arrange a visit with the Moms at the WIC office or satellite clinic nearest them. We also do phone consults from home & visit new mamas in the hospital. We do also get reimbursed 40 cents/mile for our travel to do clinic hours or go to the hospital.

Our hours are broken up like this:
1-2 hrs/mo for staff meeting (Go over case loads, get new clients, continuing ed, & choose clinical hours for the next month)
2 hrs/wk for clinical hours (We choose when we do clinic hours at the staff meetings -- they hand a schedule around & you put your name in for a particular time so everyone can work it around their families. You can also arrange to meet a mama at the clinic on a day that's not your regular scheduled time.)
??? - phone counseling. We've been told this really varies from week to week...
1-2 hrs/mo - paperwork, documenting contacts with clients, etc.

I'm in Northern NY & our WIC office rocks! They are all very nice. I've never gotten a hassel about not vaxing. They have big signs all over their waiting room encouraging mamas to BF. Most of the ladies who work there have been on WIC themselves in the past, and I've never gotten any sort of attitude or anything when I've gone into recert.

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Originally Posted by justmama View Post
Can I ask how you all got your wic jobs???? It really sounds perfect for me as I need something part time and something like that sounds right up my alley. Did you ask at the office or was it an advertised job?
The Peer Counselors had a table out at the Farmer's Market last summer with flyers. I picked one up & called inquiring about volunteering (the brochure said it was volunteer, but they were apparently old brochures...). She'd just run a class but took my name & called me about 14 months later to see if I was still interested. I was so I went in for an informational meeting (this was actually when I discovered it was paid!). I'd say just inquire at your local WIC office if they have Peer Counselors & what their process is. Maybe ask to speak to the person who is the head of their breastfeeding program?
post #50 of 315
If there are any military mamas here who could use expired coupons please PM me. I've got an envelope of expired ones I'm looking to get rid of. Thanks!

Holly
post #51 of 315
: I was so excited to find this thread I forgot to post what I'm thankful for!!!

I'm thankful that dh has had seasonal work selling corn, that I have a computer and internet, and that we are all healthy with a roof over our heads and food in the fridge and pantry. Oh, I'm also thankful that ds's job has meant fresh corn and peaches (as much as we can eat!) and we can maybe stretch it out for 2 more weeks!!!
post #52 of 315
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Originally Posted by lil_earthmomma View Post
: I was so excited to find this thread I forgot to post what I'm thankful for!!!

I'm thankful that dh has had seasonal work selling corn, that I have a computer and internet, and that we are all healthy with a roof over our heads and food in the fridge and pantry. Oh, I'm also thankful that ds's job has meant fresh corn and peaches (as much as we can eat!) and we can maybe stretch it out for 2 more weeks!!!
I am so jealous! I wish I lived near you to stock up!
post #53 of 315
Congratulations on the new baby what is her name?
post #54 of 315
If this was for me, thank you. And her name is Ruby Mae.

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Congratulations on the new baby what is her name?
post #55 of 315
I am so excited, I finally got my Social Security card in the mail today which means I can make the training class next week!!!!!! And I can start working soon. Never thought I'd be so thrilled about such a small thing.
post #56 of 315
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I am so excited, I finally got my Social Security card in the mail today which means I can make the training class next week!!!!!! And I can start working soon. Never thought I'd be so thrilled about such a small thing.
I know what you mean! I'm excited every time I make $5 extra, so I can relate. Good luck in the class. Keeping my fingers crossed for you!
post #57 of 315
Ruby Mae is a beautiful name, mamamoo! Hope you're both doing well!
post #58 of 315
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Originally Posted by sonrisaa29 View Post
I am so excited, I finally got my Social Security card in the mail today which means I can make the training class next week!!!!!! And I can start working soon. Never thought I'd be so thrilled about such a small thing.
Awesome! I need to get one, too.

Congrats Mamamoo!!! That was one of my GAunt's names, I believe. She was a great woman.
post #59 of 315
Just wanted to say hello and to all the mamas here.

I am a SAHM to 3, going on 4 kiddos. My husband went to truck driving school in 2005 and worked for a while as an OTR (over-the-road) trucker. The pay wasn't as good as we had hoped it would be (it takes a while to move away from the training/beginner pay, and you miss about a week's pay whenever you come home, which was about once a month... and that was hard on us as a family too, as you can imagine). So the #1 thing I am most thankful for is his current job, which is for a local distributor for Pepsi. They are good employers, and this is the first time we've had benefits and health ins. in years. I get to see him daily, even if he has weird hours, and he's got two days at home every week. I'm STILL so happy that he has this job, even though he's been there now for about a year. It's still amazing to me. We are in such a better place than we were before he went to school - comparatively speaking, I am still amazed. It is still a struggle even now, and when the hours cut back in the winter, it's going to get a little rough, but we can eat every week without tears, credit cards, or calling the in-laws and begging for money, and that is a blessing! It's amazing how much better it is now as compared to how it was just a short time ago.

I am also thankful we live in a community with so many thrift stores! I think there at least 7 I can think of off the top of my head, can you believe that? The Goodwill here is HUGE.

I am very thankful I am home with my children. I know there are a lot of mamas who want to be and can't be and I feel so blessed that I have such a privilege.

My FIL came for a visit a few weeks ago and bought us a KING size mattress! Our old mattress was compressed down to about 3 inches of thickness I think, it was a horrible el-cheapO to begin with, and we slept on it for years, went through my last miserable pregnancy on it. My current pregnant hips and back and ever-widening @$s totally thank him! AND we don't have to figure out how to get the toddler to sleep with his brother now, we can fit him AND the infant on the bed (I'm hoping!). It's on the floor, like our old one was and it is so much HIGHER off the ground, I can't believe how crappy our old mattress must have been by comparison. So I am totally thankful for that mattress.

Wow, I'm feeling these contractions in my lower back currently. Ugh. The baby was breech at my last appointment - so totally off-topic, but send some baby turning vibes my way, pretty please, Speaking of the baby, I am totally thankful for my midwife. She is so amazing and awesome - I wish everyone could have a birth care provider as wonderful as she is. And I know from my first two birth experiences and just reading about other's how rare that can be, sadly. That (being a difficult provider relationship) is definitely one thing I am NOT having to deal with currently or worry about, and what a relief it is.

Thanks for starting this thread and for the positive title and the idea for sharing our thanks! Such positivity feels good,
post #60 of 315

What a great thread

I am grateful for this thread.
I am a single mama to three preteen girls. I'm a graduate student who just moved to a very expensive area of the country to go to school (and yes, I feel a little guilty for doing so, but the opportunity outweighs the cost and I've decided that it doesn't negate my right to occasionally complain about the very high cost of living that makes an already poor family poor). Anyway, even the thrift stores here are expensive. I have about $15 to last until the seventeenth and that's if the money rolls right down like its supposed to. Having just moved, there are many things that we need (like a bed for me). Oh yea, my transmission blew up right before we moved...... etc.etc.etc.
I'm soo grateful:
the girls' school and mine is in walking distance
I'm two months behind in my rent, and, except for the fact that I have to pay it, that's fine (when does that happen?)!
I'm in walking distance from the beach, so entertainment is free.
I have free internet
my girls are healthy
I'm able to take out enough in loans to really get on our feet
there are food banks that don't ask questions
I get to go to graduate school (and a good one in an awesome place!)

I'm gonna make bank someday. Well, maybe not bank, but enough. The bills will always be paid, and if I want to buy something.....I will!
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