Today, as I was browsing my fellow "March 2012" pregnancy boards on babycenter, I came across this awesome/controversial 10 commandments for people receiving government assistance list.
As full time employees, students and now expecting, we have turned to government assistance programs and they have saved us during these tough times. It's amazing how judgmental and irritated people can become as we 'hold up the line' and use our WIC checks at the store. It's even more disgusting seeing the looks the front desk girls give us at the Dr's when you show them your Medicaid card. It's like we have a disease or something. Seriously, we pay our taxes and are not milking the system. I agree that there are those who do abuse it, but every situation is different
We are not embarrassed to partake in these programs. We are just trying to live our lives.
Someday the tables will turn. We'll be done with school and David will be a high rollin Chiropractor. I can't wait!!
The 10 commandments for people receiving government assistance:
1.Thou shalt not have nice clothing, handbags, shoes, etc. It doesn't matter if they were gifts, second hand, or bought during better times. You are poor, and should look poor. How else will others identify you?
2.Cell phones, Internet, cable TV are all too good for you. It doesn't matter if you need them to look for work or to get an education or if they are the only entertainment your family has. It also doesn't matter if cancelling these services would result in major contract termination fees.
3.Thou shalt not spend food stamps on fancy foods. Velveeta and Wonder Bread are good enough for you.
4.Thou shalt look appropriately humiliated when using food stamps or WIC vouchers.
5.Thou shalt pull yourself up by your bootstraps. If that doesn't work, thou shalt pull harder.
6.Thou shalt not be seen in any vehicle nicer than a 1976 Dodge Dart. Ever. Never buy, borrow or accept a ride in anything nicer.
7.Thou shalt sell every possession that is not absolutely necessary to sustain life. If you are not living a life as austere as a Buddhist monk is, you have too much and are sponging off the system.
8.Thou shalt allow thyself to be scrutinized and criticized at all points by any taxpayer who wishes. After all, they are funding your lifestyle.
9.Thou shalt not reproduce. Even if your children came at a time when you didn't need government assistance, you should have anticipated you would need it in the future and used a condom.
10.Thou shalt remember that no matter what, it is your fault you are poor. You chose this.
Disclaimer: In case it is not obvious, this list is drenched in sarcasm.
I'm just a few weeks shy of hitting the last trimester! Can you believe it!????!!??
Where has the time gone!? Pregnancy has been easy-peasy. It's getting so fun now that I can feel our little guy moving around pretty much 24/7. It was such a sweet moment when David felt him kick for the first time last night. There were a few happy/excited tears shed. Anyways, to add onto this post I thought i'd share some of my intese cravings from this trimester.
Chicken Top Ramen: Yea, I said it. I haven't eaten top ramen since middle school. I've eaten through 2.5 cases in the last few months. Good thing they're dirt cheep.
Apples: get in my belly. I spent $$$ on a couple weeks worth of apples, honey crisp to be more specific. They were gone in 3 days. Lets just say I haven't had a problem being 'regular' thanks to these babies.
Mountain Dew: I only get to indulge in this one once in a while. All the suger makes my stomach churn but oh does that first sip taste soooo good.
Toast: with butter and honey. Best when accompanied by hot coco.
Starburst/Twix: These were my candies of choice during the Halloween season. We had no tricker treaters so I got to stash a couple bags mwahaha.
You'd think with this diet i'd be a cow by now. I've gained 8 lbs so far. Thankfully I've been healthy enough to keep on a solid workout routine. I think living on the third floor also helps a lot! Heaven knows I couldn't keep this hot bod with out some hard work and discipline ;) My handsome husband has also been a big support reminding me that pregnancy is NOT an excuse to eat for two and that I still look beautiful on those days when I look in the mirror all I see is a stretched belly-badonkadonk-harry beast woman.
Thank goodness for him.