Monday, February 1, 2010

Day 31 - WIC & School...

Today Jonah and I went downtown to apply for WIC. WIC stands for Women, Infants & Children. It is a government funded program that provides nutritious food and nutrition education at no charge to women, infants and children who are at nutrition risk. Since Jonah is a foster child, he is automatically eligible. Our three previous foster children were all past the formula stage and eating the same food our girls eat so we never felt the need to enroll them in WIC. However since Jonah is on formula, I decided to go ahead and check the program out. I have been putting it off for a couple months because I have heard from other foster moms that the enrollment process is a nightmare and the idea of signing up for a "government check" seemed strange. This morning, I headed to the WIC office expecting the worst...and well....it wasn't bad at all :o) The workers were all VERY nice. There were several children in the waiting area that were all cute & entertaining :o) I got to watch several videos about smart shopping and cooking healthy :o) And best of all...after the appointment I took Jonah's first voucher to Wal-Mart and got a whole months worth of formula for FREE :o) That is a savings of $130 :o) Sooooooo exciting :o) When Jonah is six months old, the vouchers will cover baby food and cereal.

Just wanted to share our experience in case there are any others out there considering foster care or that are currently providing foster care :o)

While we were at the appointment, they weighed Mr. Jonah and he now weighs.....drum roll....10.6 pounds!!! My baby is growing! A few of you have asked if Jonah was a premature because of his low birth weight and I keep forgetting to respond...sorry! Jonah was actually born at 42 weeks.

After our pretty quick appointment (only 1 1/2 hours!! I had been told it could take ALL day!), we met Daddy for lunch at Panera Bread..YUMMY!!! That is probably my favorite place to eat these days :o) I just LOVE their sandwiches and soup!!!

This afternoon, Hillary Ashton and I went to a local public elementary school and enrolled her for next year. I know this sounds weird, but I was totally unprepared for one of the first questions they asked me:
Lady: "What grade will Hillary Ashton be in next year?"
Me: "Kinder....um...I...um...(fighting back tears)...First Grade."
How in the world is it time to enroll my BABY in first grade? Deep breaths, deep breaths!

So back to the story...We have no intentions of sending her to this particular school. However, there is ONE elementary school in our district that has decent test scores (yes...you heard me right...ONE) and we will try to secure her a spot at that school for next year. However, you have to register in the school you are zoned for and then apply for your choice school once you are accepted. I think our chances are pretty slim, but if she gets in it will be a good option to think about. We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the school she attends now, but I am just not sure how feasible it will be to have three (or four) enrolled there in a few years. We will just keep praying and hoping that things will work out :o)

One thing to add...the school I took her to this afternoon was an open space learning school...meaning NO walls! It was CRAZY! When I say no walls, I mean NO WALLS! The classrooms were divided by waist high bookshelves. You could stand in the library area and see the desks in all the classrooms...first through fifth grade.

Oh and I got some new fabric today :o) It is really cute. I can't wait to get started on these outfits! I just have to get through with these ladybugs outfits first :o(

1 comment:

Emy said...

Wow, I didn't know WIC was such a great program!!!

Panera is my FAVORTIE lunch spot! I love the turkey artichoke panini! YUM!!!

My son goes to an open school too. I actually went there when I was his age, so I knew what to expect, but my husband thinks it is CRAZY too! ha ha! I guess you just get used to it. And thankfully they have the highest test scores in our district, whew! :o)