Millennial+Married started as a pregnancy diary and is now a parenthood/lifestyle diary. I mainly post about Baby Zay (who is due an update post because he has grown so much!), but will expand to include: my nursing school journey, vegan journey, a little travel, and local eateries (we love supporting small businesses ❤).
Two years ago this week, my husband proposed to me at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. I was under the impression that we were taking couple photos for a friend’s photography business as we have done once before. During our last photoshoot two months prior, I thought he was going to propose and was a little disappointed when he didn’t.
The proposal took place in one of the most beautiful areas of the garden with a large fountain in the background. I started crying when he bent down on one knee because we talked about our future before and now it was here; a reality.
There were a few people around that gave us our congratulations. Later, we drove to a low country restaurant, which is my all time favorite food. My mom is from the low country of SC so I know it well. When I walked in, to my surprise, our family and friends were there! They were there to congratulate and celebrate our new engagement. We talked, ate, took pictures, and had a good time. Afterwards, it started raining and we ran to the car. There we kissed like they do in the movies; corny and in the rain lol.
The COVID-19 virus is a new strain of the Coronavirus making it’s way around the world. There has been a lot of panic and chaos, much due to the fear of the unknown. Because this virus is new to us, there are no vaccines available to provide immunity.
My current residency has less than twenty illnesses with no deaths at this time. Officials closed schools until the end of the month and people are making preparations to stay indoors for a while.
Because of the highly contagious nature of the virus, experts recommend we all practice “social distancing” and limit our interactions with others to contain the spread. There is data from past pandemics to support the benefits of social distancing.
The chart above compares two cities during the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918. One city experienced higher numbers of fatalities because people continued to interact in large numbers. The other city intervened right away by enacting the “social distancing” method. As you can see, their fatalities were significantly less.
More Local Happenings…
The stores are completely out of hand sanitizers, Lysol disinfectant spray, and Lysol/Clorox wipes. I notice more people are wiping down the carts at the store more than ever before. Also, people seem to be much more aware of public hygiene practices such as covering your cough and sneeze.
Preparation and Mental Health
My family has been following ALL of the recommendations by the CDC and WHO; social distancing, hygiene, our vaccines are up to date, etc. There’s not much left to do, but check for updates, then unplug. Watching the news is depressing right now and will drive you crazy. We are taking this time to catch up on chores, read from our 2020 booklist, and find some other hobby. There is a silver lining to this confusion.
Everyday, I or my husband make sure to thoroughly sanitize and sterilize our son’s bottles before we make his milk. Per the Center for Disease Control, properly cleaning baby bottles helps to prevent microbials from contaminating the milk you feed your baby.
Antibacterial dish soap
Small basin tub
Bottle cleaning brushes
Bottle drying rack
First, fill a large pot with water and place it on the stove.
Turn the stove on to the highest setting because you want the water to boil at an extremely hot temperature. High heat kills bacteria and viruses.
Fill a small basin with warm water and dish soap.
Next, take a bottle brush and thoroughly scrub each bottle piece.
Rinse with warm water.
Next, place the bottles in the large pot and let it boil for at least two minutes.
Use tongs to transfer the bottle pieces from the pot to the drying rack. If you don’t have a drying rack, just use a clean towel or multiple paper towels.