Two Pink Lines

 Dinner date night in Hualalai, Hawaii

Dinner date night in Hualalai, Hawaii

It was a breezy night on our honeymoon in Hualalai, HI when I asked my husband how long he wanted to wait before having kids.  I knew we both wanted to have children within two years or so, but I was hoping he’d give me a more clear answer.  I was anxious for his response, and apprehensive he wouldn’t be up for the ‘let’s stop being careful’ approach I was ready to take.  I don’t remember his exact words; however, I remember the flood of emotions that overwhelmed me when he replied, “a year or two.”  I knew deep down, I was born to be a mom.  A few short weeks before our wedding I told Patrick, “I’ve wanted kids since I was five.”  When Patrick saw my face flush and my eyes well up with tears, he backtracked assuring me that he wanted to have kids soon. He looked at me and said, “You are going to be an amazing mom, and if we get pregnant in Hawaii, I will be okay with it.”

 5 weeks pregnant, and we didn't even know - Beaufort, SC

5 weeks pregnant, and we didn't even know - Beaufort, SC

Two weeks after we got home from our honeymoon, Patrick and I were in Beaufort, SC with my parents when I realized my PMS symptoms were heightened, and I was four days late.  Luckily I had a leftover pregnancy test in my bedroom, I’m one of those people who takes a pregnancy test every time I’m late.  Without saying anything to Patrick, I snuck into the bathroom and took the pregnancy test. The first pink line appeared immediately, the second like a slow drumroll followed by a carnival bell after winning the high striker. Sitting in the bathroom with my little stick, thoughts rushed through my head, “How do I tell Patrick?,” “Can I call Avery and ask her?,” “What will Patrick think if we have a girl?”

 The day before we took the pregnancy test-Beaufort, SC

The day before we took the pregnancy test-Beaufort, SC

Without overthinking it, I walked toward the doorway of my bedroom to find Patrick with bags tossed over his shoulders midway through loading our car. He sort of gestured that I was in his way, but I stood there like a statue, “My heart’s beating really fast.” Patrick said, “mine is too.” I looked at him and said, “No, feel my heart.”  He looked at me a bit perplexed, I pulled out the pregnancy test I had hiding behind my back, and I showed him two pink lines.  Patrick dropped the bags, wrapped me up in the tightest hug, and kissed my forehead. I looked at him through glassy eyes and saw the same glimmer in his, “We’re gonna be parents!”  

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Carly Grace Milyo

Born in New York City,  Carly Grace grew up in Atlanta and graduated from The Westminster Schools.  Carly received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Virginia Tech in 2012. During her college career, Carly began practicing yoga as an escape from her intense ACC Cheerleading training. The rigor and requirements Carly upheld as an ACC athlete combined with the social expectations and action packed schedule expected of an Alpha Phi left Carly depleted both physically and mentally.  Before Carly found yoga, she used running, partying with friends, and restricting her diet to maintain a sense of control in her life. It was Carly's true desire to find more purposeful and authentic friendships and to invest her time in cultivating her greater well-being and spirituality that lead her to yoga. 

The creativity and physical challenge of yoga captivated and inspired Carly. Yoga was the first thing Carly practiced where the perfect-ten mentality was not required; in fact, perfection is the antithesis of yoga principles.  After hanging up her poms poms and retiring from her ACC Cheerleading career, Carly quickly found herself  invested in the In Balance Yoga Community in Blacksburg, VA.  With encouragement and affirmation from Studio Owner, Becky Crigger, Carly set out for New York City to train with Dana Trixie Flynn at Laughing Lotus Love Skool.

Yoga Alliance 200 E-RYT, Carly has studied and practiced with many influencers and teachers all over the United States.  Carly currently teaches Thunderbolt Power Yoga®;  a powerful alignment based vinyasa flow inspired by some of her greatest influencers including, Dana Trixie Flynn and Baron Baptiste.  Carly infuses creative ideas and sequencing into her classes. Her purpose as a teacher is to inspire people to move like themselves. Carly is committed to helping students be audaciously playful in both their practice and in their lives. 

You can catch Carly Grace teaching at her studio Thunderbolt Power Yoga, at off-site events such as the infamous FIT Yoga Series with Carly Grace at W Atl Buckhead, at music festivals, corporate conferences, and more!  Be sure to look out for Carly's quarterly Boombox Power Yoga® Class offered alongside a live DJ, accompanied by her pink boombox, and enhanced with a 16 inch disco ball. 

In the mean time, you can follow her adventures on instagram (@yoga__barbie) or give her a wave when you see her drive by in her infamous pink jeep!