Carter's Partners with NICU Mamas Across the Country

When I found out I was pregnant, I downloaded a pregnancy app on my phone and began tracking our little beans growth obsessively.  I perused baby development websites, memorized milestones, and counted down the days to hitting my second trimester. 13 weeks meant I could breathe a sigh of relief knowing that miscarriage probabilities were far less likely in our journey ahead.  In my experience, I worried more at the beginning of my pregnancy, before my bump appeared and the little kicks and nudges became familiar friends.  Unlike many preemie mamas, I didn’t show any signs of an unhealthy pregnancy; in fact, my biggest concern was how painful delivery would be.  Some women have problems getting pregnant, some women experience early miscarriage(s), and others like me have problems staying pregnant.

Encouragement

This year in honor of World Prematurity Day, I joined forces with Carters in a nationwide initiative to surprise and delight NICU mamas with pieces from their new preemie line. Carters provided slogan-ed onesies, I hand-wrote notes of encouragement and understanding for each mama, and the Northside NICU granted us access to deliver goodies and chat with the daytime nurses. As the days lead up to our delivery, I reflected on our time at Northside, crossing my fingers that I’d run into some of Channing’s scrub-wearing super heroes.

Take a peak at our delivery:

“My Super Heroes Wear Scrubs”

“My Super Heroes Wear Scrubs”

Channing’s favorite nurse, Jen

Channing’s favorite nurse, Jen

Northside Hospital NICU, 7th Floor

Northside Hospital NICU, 7th Floor

Channing’s first outfit she ever wore

Channing’s first outfit she ever wore

When Channing was in the NICU, preemie clothes were hard to find and Carters were the only outfits small enough for us to consider. I remember the day we first dressed her, the soft pink layette looked so small in my hands and so big on her body. Now Carters offers two different preemie sizes, up to 5 pounds, and up to 6 pounds, making it easier for the tiniest of babies to have a better fit. Bonus, drying the outfits on high heat (not recommended by Carter’s) will help shrink the outfits for the little bitties.

Carters new preemie line has curated 17 new styles with the unique needs of NICU babies in mind. Plastic snaps have replaced metal for x-rays, easy access closures have been added at the arms, and encouraging messages like, “I may look small but I dream BIG” and “this is my fight shirt” are printed on baby onesies. It’s no surprise that Carter’s Senior Brand Marketing Director is a preemie mama herself, they knocked this line out of the park!

Preemie

This blog post is a #sponsored post; however, all thoughts are my own.

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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!