Why Mama Deserves a Push Present

Choosing an eternity ring at Ascot Diamonds

Choosing an eternity ring at Ascot Diamonds

While the practice of giving a gift to a new mother has been around for ages; the popularity of push presents in recent years has been attributed in part to media coverage of celebrities receiving them.  Years ago, gifts such as land and animals were given to new mamas; while today most women request an eternity ring.  After poking my head around the internet I found a statistic on BabyCenter stating that the mention of push presents on their forum has increased by 41% in the last 18 months. It looks like pregnant mamas today are more likely than ever to be gifted a little extra sparkle. 

The first time I mentioned the push present tradition to Patrick I’m fairly certain he thought I made it up; in fact, I spent the next few weeks doing my homework with other mamas in my neighborhood to make sure he knew I wasn’t bamboozling him. Because Channing arrived very early, I  I played my weary, sleep deprived self to my best advantage.  On a few different occasions when Patrick and I were spending time with other couples I intentionally brought up the subject to show him what various push presents looked like: one of my friends received a ring with her sons birthstone, another received a rose gold diamond eternity ring, and the last a gold necklace with a diamond and initial charm for each child.


While I may not have received a push present right away, the wait was worth it. On Christmas Day Patrick wrapped an Ascot Diamonds box in one of Channing’s cloth diapers. He told me proudly, she left you a present. I unwrapped the beautiful rose gold band with a suspicious look on my face.  Patrick made sure I knew he didn’t forget my special present; instead, he wanted it to be more special by adding some additional Christmas spirit to it.

In light of Mothers Day, I truly believe thats what a push present truly is - its a gift to celebrate a mamas journey, a journey just beginning, a roller coaster of emotions, and a physical phenomenon. If you’re hoping to celebrate a new mama in your life, choose Ascot Diamonds, the most excellent jeweler in Atlanta.


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!