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Entering New Territory: Teething Stage 1

Honestly, I thought we had time. I thought it usually doesn’t start until about 6 months. The sleepless nights, cranky days and messed up feeding schedules. But we’re here, and we’re hating it. 

That’s right. Tate’s 


This little Tot has proceeded to try and do everything early and teething is just another thing to add to the list. I don’t think we’re quite IN the fire yet. As in no teeth are cutting or budding. But the extra saliva, face rubbing, and chewing everything in site is definitely in play. 

Because Tate is so little it’s kind of hard to find the right teething toys for him. But so far we are using 3 in rotation. One of which comes from Ryan and Rose. This BPA, silicone and lead free teething ring is both light weight and stylish. Now this teething ring is still just a little too big for my little man’s mouth. But trust, he still tries his best to shove the entire thing in. What’s even better about the Ryan and Rose teether is that it’s a rattle! So even when it’s not being used to soothe gums it doubles as the perfect play time toy, especially in the car. One less item to drag around is always nice, am I right? 

Being that Tate is so young, another difficulty is he cannot necessarily put items to his mouth yet. And since I only have two hands (still figuring who to talk to about changing this feature for moms) losing teething rings and other toys in the scuffle is pretty common. The Ryan and Rose clip is such a big help for this! I can use the stylish clip to connect whichever teething ring I’m currently using onto him, the stroller or even the diaper bag! It is so convenient.  And safe! Made by moms, these uniquely designed pacifier clips are shorter than traditional clips. Making it safer in terms of choking and also cleaner with a mobile baby by keeping it off the ground. And if your like me who plans to write their child’s name on everything you can even get your cutie clip specially engraved with your little one’s name on it! 

Now I won’t say I’ve mastered this whole teething thing. Honestly I feel like quite the opposite of that. So I would LOVE your suggestions. What’s some definite must haves or tips that you’ve tried to get through this level? Any information can help! 

See ya! 
Aysia B. 

p.s. head over to my Instagram to enter in the GIVEAWAY for a Ryan and Rose teething rattle and pacifier clip! GIVEAWAY ends Sunday 3/25 at 5pm. 


Road Trippin’ (How to do a Road Trip with a baby that HATES their car seat)

If you’ve been following the blog for a while now then you know Gunner was indeed my very first tiny travel companion. Both by land and by air I had to prep Gunner for many trips. A bag packed full of treats and toys and we were ready to go! Well this time I have another little travel companion and if I’m being honest, he’s just not as simple. 

Tate has now been on about 4 total road trips. Most of them being back and forth between Ohio and Delaware. I know what your thinking, “Oh he’s an infant you pop him in the seat and he just falls right asleep”. Well guess what? WRONGO BUDDY! Tate does NOT like his car seat. This makes for a much more difficult car ride. 

Unfortunately for Mr. Tot comes from a road trip family; both on my side and Briean's. We are all known to take many trips by car. So getting him adjusted to long stretches on the road is a must. 

Here are my top 5 tips for Road Trippin’ with a baby who does NOT like their car seat:
  1. Feeding. There are one of two ways to do this. For our first trip or two I pumped bottles for feeding. Tate typically eats every 2 hours (yes still, my feelings are the same). So I pump 1 bottle for every 3 hours. So our 6 hour trip I have 2 bottle in tow. Now recently, Tate started having teething problems so he’s refusing the bottle. So I am breast feeding him at every stop whether he’s hungry or not. This keeps him full for the trip and less screaming encounters for all passengers invoiced. 
  2. Entertainment. Tate’s only 11 weeks old so this one would appear to be difficult, but WRONGO again! This little man loves tv. I know I know, bad mom, but sometimes I have to get things done. So on our road trip I whip out the movies/ shows to help keep him calm. Also in rotation is his teething rings, car seat handle toy and mommy’s finger of course. With a baby that hates their seat it’s important to have multiple entertainment items.  Just like they get bored with the seat, they will get bored with the toys just as fast.
  3. Warmth. When we get on the road, I bundle Tate in his hat and a light blanket on top of his outfit which is a onesie and undershirt included. I find that when Tate’s a little warm and cozy he seems to sleep better and longer during the rides. The aiden+anais blanket is both warm and thin at the same time. Keeping him from getting too overheated and waking up. I love this blanket! 
  4. Planning. If your kids anything like mine they don’t want to spend any idle time in that car seat. So before I even put Tate in his seat I have a game plan. When my next stop is, where exactly it will be and how long we plan to be there. By eliminating the unnecessary stops I’m able to take out those times where Tate’s just hanging out in his seat and save those times for peaceful moments on the actual road.
  5. Enjoy it! There may be rough patches, crying bouts. and many extra stops on the road. But at the end of the day your on a road trip with people you love. Enjoy that time. No two road trips will be the same and every aspect of it won’t be the same either. Enjoy the good times and embrace the bad. 

Where are you planning for your next road trip?? I’d love to know ! 

See ya! 

Aysia B. 


5 Pregnancy Fears you forget after you have Baby

I miss my preggo bump. A line I’ve heard many moms say time and time again. I’m sure this statement sounds strange to dad’s or women without kids but you just don’t understand. The bump becomes... a part of you. It’s a conversation starter in public, the perfect accessory for pictures and it gives you access to nice perks like always being first in line in the restroom. If your a woman, you understand how important this is. It’s like I miss all things belly. Well almost all things.

What I don’t miss are those worrisome thoughts! It’s inevitable. It’s almost like the second you become pregnant your brain says “Oh yay!” followed by “OMG. Let’s worry about EVERYTHING that could go wrong”. 

So here are my 5 "favorite fears” you forget about after you have the baby:
  1. Healthy. This is number one because well, it’s the first and most reoccurring thought we all have. We pray and pray, cross our fingers and pray some more that at each doctors visit we get just good news and no signs of bad health for baby or ourselves. This isn’t necessarily a fear that goes away, but I’d say your too busy enjoying baby to think about it as much. 
  2. Cuteness. Okay maybe this ones just me? But let me tell you I prayed that my child would be cute just as much as I prayed he was healthy. “Healthy and handsome”, an amazing combination. I know I know, so vain. But let’s all be honest here, it’s so much easier to deal with a screaming baby at 3 am when he’s amazingly cute! 

  3. Not being a good mom. Another classic. Regardless if you have babysat since you were 12, took a birthing class or even if you have had kids before! Every mom has concerns over being a good mom to their current unborn child. Piece of advice I received that helped me was, “your worried about being a good mom, that’s how you know your already a good mom”. Best advice ever. 
  4. Lack of sleep. This is a fear put on us preggo mamas by every other current mama out there. They scare you with the “it’s all great until it’s 3am and they’re up”. But guess what? This ones not a fear, it’s a reality. It’s easier to just accept it ahead of time and then move on.
  5. Labor. This ones last because though it starts from the beginning of pregnancy, it’s last. This is literally THE LAST fear you will have when your pregnant. Because right after you get to pushing that baby out, your no longer pregnant so no more fears.  We won’t get into the start of the baby fears. Labor is labor. It hurts, sometimes it’s long, sometimes it’s messy but in the end... it’s all worth it. I know people say it all the time, but it’s really the God honest truth. 

These are just my favorites. What’s some other fears you had during pregnancy? 

See ya!

Aysia B.


Bath Time Routine

This post is sponsored by Blooming Baby,
who compensated me for my honest opinion about their product. 
All opinions are my own.

I love my sleep. I can sleep anytime, anywhere and sleep HARD. I call it a special skill. A skill I haven’t been able to perform very well lately thanks to Mr. Tate.

When you join the momma community almost all moms wonder about your sleep. It’s kind of like we’re all deserted on an island and we just keep asking around to see if someone has found the magic secret to getting us off the island and never having to get back on it again. New moms, old moms, current moms, past moms; birth moms, foster moms and step moms. All moms have or has had the same question. He’s so stinking cute... 


Well let me tell you I have not figured out the secret formula for us never having to get back on that sleepless island, but if I do I’ll share it with the world for a small token. In the meantime I’ll be using the tips and help of other mamas to try to get some sleep relief for at least a few months.

In my research on how to get your newborn to sleep, I kept running across the same major tip: create a routine. The articles gave suggestions on reading, rocking, nursing and more to perform before bed time. All of these tips given to try to make baby sleepy or begin to “wind down” before bed. Of all my favorite bed time suggestions, bath time has to be my favorite. I mean who doesn’t love a clean smelling baby? 

Blooming Bath lotus flower makes bath time so easy! From set up to clean up the entire process is so simple and gives me such worry free time with little Tot.  

With Daddy working, sometimes bath time is just me and Tate. On those occasions it’s quite hard juggling baby, tub, towels, etc. The lightweight lotus flower makes the juggling act a little easier for the sink bath time set up. Having only two hands definitely proves as a problem in the mom world on more than one occasion. But the snug design helps keep baby boy in place so I’m free to use both hands to wash him up. Our kitchen sink is a little larger giving it a little extra room on the sides, but I’ve noticed the bath fits perfectly in smaller sinks.  Since the lotus flower is different than traditional tubs, it doesn’t act like a soaker tub with the water remaining around baby during the entire bath. To prevent this problem I plug the sink as this keeps the water in the tub a little longer. What’s even more convenient with the Blooming Bath is once bath time is up and Tate’s safely snuggled in his towel I can just ring out the petals and hang it on a hook!  Once he’s sleep in bed I throw it in the dryer on low/delicate.  If I forget to put it in the dryer, the great thing is that within 24 hours of it hanging, it’s ready for its next use. Not having to wipe down or clean surfaces after bath means more time for story time and cuddles! 

People may laugh at me, but I SWEAR by the bath time ritual! So far I feel bath time is a great way to wind down with baby boy and get him all cozy for bedtime in his own sleeper and the Blooming Bath is such a big help! Now if I can only figure out how to get him to sleep for longer feeding stretches in the night. 

p.s. Im hosting a giveaway for one blooming bath lotus over on my Instagram.

See ya! 

Aysia B.


BTG Feature Friday: Mel Pillard

You ever meet someone and you just hit it off accidentally? When you meet that person you don't realize what role they may later play in your life. Yea well that’s Mel for me.  I met her in my "one week of party days" in a club in Miami.  Kept in loose contact over social media and now here we are a year later helping each other with multiple avenues of advice from business, motherhood and fitness.  Mel Pillard has been a mother for 7 years.  She has a son named Ethan.  In the midst of running behind her multi sport athlete son, she is working a full time job, traveling and trying to get her non-profit up off the ground.  To help start off the non- profit, she is about to take her turn in this blogging world.  So without further ado, here is my first #BTGfeaturefriday. 

Aysia: Mel it is so great to have you on the blog!  So we’re just going to jump right in.  When did you become a mom? 

 Mel: At 19.  I was a sophomore in college and had to drop out. 

Aysia: Being a mom now is hard so I can only imagine how difficult that was for you.  So short blurb about your labor story. (i’m obsessed with them! lol)

Mel: As you know, nothing went as planned.  So as I said, I had to drop out.  I had to get a job at Home Depot.  I worked up until the day of my labor.  I was dealing with preeclampsia throughout my pregnancy but my doctors told me not to worry.  Well that day I started to feel weird like things were off.  It turned out my blood pressure was in the 150’s over 120’s.  So I drove myself to a low income hospital near my job and 26 hours later, I had my son!

Aysia: That is a crazy story! And I thought my 20 hours was bad but 6 more hours I would have just about died. I was so over the whole process after my change of plans. But now you have Ethan, the greatest thing ever. How do you feel becoming a mom has changed you?

Mel: It gives me purpose.  Before Ethan I just did what I wanted.  I dated and went about life how I pleased, and now I’m more cautious. In raising him, I found my purpose in life. 

Aysia: What’s the biggest struggle of being a single mom? 

Mel: Mom guilt.  I feel guilty if I’m giving my attention to something else and not Ethan. Since there’s not two parents in the household, Ethan definitely gets more out of me because I don't want him to ever feel like he's missing out on something with it just being me and him. 

Aysia: I can definitely understand that.  I left the house the other day without Tate and felt the mom guilt.  It comes in all shapes and sizes.  For you, what’s the best part of being a mom?

Mel: He’s my best friend.  And he thinks I am his too, that’s what’s even more great!

Aysia: That is so sweet!! So we all know; mommyhood is hard. How do you keep from getting overwhelmed? What resources do you use?

Mel: Even with the mom guilt, I just always make sure to take time out for me.  One way I do that is working out.  I take all my frustrations and stress out at the gym so I don’t bring them home or transfer them to Ethan.
Aysia: Definitely! In speaking of hard, I know your child is older and more independent but, I barely have time to shower and yet you always look so fabulous.  I need the secret lol.  How do you do it?

Mel: Again that time for me.  As far as getting dressed, I take no more than 20 min to do my make up.  And I honestly only wear it on the weekends and if I have a presentation at work. On the weekends, I’ll take a little more of that me time and dress it up.

Aysia: That’s what I need. That little more time to get dressed up.  But I’m sure that’ll come as Tate gets older. Okay, best tips for moms who are trying to get healthy/ fit but don't feel they have the time or energy to do it?

Mel: You don’t always have to go to the gym. I pay so much for my phone plan why not put it to use right?  I use a lot of apps on my phone to get some workouts in at home.  I also do leg lifts and those type of workouts while I’m cooking.  So I do a lot of trying to find other ways to incorporate it in my day to day activities. 

Aysia: That is great advice.  Just adding it to something you already do, thus killing two birds with one stone. What’s one thing you can share with new moms that you wish you would have known starting out?

Mel: It’s okay to let others help.  When Ethan was first born I’d hover over his dad and my mom making sure he was okay because no one could get the job done like me.  But they both would tell me, you have to let someone else do it.  When Ethan first started going with his dad I would call so much he eventually stopped answering my calls telling me I had to let go some.  And he was right.

Aysia: That's my problem.  I want all the help but I want the help done in the way I want it done.  Definitely learning to let go a little more.  So now here you are, experienced mom, an entrepreneur; what made you decide to create a blog? 

Mel: I have so many moms ask me things about parenthood, make up, health etc.  You’d be surprised to see the amount of messages I get in my inbox about it.  But at the same time I hear so many of those same people say they didn’t think they could just message me and ask.  So I figured I’d group it all in one place so they can see I have the same issues as them.  On the blog I can give advice and tips on things such as fitness, beauty and motherhood.

Aysia: That is so great! When people visit your site what do you want them to get or feel? What’s your purpose? 

Mel: I want them to feel that I’m relatable.  I want them to feel they can relate to me and the things that I’m experiencing.  No matter what topic they came there for I want them to feel the advice they get is real and comes from the heart. 

Aysia: So what’s in store now?! What’s next? 

Mel: I really want to get my non profit up and running. I basically want to give back to the community of single mothers.  I know a lot of single mothers have less fortunate circumstances and don't have the same opportunities as others.  So giving them motherhood skills and lessons is a really big passion for me.  I want them to feel prepared as best as they can for motherhood.  Still fine tuning things but definitely keep an eye out for it. 

Aysia: Alright ending it off light, funniest thing Ethan has ever said or done?

Mel: Oh goodness.  Ethan’s a jokester.  He loves to play and make jokes.  So last April Fools him and my mom got me good.  It was in the morning before work and school and he kept bugging me about when I was going to brush my teeth.  And I kept telling him wait a minute, soon, etc.  So I finally went to brush my teeth and when I turned on the faucet the water was coming out red.  Now I didn’t know they had put food dye in the faucet, so I’m freaking out and Ethan’s just laughing and laughing.  So that was probably the funniest thing. 

Aysia: OMG that is so funny! I probably would have freaked out too. Well thank you so much Mel for being my first feature! I appreciate it so much and can’t wait to read your blog!!

Mel: You are so welcome!  Can’t wait to read the final product!

p.s. Don’t forget to check out Mel’s upcoming blog releasing in the next few weeks!! 

Instagram: @melpillard


Mom; the superhero, the myth, the legend

I feel like it’s not said enough. 


I mean we take a little cell and create it into a living, walking and breathing human that will one day reproduce another little living, walking and breathing human. 

But, as a new mother it is so important to me that people not only see my mom cap but that they see my others accomplishments as well. That is why I am starting a feature Friday. On the first Friday of every month I will highlight an inspirational mom. One that not only wears her momma cap so well but also knows how to throw on her other caps and wear those too.  Since the Between the Gold community has grown, I figured why not use the first month (a little off schedule) to feature myself and at the same time greet my new friends! 

I am Aysia. I’m a pretty amazing mom of two. Okay really I’m average and I’m only a mom to one actual baby and a fur baby but trust, he’s just as important. I‘ve been a nurse for 2 years but since having baby boy that part of my life has come to a halt temporarily. 

Me, being a planner, I had the perfect plan set in action for December 31st. But as plans ever do change, so did mine. And on December 29, 2017 after 20 LONG hours of labor, I welcomed a beautiful baby boy by c-section. 

And it hasn’t been easy since. But honestly the best part of my day is waking up in the morning with Tate. He’s 2 months now so he’s starting to find his voice. We now have full morning conversations and I swear he’s going to say a word soon. 

Since having Tate I’ve learned the art of patience and selflessness. I have struggled significantly to balance the two.  Making sure I give enough to Tate but also keep some parts of me sacred for me. 

I’ve heard before people say when you have a child to journal for him. But I think it’s important for a mom to also journal for themselves. It’s where you can put everything that you don’t necessarily want  to put in the baby book. Blogging for me gives me that relief.

Between the Gold has been my mind baby for about 2 years now. It started for me in the crazy life of football in the NCAA/ NFL. With all the traveling, games and supporting, it was so important for me to have somewhere I could vent and express myself. And this blog is still just that. With my new cap of mommyhood and juggling that even crazier life I find my need for the blog even more. 

When people come to my blog I want them to feel reality. I want them to be able to read my posts and say “me too”. Though I miss nursing, blogging has made this temporary stay at home mom gig a little easier. I can’t wait to continue to share all my ideas, lessons learned and tons of cute pictures of my little Tot. 

See ya! 

Aysia B.

p.s. Stay tuned this week Friday for my feature on the momma socialite Mel Pillard! 


How I got my Dog Ready for Baby

Today is national love your pet day and if anyone knows me... this is my kind of holiday. I remember when I was pregnant I used to say I wasn’t sure if I’d love my baby as much as I love Gunner. Let the record stand I was mistaken by 100%. But it does not change the fact that I love this dog so incredibly much and he will ALWAYS be my first baby.

When people learn that I have a 1 year old pitbull in my house as well as a newborn their mind always goes to one question... 

How does the dog do with the baby?

If I’m being completely honest, Gunner is such a good big fur brother. He loves to sniff Tate all the time. He runs to get us if Tate’s crying in another room. And for the most part if a person is holding Tate he’s incredibly gentle and with a little coaching will leave them alone. 

Once I found out I was pregnant I too was a little nervous of how Gunner would be with the baby. For one, he went from being my sweet social pup at the dog parks to my super protector against any dog that came anywhere near me.  Secondly, going from being the only baby to sharing the spotlight is hard on anybody. In my mind I wondered how will he cope with the change? Is he going to be extra possessive of the baby? Will he let other people come near him? 

But you have to know your dog. I know Gunner is such a sweet pup. And even with all the over protectiveness towards me I knew that he would accept this baby; cries and loud, smelly poops included. But I wasn’t sure how long this acceptance would take. So I got out the material and started reading up on how to acclimate your dog to your newborn and how to get him ready for the big life change. Here’s the best tips I found! 
  • Start slow. Aka do NOT just walk into the house after being gone for 2-3 days with a new baby. That adjustment is hard. I read that prepping the dog with things like recorded cries and loud baby toys is a good start. Another great tip I loved, was having someone bring the baby’s birth hat home and let your dog smell it so he can get used to the smell and know what to expect when you bring baby through the door. 
  • Share the love. This one was a little tough for us. I mean Gunner loves his papa more than anything but in reality he’s my baby. That meaning it’s mostly me that feeds, walks and plays with him. After having a new baby its nearly impossible to show him the same attention with baby demanding so much. Share some of that responsibility with your significant other/ support system. Start having them play with your dog more, walk them, etc. This is so important so that when you physically can’t do these things anymore your dog will already be used to the change and feel comfortable going with the other person just as much as they would with you. 
  • Don’t keep the dog away. Many people when holding Tate try to push Gunner away if he comes to the baby. But with us it’s the opposite. We let Gunner get his sniffs in (to an extent of course because he seriously would sniff baby all day if we let him). During my research I read if you try to keep your dog away from baby he will begin to resent the child and be skittish or angry when in its presence. 
  • Don’t stop the love. Just because you have a new baby does NOT mean that you should stop the affection with your dog! Now this one is the hardest for me. Between crying, diaper changes and being up all night it is so hard for me to find the energy to play fetch or even pet poor Gunner Bunner. But now with Tate getting a little older and a little more independent (some days), I make sure any additional energy I have I give some of it to Gunner. After all he still is my baby. 

Puppies and babies are very similar. And having two at the same time is definitely difficult but it can be done. Now there was some talk about getting another puppy at some point, but I’m sure with all the changes we all agree that should wait a while.

Aysia B.