Friday, October 13, 2017

Zac's Four Month Update

This four month mark has quickly become a sweet spot for us.  He's got a nice routine going during the day and still sleeping through the night so (I know I say this for every stage *eye roll*) this is by far our favorite stage!

Age: 4 months
Stats: Not sure his exact stats because I haven't taken him for this months well check (which reminds me I need to schedule that!) If I had to guess I'd say 22 lbs. and 29 in. long!
Nicknames: No nicknames!  We all just call him Zac. Except Brad, Brad calls him Zachary Duke Reeder or my baby all the time! 
Milestones: We got a good one this month, rolling from belly to back!  I haven't seen it yet but sometimes when I lay him down on his belly for a nap he's on his back when he wakes up!  He wiggles all over his crib at night too. I lay him down the same way every night and he is in complete opposite positions by the morning.  This month, just like Charlie, he started losing is hair and the regrowth is coming in super blonde!
Favorites: He absolutely loves sitting up on the couch and watching his bro's play.  They are his favorite entertainment and the three of them are becoming quit the trio:) He also loves chatting and laughing!  When he's really excited he does these high pitched squeals that are equally annoying and cute at the same time! He loves being snuggled, held, rocked, sang to and kissed on his cheeks and neck. He still loves being swaddled at night but he is quickly growing out of his Woombie and they don't make a bigger size than the one we've got so I'm searching for an alternative option.  Suggestions welcomed! He is just starting to get the hang of holding and chewing his teethers too.  He really enjoys slobbering all over them!
Least Favorites: I'm not joking when I say there's nothing he doesn't like.  Besides daddy's scruffy beard, as long as he's not hungry this boy is sooo laid back and happy.  He just hangs out and is enjoying the good life!
Signature Moves: He loves sucking on his fingers and fists and is turning into a little drool monster. Blowing spit bubbles and raspberries all day long.
We love you to the moon, Zachary Duke!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Teeth Whitening Review + Giveaway

My days are spent 50% wondering if it’s too late to drink coffee and 50% wondering if it’s too early to drink wine. I’m totally addicted to both because…kids.  
My teeth have suffered from staining over the years because of my excessive coffee and wine drinking and I’ve never been able to stick to a whitening plan because my teeth are so sensitive.  Whitening strips have always bothered my teeth and gums and whitening toothpaste has never been effective for me.  I even paid the big bucks for professional whitening services under a blue light at my dentist’s office a few years ago.  My teeth did seem whiter when I left but the next morning I swear they looked stained again.  I was so disappointed and thought that was just the way my teeth would always look.  
When SmileBrilliant reached out to see if I wanted to review their teeth whitening kit I decided to give it a try especially because they offer a desensitizing gel that helps for sensitive teeth like mine!  This product has quickly become one of my beauty must haves, here’s why…
The SmileBrilliant kit is exactly what you would get at a professional dentist’s office just waaaay less expensive!  The process from start to finish is super easy!  They send you a teeth molding kit with detailed instructions on how to get a perfect mold of your teeth (upper and lower).  You send your molds in to their lab with a postage paid package they provide.  Within a week you receive your custom fitted trays (like clear retainers) and you are all set to get whitening.  I did my sessions every other night before bed for about an hour or so and sometimes on the weekends I would do it in the morning while showering and getting ready for the day.  What’s the best part about the process, you ask?  It works!  I saw results after my first session and after my fifth session others starting noticing my whiter teeth too!

Giveaway Time!
I’m so impressed with SmileBrilliant that I want to do a giveaway!  One winner will receive a $139 credit to SmileBrilliant!  Giveaway ends in 2 weeks on Oct. 20th and is open to USA, UK, Canada and Australia!
To enter submit your name and email here: 

If you want to head over and purchase your teeth whitening kit now be sure to use coupon code reederandco for 10% off your order!

Happy Friday and Good Luck!

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Charlie's First Day of School

Happy Friday and happy first day of fall!  This week has been rough.  Charlie brought home a case of hand, foot and mouth disease from school to share so graciously with his brother.  I'm doing everything in my power to make sure Zac doesn't get it. So far so good but we still have a long road to battle so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.  
On a lighter note, I can't believe I have a child in school!  Last week on Charlie's first day I had an epiphany.  From this day forward I will have kids in school for the next, what? 20 years (or more if you count college)!?  What an adventure we are embarking on.
Ever since this past February when I signed Charlie up for preschool he has had major anxiety over it. Ben and I started talking to him about it in the most positive ways we could think but he wasn't responding well. He would cry, be visually distraught and even developed a stutter just over the mere thought of it.  Knowing how scared he was was totally stressing me out.  The only thing we could think to do was to keep talking about it and letting him know that it was ok to be afraid but he really didn't need to be.  We read books about school, let him pick out a back pack and his own school clothes.  After our parents orientation, I let him know I met his teacher and loved her and saw his classroom with tons of fun things to do in it.  All of this helped but it wasn't until he received a postcard in the mail from his teacher a few days before his first day with the sweetest note that he actually smiled and after a few serious questions ("So if I go to school how will I eat dinner?" and "What if I have to go to the bathroom at school?") he said "Ok, I want to go to school."  Literally, just like that all of his fears went out the window and I was so happy I pretended I had to go to the bathroom, locked myself in a cried like a baby.
On his first day, he was nervous for sure but there were no tears except from his teacher when he handed her flowers.




Now that we are a couple days in he absolutely LOVES it!  He goes to bed every night asking if he can go to school tomorrow and wakes up in the morning asking if he gets to go to school today.  He's thriving in the classroom setting and I'm just over the moon excited for him and what a wonderful student he's becoming.  We are so proud!



Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Zac's Three Month Update

I tried getting this post live last week but we were super busy, mostly with Charlie's school preparation (which I'll post about later this week!).  Our littlest hit some big milestones this past month and I'm excited share!

Zac has been sleeping in his crib in his own room every night for the past week!  He was ready for the transition a month ago but I wasn't.  Even though we had the camera set up I was still nervous about having him upstairs by himself.  He has been doing just fine up there and I'm hoping he keeps this 8pm-7am sleep pattern going!  I wanted to link a few things here for you guys as I have gotten a lot of questions after my 2 month update and my Instagram story of his first night in the crib. First, the monitor we use is this Motorola Camera. I love it!  It has amazing picture quality, monitors room temperature and has an app to use on your phone.  The night vision is so good I can actually see his little belly moving up and down while he breaths which is obviously a plus.  Also, I linked this in my Newborn must haves post but the swaddle I use is this Woombie.  I have the Bamboo Mod'Swad  version in rockstar and Zac really loves sleeping in it.  Hope that helps!

Zac's personality shines brighter with each day.  Not only are we getting big smiles but he is starting to laugh too!  Ahh so cute!  He loves to be talked and sang to and he also loves to be sitting up so that he can see all action!

He skipped right over 6mo. clothes and went straight to 9mo. over night and he's filling the 9 months out good.  I bet he's in 12 month clothes by the time he hits 4 months!

Happy 3 months, Zac! 



Thursday, August 31, 2017

Why We Love Freshly Picked

Let me count all the ways we love Freshly Picked moccasins!  Back in 2013 when Charlie was my littlest I was searching high and low for shoes that fit his wide thick feet and coming up short, especially in the cuteness department.  It's fairly easy to find wide shoes for kids but what I was having trouble with was the thickness of his foot from top to bottom.  It also seemed like I was either finding shoes that were functional but not at all cute or very cute but not at all functional.  That was until I discovered FP moccs:) These moccs fit all types of little kids feet in all shapes and sizes and are both cute and functional!  The leather stretches over time so if your pair are a little tight at first don't sweat it, they will stretch and literally form to your childs feet.  I personally like to order a size up so that they have room to grow and trust me if you do order up they will still stay on!  
I also love all the colors and styles they have to choose from and most of them are gender neutral!  My favorite are the Green Camo (pictured below) for the boys but love seeing little ladies in them too!  If you haven't noticed the FP team work hard to bring us fresh colors, styles and designs all the time and they hit it out of the park every time!  The Care Bears Collections is my current favorite.  All the heart eyes for those Sunshine bear and grumpy bear moccs!
These moccasins are the perfect shoe for little ones learning to crawl and walk.  The combination of the durable leather, all around light weight and soft soles make learning to walk so much easier. 
And lastly, they are the easiest shoe to slip on! With three kids getting out the door in a timely fashion is nearly impossible.  Not having to tie, strap or buckle shoes is a huge plus in my book and trust me if daddy can slip them on quickly anyone can:)     
Congratulations to Kasey B. who won my Freshly Picked giveaway, a pair of moccasins of her choice for her little one!  Thank you so much to everyone who entered and thank you for following along with me here on the Reeder & Co Show!  I really appreciate it! XOXO

Friday, August 25, 2017

Newborn Must Haves

Since last week it was all about the Mamas I wanted to share some of my favorites for the babes!  Just a quick round up of things that have worked really well for Zac these past couple months. Enjoy!
One / Two / Three / Four / Five / Six

Little Faces has the cutest tees!  Their "Little" collection is perfect for announcing your pregnant, baby's gender or for baby's arrival!  They sent us the big, middle and littlest for the boys that I posted on IG last week (so fitting for my littlest Reeders) and also the big brother, promoted and little brother tees that I'll share soon too! They also have the cutest toddler clothing including these skrompers (skirt & romper) that I love for little girls!

We have been getting good use out of our On-The-Go Baby Dome by Fisher Price.  It has been perfect while poolside this summer.  It keeps the sun, heat and bugs out and Zac loves chillin' in it!

I've been using our Modswad Woombie since Charlie was born but Zac has been loving it the most.  He wears it every single night and sleeps like a rock for 9-11 hrs straight! This thing has been my biggest must have with Zac and it just goes to show how all babies are different because Charlie and Brad didn't use it nearly as much.

I've shared about our Covered Goods car seat covers many times before but I really can't say enough good things about them!  I have the this stripped one and the grid print and love them so much. You can literally use these things at least 6 different ways, so functional!

I'll be counting all the reasons why I love Freshly Picked Moccasins next week when I announce the winner of my giveaway on Instagram (@reederandco) going on now through Monday.  I wish I was Oprah on her car giveaway episode. "You get moccs! And you get moccs! And you get moccs! Everybody gets moccs!" lol

Lastly, my all time favorite blanket from Copper Pearl.  I love it even more than my Aden + Anais swaddles.  It's larger and stretchy and comes in the cutest patterns.  I bring it everywhere with us!

Don't forget to check back next week after entering my FP giveaway to see if you've won a pair of moccs of your choice!  Have a great weekend! XO


                          *I received all featured products complimentary for review and promotional purposes.  All opinions are my own.

Friday, August 18, 2017

New Momma Must Haves

I've rounded up some fun faves that have totally helped me through these past two months!  Whether you're a first time mom or a new mom of three like me, these cool products should totally be on your must have list.

Converse Chuck Taylor Shoreline Sneakers-  I've had these shoes for over a year now but haven't worn them nearly as much as I have these past two months.  You can literally wear them with anything and trust me I do; from jeans and a tee to summer dresses or to the pool!  I love that they don't tie so they're super easy to throw on as your walking out the door with 3 kids, a car seat, your purse, diaper bag, snacks, the kitchen sink...

L'Oreal Colour Riche Matte Lipsticks-  I don't wear lipstick all that often but when I do I love this matte colour riche collection!  The neutrals are awesome and the Blake Lively Collection has the perfect shade of Red, Blake's Red!

Lalabu Soothe Shirt- The soothe shirt is another one of my favorites.  Super convenient in that you don't have to lug around a mile long baby wearing wrap or big bulky carrier.  This shirt is so cute on it's own or with a baby in it!  It almost fits like spanx so it's very flattering and it's breast feeding friendly.  Double win!

BootayBag-  OBSESSED with BootayBag!  Ok, how fun is this for all us new moms who are feeling a little uncomfortable in our post baby body?  A monthly subscription of 2 beautiful panties.  You choose your favorite styles and size and they ship the goods, for free!  You don't know what you're going to get but you can peep the last months bag and trust me they won't disappoint:) It's a great little monthly pick me up!

Sphynx 3-in-1 Razor- Another convenient product!  This 3-in-1 portable razor has everything you need for a quick spot shave.  Let's face it, we're always rushing while we're in the shower because #kids and it never fails, we miss a spot!  It's got 2 razors, a refillable water sprayer (which I usually fill with cucumber water) and a shea butter-based moisturizing shave bar.  Perfect to throw in your diaper bag and go!

Hope you found something new and fun here!
 A word of advise to all my new mama friends. Whether you have one or ten kids, there is no such thing as a perfect mom so relax, enjoy the ride and give yourself grace.  You're doing great!
XOXO


                           *I received all featured products complimentary for review and promotional purposes.  All opinions are my own.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Zac's 2 Month Update

It's been two months of snuggles with this chunky monkey!  He is growing like a weed at 17lbs and 26in. He's off the charts for both height and weight and definitely off the charts for cuteness!

I would say we are pretty well adjusted by now.  He's been consistently sleeping through the night this past week so I think it might be time to move him out of our room and into his.  I still wake up to pump in the middle of the night and I'm always scared I'm going to wake him up. I think being in his own room will help give him a peaceful nights sleep, I'm just nervous to have him so far away from me.   I've got the camera all set up and ready to go, I just need to make a move!

We are starting to see a little personality too!  He's been smiling and starting to coo and talk to us.  I'm looking forward to this next month as his interactions or more fun and playful!  Charlie especially loves talking to him now and trying to get him to smile.  He's such a good big brother and what a huge help he is!

He likes tummy time and has great neck and upper body strength.  He still has zero patience when he's hungry and gives zero f*$#'s if you have things you need to get done because he wants held, and walked with and rocked twenty four seveeeeeeeen.  I don't mind one bit though, I'll hold him forever.

 
Happy 2 months, Zac.  You rock our world!  

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Zac's Nursery

I'm excited to share a few pictures of Zac's nursery! This has been my favorite room to decorate so far. I love the rugby striped accent wall and the cool blue and grey tones. The Zachary sign I made myself with some scrap wood I found in the garage that I stained and added letters to. So easy and super cute!  I'm still on the hunt for the perfect rustic piece with a cute saying on it for the other wall but for now I'm really happy with how it's coming together.  Even though he's not sleeping in here at night yet we still get good use of it.  I love coming in here, defusing some essential oils and rocking him to sleep.  He naps longer when he's in here too because it's upstairs away from all the ruckus his big brothers make.  I also love that this room stays pretty tidy compared to the rest of the house so it's a nice spot to come relax with him in!








Happy hump day, evenyone!  I hope you're enjoying the week! XO

Monday, July 24, 2017

Brad's 2nd Birthday

We had such a busy week last week that I wasn't able to hop on and share Brad's birthday.  We had our parents over for cake and ice cream on Friday and even though it wasn't a big party he had so much fun!  He absolutely loved when we sang happy birthday to him.  The next day we went to a pig roast at our neighbors house and when we got home we asked him what his favorite part of the pig roast was.  He replied "Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you!" lol  I feel like I say this at every birthday but this year feels like it flew by the fastest.  Brad is so big and so smart, I sometimes forget that he's still a babe and not a 4 year old!  I'm so proud of this little boy.  He's outgoing, such a doll, my wild child and oh so lovable.  He's got killer dance moves and an awesome knock knock joke that he made up himself and loves to tell over and over again to anyone who will listen.  He loves passing out he and Charlie's vitamins in the morning and if you offer him a snack he asks "Charlie too?" because he's always lookin out for his big bro.  When he wants held he stands at my feet and asks "Pick you up?".  He's at that stage where everything he says is either hilarious or so stinking cute and his little voice is the sweetest!  We love watching him learn and grow and love him more than he'll ever know.  






"Knock knock." Who's there? "Orange." Orange who? *Grawls* "I'm gonna frow you in da garbage!!"  haha Happy Birthday, Brad!  May all your wishes come true!

Monday, July 10, 2017

One Month with the Zac Man

In the blink of an eye, one month's gone by!  Sharing all about our little snuggle nugget from this past month.

Favorites:  He loves to eat and is very serious about it.  He is also the loudest eater we've ever heard.  He grunts, growls, slurps, burps, moans and groans the ENTIRE time he feeds! He loves to cuddle up in my neck with a pacifier and is currently in an 'I want to be held all the time' stage.  He loves when Charlie sings and talks to him and when Brad leaves him the hell alone.  Seriously, sometimes Brad reminds me of Elmyra from Loony Tunes, *squeezes animals* "I want to hug you and kiss you and love you for ever and ever and everrr!".  He loves bath time and tummy time but usually falls asleep during both.  He loves sleeping in his woombie and being swaddled up tight especially at night. 

Dislikes:  I can't think of much that he doesn't like beside waiting too long for his bottle.  His patience runs thin when it's time to eat!

Sleep:  He goes to bed around 10pm and usually wakes up once a night between 1am-3am before waking up in the morning around 8am.  So far he has given us one full night of sleep from 11pm-6am and we are longing for another one of those nights.

He's cute, sweet and snugly.  His hair is on point and he has cheeks for weeks. He is the biggest in his class, was in the 98% for his height/weight and I have a feeling he'll stay that way.  He quickly outgrew NB and is almost out of 3 month clothes.  He's filled our hearts and our lives with so much love and joy.  We can't wait to see what the future holds for our little Zachary Duke!  We love you, babe!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Zac's Newborn Photos

Hope everyone had a fun and safe 4th of July!  This was the first year in a while we weren't up at the lake island hopping, swimming and watching fireworks on the boat.  We stayed home and laid low for the most part on our long 4 day weekend.   It was much needed though, Ben took the older boys out and about most days while Zac and I chilled and watched movies.  If you saw my Insta story you already know #thenotebook.  I also found the perfect spot to take annual fourth of July pics of the boys!  Happy Birthday, America.

At just 10 days old Zac had his first pro photo shoot at our house and I'm so excited to share. I still can't get over his hair.  It literally looks like he just stepped out of the barber with a fresh cut 24/7!  And I can't get enough of the family photos on our bed. Those are getting blown up and framed fo sho.  There were so many to choose from, here are just a few of my favorites.  Enjoy.




















XO