Cannes on the beach

Stephany Bowman wearing a lime green lace shift dress from H&M, Angelina wearing pjs from Hanna Anderson, Annabelle Bowman wearing Monsoon sequins dress, Alexander Bowman wearing Ralph Lauren

Stephany Bowman wearing a lime green lace shift dress from H&M, Angelina Bowman wearing onesie yellow striped organic pjs from Hannah Anderson

Stephany Bowman wearing a lime green lace shift dress from H&M, Angelina Bowman wearing onesie yellow striped organic pjs from Hannah Anderson

Alexander Bowman wearing Yellow polo shirt from Ralph Lauren, white shorts from Carter's. Angelina Bowman wearing yellow striped organic onesie from Hannah Anderson

Stephany Bowman wearing a lime green lace shift dress from H&M, Angelina Bowman wearing onesie yellow striped organic pjs from Hannah Anderson, Alexander Bowman wearing polo from Ralph Lauren

Stephany Bowman wearing a lime green lace shift dress from H&M, Angelina Bowman wearing onesie yellow striped organic pjs from Hannah Anderson

Annabelle Bowman wearing gold sequins dress from Monsoon, sequins hair bow from Claire's Accessories

Stephany Bowman wearing a lime green lace shift dress from H&M, Angelina Bowman wearing onesie yellow striped organic pjs from Hannah Anderson

Stephany Bowman wearing a lime green lace shift dress from H&M, Angelina wearing pjs from Hanna Anderson, Annabelle Bowman wearing Monsoon sequins dress, Alexander Bowman wearing Ralph Lauren

 

We spent the afternoon walking around Cannes (it moved up to one of my favorite destinations in the South of France)- but you had to see the happiness of the children when they kicked off their little shoes and started to DANCE IN THE SAND !!! 

It was like the sand was magic dust and they rolled in it, played in it, danced in it-sprinkled it all over their legs and each other. They were running and laughing, digging out the sand, putting their toes in the water. 

I love to see my kids so happy and enjoying the beauty of nature. It made me want to live somewhere close to the beach. 

We strolled through Cannes- so fun for shopping by the way. Beautiful shops and boutiques. 

I bought a pair of gold flat shoes, a pair of pink Mary Jane flats, and a couple of little gifts for the kids.

The vibe is laid back but preppy. People look really nice but not over done. There is an easy going atmosphere in the air. Everyone seems happy, and always has a sweet and kind word for the kids. 

We had absolutely no difficulty making our way through the town. I love how you can go from pretty little shopping streets and boutiques to being right on the beach with sand in your toes.

It also feels so good to stroll, and walk. People watching is also fun, the crowds are stylish and cosmopolitan. It’s also such an international community, a sea of accents and cultures. 

This is definitely one of the things I miss most about Europe, being in a place where there is a mix of different people from different places. 

I can’t wait to go back to Cannes, and I think the children feel the same. Unlike other years in the past, this year doesn’t feel as congested as year’s past, and not as hot either. 

Can’t wait for our day to kick in tomorrow 🙂

XO,

Stephany

 

Bikinis before breakfast

Stephany Bowman in Pak Pak swimwear and Angelina Bowman in Mothercare swimsuit

Stephany Bowman in Pak Pak swimwear and Angelina Bowman in Mothercare swimsuit

Angelina fighting against wearing her little summer bonnet at the pool 🙂 We finally compromised on total body sunblock coverage 🙂

Stephany Bowman in Pak Pak swimwear and Angelina Bowman in Mothercare swimsuit

Stephany Bowman in Pak Pak swimwear and Angelina Bowman in Mothercare swimsuit

Stephany Bowman in Pak Pak swimwear and Angelina Bowman in Mothercare swimsuit

Stephany Bowman wearing Pak Pak swimwear and Aldo sunglasses

First coffee of the day, poolside!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻

Stephany Bowman in Pak Pak swimwear and Angelina Bowman in Mothercare swimsuit

Stephany’s Choice: Swim suit : The PAK PAK  ||  Sunglasses similar

Angelina’s Choice: Swim suit : Similar here and here

Why can’t wearing a bikini for breakfast be a way of life?!!

I absolutely love being outdoors so much. We eat outside, read outside, hang out, I even caught up on some work outdoors. It’s so pretty and liberating. Makes you really reflect on how much time we spend indoors on a typical day…

How cute is this bikini though?!

I was searching high and low for something that was all tucked in. No need to be spilling out of my bikini while chasing kids around the pool-if you know what I mean. The last couple of years I’ve worn one pieces but they always seem sort of prudish and matronly. Although Target now has some cute ones, and I think one pieces are back in style-luckily.

I would dare to say that the swimsuit style of the season is the high waist bottoms. Two pieces but the bottoms are boy cut and cover the belly button.

I think that this is such a cute look. It hides enough and covers enough. I’d also say that this is such a flattering look for all shapes and body sizes.

The Pak Pak has some sales going on and they have these cute little ruffles right on the waist line.

I loved it so much I bought it in two colors. I’ve seen girls mix and match the tops and bottoms too which is also a fun idea.

I may not wear this style forever but right now, I still am not in my happiest body shape so this a God send till I am back where I want to be.

XO,

Stephany

 

 

Cream + Layered Cocktail Summer Dress

Stephany Bowman in a layered white with black detail H&M dress, Steve Madden heels and Sarahs Bags Clutch

Stephany Bowman in a layered white with black detail H&M dress, Steve Madden heels and Sarahs Bags Clutch

Stephany Bowman in a layered white with black detail H&M dress, Steve Madden heels and Sarahs Bags Clutch

Stephany Bowman in a layered white with black detail H&M dress, Steve Madden heels and Sarahs Bags Clutch

Stephany Bowman in a layered white with black detail H&M dress, Steve Madden heels and Sarahs Bags Clutch

Stephany Bowman in a layered white with black detail H&M dress, Steve Madden heels and Sarahs Bags Clutch

Stephany Bowman in a layered white with black detail H&M dress, Steve Madden heels and Sarahs Bags Clutch

Stephany Bowman in a layered white with black detail H&M dress, Steve Madden heels and Sarahs Bags Clutch

Stephany Bowman in a layered white with black detail H&M dress, Steve Madden heels and Sarahs Bags Clutch

Stephany Bowman in a layered white with black detail H&M dress, Steve Madden heels and Sarahs Bags Clutch

Stephany Bowman in a layered white with black detail H&M dress, Steve Madden heels and Sarahs Bags Clutch

Stephany Bowman in a layered white with black detail H&M dress, Steve Madden heels and Sarahs Bags Clutch

Stephany’s Choice: DRESS  ||  HEELS  ||  SIMILAR SILVER CLUTCH (under $25!)

Summer has definitely arrived here in Dallas this week. After some delayed sunshine in May and early June I can finally say summer is in full swing. It is hot hot hot!!!

Personally when it’s this hot the only thing I want to put on my body is something light weight, soft and fresh.

Last week I went to the pool for 2 hours (11-1:00 pm) and I got FRIED! It was horrible. Today several days later my skin is still store, blistering and peeling 🙁 It’s itchy and very uncomfortable. Luckily I didn’t stay at the pool one second longer. Also lucky that I wore a hat, or my face would be destroyed. Lesson learned! I guess thats the punishment you deserve the first day at the pool where you are over eager to be sun kissed, and under estimate the power of the sun.

The funny thing is, I would never let this happen to the kids. I’m so protective of them and the swimsuits they wear are basically a full body cover up. 

They even have cuter bathing suits, hats and flip flops than I do…I don’t even mind it. I actually prefer shopping for them more than I do myself. I like dressing them up and they look so cute in everything. Can’t say the same is true for me. My size fluctuates all the time, most days I feel tired and it shows. More often than not my hair is tied up in a messy top knot and I’m wearing the same outfit several days in a row. 

I guess it’s all part of the “mom life”. I still wouldn’t trade it, and it beats having to look “corporate” all the time anyway…

This cute dress is under $100, easy to move around in, pretty and flattering. I love it!! Need more items like this in my closet!! Fits like a dream-if you’re hesitating on size, size up 😉

XO,

Stephany

 

Date night Gold Dress

Stephany Bowman wearing You and Me Mini Dress" from Free People and heels from Aldo

Stephany Bowman wearing You and Me Mini Dress" from Free People and heels from Aldo

Stephany Bowman wearing You and Me Mini Dress" from Free People and heels from Aldo

Stephany Bowman wearing You and Me Mini Dress" from Free People and heels from Aldo

Stephany Bowman wearing You and Me Mini Dress" from Free People and heels from Aldo

Stephany Bowman wearing You and Me Mini Dress" from Free People and heels from Aldo

Stephany’s Choice: GOLD DRESS  ||  SIMILAR HEELS  ||  SIMILAR GOLD CLUTCH  || GOLD CHOKER

Friday Night = Date night right?! Nope, not always. But sometimes! And when it does come around I like to dig around my closet for something that I typically would NOT wear when we had the kids with us!!- at least I try to 🙂

I picked up this cute gold little dress on the sale rack at my one of my favorite shops, Free People. I love the metallic vibe, feels very retro disco, which is fun.

One of our favorite things to do on a date night is go out to eat somewhere. We almost never go out to the movies because we feel like we can watch a movie at home anytime and at the movies you can’t really chat and catch up.

Back in the old “dating” days, we’d go catch a movie whenever something came out that we wanted to see, but then we could still do dinner before or after… Now it’s more like one thing or the other so for right now, dinner dates it is.

Once we find a spot that we like and it ticks all the boxes we tend to usually  stick to that same spot. What’s on our check list for a great date night location?

good food

close by

nice atmosphere

outdoor patio

That’s pretty much it! Simple right?! Our favorite kinds of food to eat out are:

sushi

Mexican

steak + salad

Here in Dallas, that means we like to go to Deep Sushi, Mi Cosina, and Toulouse Cafe. All close to home, all have out door space, and all have tasty food.

What places or things do you like to do on a date night? I’m thinking maybe I’ll kick off tonight with a frozen margarita with salt! Yum! Happy Friday Friend!

XO,

💗Stephany

 

Cherry RED and the power of color

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice, wearing a red H&M off the shoulder dress, Aldo beige buckle high heels, and a red Dolce and Gabana bag

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice, wearing a red H&M off the shoulder dress, Aldo beige buckle high heels, and a red Dolce and Gabana bag

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice, wearing a red H&M off the shoulder dress, Aldo beige buckle high heels, and a red Dolce and Gabana bag

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice, wearing a red H&M off the shoulder dress, Aldo beige buckle high heels, and a red Dolce and Gabana bag

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice, wearing a red H&M off the shoulder dress, Aldo beige buckle high heels, and a red Dolce and Gabana bag

Stephany’s Choice: DRESS  ||  SHOES (Similar here)  ||  BAG ( Similar here)  ||  Earrings ( Similar here)

The power of Color! This dress is less than $35, but the cherry red color packs a huge punch!

Make a statement in this cherry red color or keep it light and airy. This same dress comes in this baby blue color, and the vibe could not be more different.

This is a summer look, but I also wore this red dress in the fall. So, color doesn’t have to be season specific.

The downside to wearing such a bright dress is that you probably can’t wear it in heavy rotation. It’s more “noticeable” than your “everyday” color.

But if you want an easy way to make a splash or punch up an occasion or just feel festive for the day-this is a super easy way to do it!

My mom also picked up some chunky statement earrings like these that I matched with the cherry red outfit. They are fun, and very trendy this season too. Right now I would say the bigger the statement earring the better. Earrings are the new “necklace” for summer-for sure!

Don’t even worry about matching the earrings to the dress like I did here, pairing them with a more casual blue jean and a t-shirt would also be really cute and flirty. In fact, they would probably pop out more and be a fun twist to an otherwise more basic everyday outfit.

Have a fab day, and don’t forget to have a little fun with your color in your wardrobe this season. It doesn’t have to be a big expense either. A bright color is not high maintenance, in fact just the opposite. Get a bright color and boom! Outfit complete, just like that!!

XO,

Stephany

 

Off the shoulder + ruffle dress

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a navy blue, ruffled, off the shoulder, H&M dress, Steve Madden high heels and Louis Vuitton messenger bag

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a navy blue, ruffled, off the shoulder, H&M dress, Steve Madden high heels and Louis Vuitton messenger bag

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a navy blue, ruffled, off the shoulder, H&M dress, Steve Madden high heels and Louis Vuitton messenger bag

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a navy blue, ruffled, off the shoulder, H&M dress, Steve Madden high heels and Louis Vuitton messenger bag

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a navy blue, ruffled, off the shoulder, H&M dress, Steve Madden high heels and Louis Vuitton messenger bag

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a navy blue, ruffled, off the shoulder, H&M dress, Steve Madden high heels and Louis Vuitton messenger bag

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a navy blue, ruffled, off the shoulder, H&M dress, Steve Madden high heels and Louis Vuitton messenger bag

Stephany’s Choice: Dress  ||  Shoes  || Sunnies (similar here) ||  Bag  

Ruffles,ruffles, ruffles!!!

This is a style post focusing on this exact dress! When I zipped it up it fit like a glove and hugged my curves in all the right places. It’s so cute for day time because it’s gingham which gives it a picnicy feel. You can also dress it up a little like I did today with a pair of high heels like these

I love multi functional pieces that you can carry for day or night. 

Now that our summer holiday is fast approaching I feel like I have packing on the brain and I need to take things with me that can “cross function” so I don’t have to over stuff my luggage. 

Ill take my fav summer things that I’ve been wearing the most, or think will look cutest in pictures. Then I’ll check to see if I can wear them in multiple locations, and events. 

This one ticks the boxes. 

I LOVE the ruffle trend for summer too. It’s so fun a flirty without being to “out there”. 

What are your favorite things to pack for Summer vacation?!! 

Happy Monday!!

This Little Black Dress

Stephany Bowman wearing A Victoria Beckham for Target dress and TOPSHOP black patent Mary Jane shoes

Stephany Bowman wearing A Victoria Beckham for Target dress and TOPSHOP black patent Mary Jane shoes

Stephany Bowman wearing A Victoria Beckham for Target dress and TOPSHOP black patent Mary Jane shoes

Stephany Bowman wearing A Victoria Beckham for Target dress and TOPSHOP black patent Mary Jane shoes

Stephany Bowman wearing A Victoria Beckham for Target dress and TOPSHOP black patent Mary Jane shoes

Stephany Bowman wearing A Victoria Beckham for Target dress and TOPSHOP black patent Mary Jane shoes

Stephany Bowman wearing A Victoria Beckham for Target dress and TOPSHOP black patent Mary Jane shoes

Stephany’s Choice:  Little Black Dress  (UNDER $11!!!)||  Similar shoes  || Similar Bag

This cute little black dress is currently on CLEARANCE for UNDER $11!! I absolutely love a great bargin. Getting something discounted is like winning the lottery!!- well, kind of 🙂 Even though a black dress can seem boring I think it’s one of the most important items that everyone should have in their closet.

It’s also designed by Victoria Beckham, former Spice Girl and international superstar. I think it’s really cool that’s she’s started her own fashion label. What I love more is when Target collaborates with big designers to bring them to the masses.

Most of the time when Target reveals that they are working together with a designer I get all excited and rush to the stores to see what they have. At great prices and a variety that covers home to kids, I never walk away disappointed. I’ve won towels, bathings suits, kids clothes, crafts, etc…

Needless to say, I’ll be waiting with excitement for the next Target collaboration to be announced! Last year I scored this cute number!!

Today the kids have camp, Alexander has a Rookie sports camp and Annabelle has an Art camp. She absolutely loves to craft and this is the first time in a long time that we’ve set something up for her. Alexander says, “I get to have fun and Annabelle has to color”. Haha. We all laughed-even Annabelle. I guess art doesn’t sound like a lot of fun to everyone.

Happy Monday, however you choose to spend it, I hope you include something fun in your day-even if someone else may not appreciate the joy!!

XO,

Stephany

 

 

 

Summer sisters, with Bohobee

Annabelle and Angelina Bowman wearing matching custom made dresses by BohoBee Designs

Annabelle Bowman wearing a custom made Bohobee Design dress and headpiece in blush

Annabelle Bowman wearing a custom made Bohobee Design dress and headpiece in blush

Angelina Bowman wearing a custom Bohobee Design dress and bonnet in blush

Angelina Bowman wearing a custom Bohobee Design dress and bonnet in blush

Annabelle and Angelina Bowman wearing matching custom made dresses by BohoBee Designs

Annabelle Bowman wearing a custom made Bohobee Design dress and headpiece in blush

Annabelle and Angelina Bowman wearing matching custom made dresses by BohoBee Designs

Annabelle and Angelina Bowman wearing matching custom made dresses by BohoBee Designs

Annabelle Bowman wearing a custom made Bohobee Design dress and headpiece in blush

Annabelle and Angelina Bowman wearing matching custom made dresses by BohoBee Designs

Angelina Bowman wearing a custom Bohobee Design dress and bonnet in blush

Annabelle and Angelina Bowman wearing matching custom made dresses by BohoBee Designs

Angelina Bowman wearing a custom Bohobee Design dress and bonnet in blush

Annabelle and Angelina Bowman wearing matching custom made dresses by BohoBee Designs

Annabelle’s Choice: Custom dress + Bow headpiece: Bohobee

Angelina’s Choice: Custom dress + Bonnet: Bohobee

Angelina is almost 20 months old!! So, I thought it might be fun to do a milestone post today!! 

Mentally she surprises me every single day!

Already, she can speak a handful of words:

Mama + MOM!

Dah (Daddy)

Ball (Annabelle)

Oufff (dog)

UP!! (self explanatory)

Ya?! 

Nooooooo… 

Hiyyyyeee

Byeee

Pop (lolly pop)

App (Apple Juice)

Physically, Angelina can run after Annabelle and Alexander, feed herself with a spoon or fork- with  almost no spills. She loves to color with markers- particularly NOT on paper 😅 I’ve even caught her trying to roll by on her scooter. 

When I ask her where something is, she does the cutest little shrug with her shoulders and opens her hands out in front of her 🤷🏼‍♀️. hehe.

She mainly loves to tag along with Alexander. I think these two are really close buds. Wherever Alexander is, Angelina is pretty close behind. She’ll even play cars with him.

Angelina’s two favorite places to be right now are at the playground and at the swimming pool! She loves bing in the water.

One thing she doesn’t like…The vacuum!!

Angelina seemingly understands a lot of what’s going on around her. If I’m in the living room, and I ask her to throw something away, she’ll grab the item and dash off into the kitchen to find the garbage.

Today we saw a bird at the park and I said,”give the bird a piece of your pop corn”.. And she DID!

When Angelina is hungry, she pulls me ” up” and points the direction with her finger all the way to the kitchen. Then she’ll try to open the fridge. Luckly she hasn’t mastered this skill yet but she will point to what she’d like to eat in the fridge and if I chose the wrong thing she says,” NO!!” 😂  She definitely knows what she wants and I think that’s an excellent quality to have. Even if she is very bossy!!

As far as potty training goes I now understand parents that start the transition early. I bet I could get Angelina to start the first steps any day. When she has a dirty diaper I ask, ” do you have a poo poo?!” She nods. Then I follow her all the way to the changing table!!

I can’t believe it’s been almost 20 months now since we welcomed this sweet little girl into our hearts (read about Angelina at the hospital the day she was born here). It feels like we just celebrated Angelina’s first birthday  yesterday.

Thank you so much to Bohobee Design for these stunning custom made dresses for the girls. If you are looking for special dresses for your little one or a little girl that you love I cannot stress enough how much we love these pieces. They also make wonderful “Mommy and me” dresses if you want to match. Great for weddings, birthday parties and summer!

Hope you have a wonderful day,

XO,

Stephany

 

Casual in my Khakis

Stephany Bowman wearing JCrew kaki top and shorts and Aldo white sneakers

Stephany Bowman wearing JCrew kaki top and shorts and Aldo white sneakers

Stephany Bowman wearing JCrew khaki top and shorts and Aldo white sneakers

Stephany Bowman wearing JCrew khaki top and shorts and Aldo white sneakers

Stephany Bowman wearing JCrew kaki top and shorts and Aldo white sneakers

Stephany Bowman wearing JCrew kaki top and shorts and Aldo white sneakers

Stephany’s Choice:  Top  ||  Shorts  ||  Socks  || Shoes || Choker 

Khaki is the new White?!! White will always be my favorite for summer but with 3 little kiddies running around it feels a little bit delicate at the moment. Khaki is a great solution. I love this matching top and bottom that I found, very light and durable. I sized up on the top for a comfy fit, don’t want it to be too constricted because my job Is so physical and I need to feel like I can move around. 

How do you feel about these white socks in my sneakers? I know that tan lines are a top concern but aren’t sweaty feet too?!! 😒 Just saying’! My mom sent me a clipping from a fashion magazine with everyone wearing socks , so I’m taking a chance and saying “socks are back!”. Plus they look cute? I would aim for simple, cotton ones. As much as I love a fun sock you don’t want it to be too distracting…

Today was the first day of Vacation Bible School for Annabelle and Alexander. After I dropped them off I took Angelina to the park next door to stretch her feet and didn’t realize how hot it would get so fast!!

This weekend I went to the pool for the first time and I got fried! Not fun!! 

Be careful out there sun is hot hot hot!

Happy Monday all!!

XO,

💗Stephany

Happy 7th Birthday Annabelle

Stephany Bowman and Family celebrating Annabelle Bowman's 7th birthday!

Stephany Bowman and Family celebrating Annabelle Bowman's 7th birthday!

Stephany Bowman and Family celebrating Annabelle Bowman's 7th birthday!

Stephany Bowman and Family celebrating Annabelle Bowman's 7th birthday!

Stephany Bowman and Family celebrating Annabelle Bowman's 7th birthday!

Stephany Bowman and Family celebrating Annabelle Bowman's 7th birthday!

Stephany Bowman and Family celebrating Annabelle Bowman's 7th birthday!

Stephany Bowman and Family celebrating Annabelle Bowman's 7th birthday!

Stephany Bowman and Family celebrating Annabelle Bowman's 7th birthday!

Stephany Bowman and Family celebrating Annabelle Bowman's 7th birthday!

Stephany Bowman and Family celebrating Annabelle Bowman's 7th birthday!

Stephany’s Choice: White dress | Shoes similar here

Michael’s Choice: Shirt | Pants | Shoes | Belt

Annabelle’s Choice: Similar outfit here | Shoes Similar here

Alexander’s Choice: Shirt | Shorts | Shoes Similar here

Angelina’s Choice: Similar dress here

Happy SEVENTH birthday to our sweet girl Annabelle Leigh Bowman!!

Born on a beautiful sunny day  in London, England!!

On this special day I can’t help but reflect on the moment you were brought into the world.

We knew that you were coming on May 25th, because we had scheduled a C-section for that morning. 

Why a C-section?

2 weeks before you were born we had a standard routine ultrasound to make sure everything was ok, and they discovered that you were Breech ( a position where the baby’s head is not pointing in the downward position). According to our Doctor, there is a universal agreement that 100% of breech baby cases should be delivered via C-section. If you pull the baby out by the legs the baby’s head could get stuck, lose oxygen and suffer trauma to the brain.

How did I feel about this?

Bad. I was desperately hoping for as natural of a birthing processes as possible.

Good. Because I could organize myself to anticipate that date and time and not worry about being on my own + unprepared for the unpredictability of a natural birth.

Fast forward to the big day:

I wore a bright yellow shirt, my mom, Michael and I WALKED a mile to the hospital. We were so excited. It was a beautiful and sunny Spring day in London. The city was just waking up and was sparkling.

( 3 days later I would walk the same route home a mother + my brand new baby!!) 

Laying out on the operating table was very unnerving. I was anxious and worried. A lot of tugging and pulling later… and THERE SHE WAS!! They dropped the curtain and this wide-eyed, teeny tiny little body, with steel-sharpe blue eyes- was scanning the room!! Oh my goodness. I burst right into tears, I was so emotional. There she was this wonderful little thing. In my arms. 

She never left my side, as they wheeled us into our room. I stayed up all night. The nurses came in and told me- “you should get some sleep”, and “sleep when the baby sleeps”. Who could sleep?! I just looked at her, and hoped that she would wake up 💕

I didn’t leave my bed for days, until finally the nurses convinced me to wheel Annabelle into the nursery for a bath. They were playing the Spice Girls in the room! All the other little babies were there and I was so surprised to see how tiny Annabelle was compared to them. 

I struggled with nursing in the beginning and I had no idea what I was doing. I felt a lot of pressure because she seemed so little, and I didn’t feel like she could afford to lose any more weight. My breasts became engorged and I went from discomfort to pain and stress. Luckily it was time to go home, which allowed me to take some time to figure out a rhythm and find my stride. 

Nursing was my number one stressor when I had Annabelle. I had no idea what to do. Very few of my friends at the time had babies themselves and I didn’t know any that were nursing. 

My mom really encouraged me to continue and I ended up breastfeeding exclusively for 6 moths. I am very proud of myself to this day, because this was one of the most difficult times of my life as a mother. Read Alexander’s birth story here!

Today, I have my now Second Grade princess!! I love and adore her fun and smart sprit.

So…Happy 7th Birthday to our creative, crafty, card shark, princess!!

Belle, Bella, Belly Bee, Anniebelle, Belli, AB, Annabelli, Bananabelle, Annabelle Bowman!!

Lover of all things glitter, sparkle, pink, unicorn, fancy, curly, medical, sinister, fluffy, sugary, sweet, cheeky, cozy, and girly!!

Keeping up with you has been an adventure, I can’t wait to see what magic you continue to create!

Thank you for giving me the best gift ever, being your mom!

I love you so much + your huge sparkly green eyes, and single toothy grin 💗

Read Angelina’s Birth story here + hospital stay here!

XO,

Stephany