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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

 

 

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

Denim Day Dreams, With BUMPStyle Box

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Hello Denim Day dream!! Monday Blues over here-But in a good way!!

Can’t believe it’s been 3 weeks since we brought Angelina home!

Things are so hectic and busy, everything feels like a juggling act. Most of all I’m feeling Thankful for all the help I’m getting. Having my mom here has been essential!!

This is the first week, however, that we will be trying out this whole family of five thing!! How fitting that It would be right on Thanksgiving!! Hope we can pull off this family holiday together!! Not only that but all the kids will be home with us this week! Wow! It’s going to be very busy, and very fun! No shortage of love or thanks on this end 

Loving my little denim dress here, thanks  to the BUMPStyle Box family for hooking me up with the cutest maternity to post maternity must haves!! This dress is so flattering for bump and beyond and perfect for fall layering! Please forgive me in advance for wearing on total repeat!!!:)

Stephany’s Choice

Dress :BUMPStyle BOX; Boots: Cole Haan; Bracelets: MARNI; Purse :Louis Vuitton

 

Jazzy Jumpsuit!! BUMPStyle Box

Stephany Bowman, wearing a black nursing jumpsuit from Bumpstyle Box

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A little peek into my weekend look!!

It’s been two weeks now since we’ve had Angelina!!

I wouldn’t say that we have a tight hold on things, but we are certainly beginning to enjoy a more quiet time now. Nursing is going pretty smoothly. It’s been easier than with my first two. Is it because Angelina is able to latch on easily or is it because I’ve had more experience than before? Have more realistic expectations? I’m not quite sure, but in any case I’ll take it!! 

I have to give a shout out to my super cool friends at BUMPStyle Box for setting me up with the most awesome and chic nursing piece I think I’ve ever seen?!!

Man, haven’t nursing friendly looks come along way?!! How cool is this black Jumpsuit?!! It’s so sleek and clever. Perfect for Fall , and I can wear it without feeling like I’m compromising on style. Thank you Team BUMPStyle Box you’ve done it again!!!

Stephany’s Choice

Jumpsuit : BUMPStyle Box ; Shoes : Urban Outfitters; Cuff : Butler & Wilson ; Clutch: TopShop 

XOXO, With BUMPStyle Box

Stephany Bowman Editor of Stephany's Choice, wearing Bumpstyle box, cozy XOXO nursing/ maternity sweatshirt

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12 days post birth!!

We made it out!! The weather is still gorgeous and perfect for being outdoors!! I can even get away with wearing my jeans shorts a few more days! Hooray!! All set in comfy clothes!!

Everyday gets a little easier than the day before! Although we are still trying to find the balance and adjust, each day is a miracle and an achievement! Angelina is a delight, and although she is sleeping most of the time, when she does open her little eyes it feels as though we’ve known each other forever!!

I can’t believe its almost been two weeks already, time seems to just be flying by. It’s going to be Christmas before you know it!

My biggest challenge at the moment is just making it to all of our appointments on time, staying sane, keeping organized and trying to give Annabelle and Alexander as much attention as I can when we are together. It’s not always easy, but we are all learning together.

Thank Goodness for Grandmothers!! My mom is MVP and without her I can’t even imagine where we would be!! Thank you mom!!! :):) 

Luckily with the help of my friends at BUMPStyle Box I don’t have to worry about what I look like!! They’ve completely got me covered with a huge box full of mommy friendly and nursing options! The outfits are so adorable I wasn’t even sure if they were maternity or just regular clothes!! Not having to worry about what would be flattering, and what I can breastfeed in is a huge help and relief!! If you are a busy mamma like me, or need some assistance styling your post baby bump body sign up today!! 

Stephany’s Choice

Top : BUMPStyle Box ; shorts : Old Navy , Boots : Zara; Bracelet : Marni; Cuff : Moschino; Clutch : H&M