I can’t believe we’re already into June! This late September baby will be here before we know it and it’s definitely starting to feel real between my growing bump and the infant care class we took this past weekend. A few of you have asked how I’m feeling (so sweet of you!) and thankfully the second trimester has been much smoother sailing than my first trimester (kidney stones and last week’s cold notwithstanding). I’m still taking nausea medication for hyperemesis, but I’ve only thrown up a handful of times in the past couple months compared to hardly keeping food down for the first three. 🙌🏼 I finally have some energy back and am overall feeling pretty good! I’ll be writing a second trimester recap in a few weeks but I’ve been loving feeling the baby kick (and punch and roll and booty shake!) — it never ceases to amaze me that my body is home to a such an active little baby boy! It could also be that we’ve finally had some solid spring weather in Connecticut but either way I’m grateful to be feeling much more like myself these days!

Apologies in advance if my blog becomes a love letter to t-shirt dresses (ahem) for the remainder of my pregnancy, but I promise this t-shirt dress is a must-have whether you’re expecting or not. I fell in love with the color online and was thrilled when it arrived because it’s officially the softest, comfiest thing in my summer maternity arsenal. I would 100% have worn this before getting pregnant and will 100% wear it again post-baby — obviously the ideal kind of maternity purchase! It runs large (I’m wearing the XS and you can see I have quite the bump at 23 weeks!) but you could definitely add a belt like this one if you prefer a more tailored fit.

polo ralph lauren cotton t-shirt dress in lake blue

t-shirt dress for pregnancy polo ralph lauren cotton t-shirt dress in lake blue on design darling

polo ralph lauren cotton t-shirt dress lake blue

polo ralph lauren cotton t-shirt dress in lake blue on design darling

design darling pregnancy style 23 weeks polo ralph lauren cotton t-shirt dress in lake blue

Polo Ralph Lauren t-shirt dress  //  J.McLaughlin wicker bag (also love this, this, and this)

Celine sunglasses (similar)  //  Soludos espadrilles (similar)

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  1. I am five weeks postpartum and want to comment with a tip that did not occur to me while pregnant and buying maternity clothes, but I wish had: if you plan on breastfeeding, your clothing requirements become very different than they were during pregnancy and before. I purchased a fair number of pieces that I was psyched would transition with me to post-pregnant life, but in reality I won’t be able to wear them for another 5 months to a year depending on how long I breastfeed for. I’m glad that those purchases weren’t for exclusively my pregnant phase, but in retrospect I could have been buying for both pregnancy and nursing needs. Just a thought to keep in mind! Love reading your updates and so glad you’re feeling at least a little better lately!


    1. Thanks so much for the tip! I’m due in late September and given how chilly it gets in CT, my clothing needs will be pretty different when it comes time to breastfeed through the fall and winter! So I’ll be at least eight months postpartum by the time it’s warm enough to wear dresses here again 🙂