No Sneaking

in Pregnancy

Two days ago, I thought it was Thursday.  But today actually is Thursday, which is a wonderful thing!


We have the day off from work – today was all about our anatomy ultrasound.  I can’t even believe they have the technology to do this, but around 20 weeks, the doctor can check out the growing baby’s brain, heart, liver, kidneys, toes and fingers, and all the other bits and bobs.  And, of course, if you’re going to find out the baby’s sex, you can…


Per doctor’s orders, I had a lot of caffeine and sugar immediately before the appointment to ensure the baby was active.  White chocolate mocha – I have never had you before but YOU ARE DELICIOUS.


Ultrasound went quite well; everything seems healthy.  And when it came time to check out the baby’s legs, the technician told us to look away (here’s why we are choosing to wait).  I squeezed my eyes shut but was soooo tempted to peek.  It’s like knowing which closet your Christmas presents are hidden in!


Per tradition… post-appointment Indian food with my in-laws:


If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it – Vegetable Korma, again.   With the tomato-coconut soup to start.


Thought of the Day:


“I know now that there is no one thing that is true – it is all true.” – Ernest Hemingway

(Hemingway has the best quotes!)



  • Kelley January 19, 2012, 4:07 pm

    Awesome!!!! My anatomy scan is tomorrow!! I’m so glad you mentioned caffeine and sugar! No one has told me that so I’m glad you did!!

  • Grace @ What Grace Cooked January 19, 2012, 4:07 pm

    How exciting! It would be very tough to resist peeking – but worth the surprise.

    In other news, now I’m craving Indian food 🙂

  • Cara @ I Don't Believe in Diets January 19, 2012, 4:09 pm

    Yay so glad it went well. I am impressed you could hold back!

  • Vanessa January 19, 2012, 4:10 pm

    Thursday = “Almost-Friday.” =) That Vegetable Korma looks so good — can you believe I’ve never had Indian food? I need to get some of this stat!

  • Alison January 19, 2012, 4:13 pm

    I’m so jealous that they told you to drink coffee and eat sugar before the ultrasound! While I’m thankful for a healthy 20 week ultrasound…she just laid on her stomach and ignored us the whole time. 🙁 Hope yours was jumping off the walls. 🙂

  • Shari January 19, 2012, 4:17 pm

    So glad that all went well!

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs January 19, 2012, 4:23 pm

    So glad that everything looks good!

    I also had my first White Chocolate Mocha yesterday, and it was glorious! Not quite the same as my beloved Gingerbread Latte, but pretty darn delicious 🙂

    • Sunny January 19, 2012, 5:00 pm

      I have somehow never asked my husband if he would want to find out when we get pregnant. Then again I’ve known forver and informed him of since we began dating (8 years ago) that I’m not finding out, lol. I guess he didn’t really get a choice, oops!

  • Sara January 19, 2012, 4:24 pm

    I think I want to NOT know the gender when it comes time … but my husband wants to know. And I know if he knows I want to know. So we may find out and just not tell anyone 🙂 ha You are so strong!

    • Sunny January 19, 2012, 5:00 pm

      So the comment under Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs was supposed to go here I failed. =)

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 19, 2012, 4:27 pm

    that’s so exciting! And I wish I got Indian food and good company after doctors appointments! Haha

  • Emily January 19, 2012, 4:34 pm

    Oh my gosh, I don’t think I would be able to NOT know if I had that opportunity. Oh my goodness!

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb January 19, 2012, 4:34 pm

    so happy to hear babyHTP is growing strong + healthy!! can’t believe you were able to keep your eyes shut.. i am finding out the minute i can!

  • Sophie @ threetimesf January 19, 2012, 4:41 pm

    Woohoo, I’m so glad everything went well – I’m not sure I’d be able to resist taking a peek though! Well done you! 🙂

    Also, now I really want a curry….

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen January 19, 2012, 4:41 pm

    I think I would’ve acted like I do in scary movies and covered my face with my hands only to peek through my hands anyway. So tempting!

  • Allison January 19, 2012, 4:48 pm

    I thought you weren’t supposed to drink caffeine when pregnant?! I obvi have a lot of learning to do before my baby…

    • CaitlinHTP January 19, 2012, 4:53 pm

      You just aren’t supposed to drink a lot or drink it every day (well this is up for debate, but basically, moderation is where it’s at). I def don’t do coffee regularly, prob only had it 8 times in the last 5 months, but have some tea a few times a week. Some docs advise differently but I couldn’t find a stitch of research to back up the ‘no caffeine ever’ thing. There’s a lot of weird, unfounded ‘rules’ about pregnancy!! I highly recommend reading Panic Free Pregnancy when you do get pregnant.

      • Sarah January 19, 2012, 8:27 pm

        I drank a coffee a day with both pregnancies. It is only recommended you cut down. Both my boys are big, strong and awesome 😉

  • Ari @ Ari's Menu January 19, 2012, 4:55 pm

    So exciting!! Also, I am a little jealous that you were given doctors orders to drink a white chocolate mocha. Yummmm.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife January 19, 2012, 4:58 pm

    That is SO exciting! I am kinda sad for you for not finding it all out, but I totally understand.

    Have a good day 🙂

  • Emily @ The Swallow Flies January 19, 2012, 5:10 pm

    I went to Hemingway’s house in Key West last year, and ever since, I’ve been OBSESSED with him. Thanks for the new-to-me quote. 🙂

  • Army Amy* January 19, 2012, 5:21 pm

    I seem to remember you saying that you were nervous about the scan, so I’m glad to hear that it went well! I’m also really impressed that you resisted temptation and didn’t peek!*

  • Ali January 19, 2012, 5:30 pm

    Wow, I am impressed you held your ground and didn’t look!!!

  • KaraHadley January 19, 2012, 5:32 pm

    I think it’s so cool for you to wait, but I don’t know where you get the willpower. I would be absolutely dying to know.
    I’m so glad everything looks healthy (and that you got to enjoy some caffeine).

    • Stephanie C January 19, 2012, 8:57 pm

      Same here! I can’t keep presents for OTHER people secret!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) January 19, 2012, 5:47 pm

    I am so pleased to hear that the 20 weeks scan went well!!!! Halfway there 🙂

  • Rebecca January 19, 2012, 5:50 pm

    I work at a coffee shop and the Salted Caramel White Mocha is by FAR our most popular drink…mmmm…sugar+caffeine

    The ultrasound sounds thrilling!! How exciting to actually see what you’ve been feeling 🙂 I would never have been able to keep my eyes shut!

  • deva at deva by definition January 19, 2012, 6:17 pm

    One of my girlfriends chose not to find out for her first, and found out with her second. It was fun not knowing, and at the same time, it was fun knowing for her second baby 🙂

  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) January 19, 2012, 6:25 pm

    Such great news. Glad it went well. 🙂

  • Jen January 19, 2012, 6:41 pm

    HAPPY THURSDAY! (at last!) Glad everything went well at your appointment, and that you got to indulge in a sugary sweet drink beforehand!

  • Laura @ She Eats Well January 19, 2012, 6:58 pm

    I think it is great you are waiting. I for one, have no patience and would have to know. It’s going to be such an amazing surprise. Also, that Indian food looks so delicious. Get in my belly!

  • Lauren January 19, 2012, 8:18 pm

    You are so strong not to look. I don’t think I would have been able to do it. 🙂

  • Sarah January 19, 2012, 8:26 pm

    I waited too and I just re-read your reasons why in your old post and agree 100%!!! I wanted to get to know who my wee fellas were (they were boys but we didn’t know till they came out) once they ARRIVED. Not decide who they would be and how the would act based on what felt like a medical diagnosis and expectation based on gender.
    It is pretty amazing to not know even WHEN you are pushing!!! I forgot mostly during labour (just wanted it over)…but I remember with number 2, pushing and pushing and wondering and thinking ‘any second now…I’ll KNOW YOU’. It was THE BEST THING EVER.
    And I HATE it when others find out. And tell me. Even more so if they tell me the name too. Then when the baby arrives I just feel like shrugging…. but if you don’t know a thing. Oh, it is soooo exciting!

  • Carlee January 19, 2012, 8:33 pm

    So glad it went well. I just scheduled ours yesterday. It will be on Feb. 24 and I can’t wait. Even though we’ve had 3 ultra sounds already (8 week, NT scan and one yesterday because they couldn’t hear the heartbeat on the dopler), the hubs hasn’t been there for one yet. So the anatomy scan will be the first time he gets to see it in real time!

  • Jen January 19, 2012, 8:54 pm

    What changed with the whole caffeine-pregnancy thing? I know it was never advised but now things have changed…what changed and why?! (Thanks)

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 19, 2012, 9:28 pm

    I think that you should somehow find a way to have all of us know but you be in the dark about the baby’s sex. I looove knowing things (obviously).

  • Lydia January 19, 2012, 9:37 pm

    What is the recipe for the tomato-coconut soup?? It looks amazing!

  • Lindsey @ happyhoneycrisp January 19, 2012, 10:48 pm

    You have a lot of willpower to resist peeking! It will be worth it though. 🙂 I love Indian food, and that korma looks delicious. That’s so funny you ended with a Hemingway quote because I’m currently watching Midnight in Paris, and Hemingway was just in a scene. I was literally thinking “he has AWESOME quotes” when I read your post! Haha!

  • Khushboo January 19, 2012, 11:54 pm

    Oh man I need some Starbucks in my life asap!

  • lau January 20, 2012, 6:47 am

    Indian food is the best !!!!

  • Rosi January 20, 2012, 10:32 am

    White chocolate mocha w/peppermint is amazing!
    Also, yay for healthy babyHTP. 😀

  • Amber K January 20, 2012, 2:14 pm

    I can’t not find out. I am just too curious. As soon as possible. And if I find out I don’t think I could keep it a secret from anyone. I am much worse about keeping secrets that other people aren’t supposed to know. Mostly when it comes to presents. I always want to give them right away, even if I have bought it a month early!

  • Shannon January 20, 2012, 3:57 pm

    This post made me so happy and brought back so many wonderful memories! I did find out, with both my babies, that they were girls, but I can understand the fun of a surprise, too! And there’s just nothing better, or more exciting, than that 18 or 20 week ultrasound!!! It’s such a thrill, isn’t it? So happy for you. 🙂

  • Sarah January 20, 2012, 4:26 pm

    i think its great that you are waiting to be surprised! I hardly hear of anyone who waits these days!

  • Dominique January 20, 2012, 8:47 pm

    Sean had the exact same drink as you yesterday when he was at Starbucks with some friends. I told him about it and thought it was hilarious! What a coincidence.

    Your dinner reminds me of the korma sauces we have sitting in the pantry. Must cook soon!

  • Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie January 21, 2012, 12:31 am

    Mmmm there’s nothing in the world better than Indian food when you’re craving it!

  • Jillian @ Reshape Your Life January 22, 2012, 3:20 pm

    I love that you aren’t finding out what your having!! I really hope to do that when I have kids, but my fiance really wants to know… It will be a huge debate I’m sure…

    I just remember that my sister didn’t find out for her first and it was so amazing to see my brother in law practically floating down the hallway after the baby was born and say to all of us “it’s a girl!!”, everyone was crying… it was just a super special moment that I will NEVER forget. And I want that with at least one of our future children. lol

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