A Thrive-themed Pregnancy – the straw that broke the camel’s back for Chris Watts?

It’s hard to believe – Shan’ann hinted at least three times in early to mid-May that she was pregnant. On June 11th she said knew she was six weeks pregnant and that her due date was February 1st. This means conception was approximately April 30th.

I’ve speculated previously that the pregnancy videos were actually recorded on May 7th, the day Shan’ann snapped her husband dutifully mowing the lawn which is coincidentally immediately prior to the blitz of hints.

And yet, as is clear in the comments below, some of her friends felt Shan’ann had “fibbed” to them earlier, pretending she didn’t know she was pregnant [until early June] when she may well have known.

So, did she know?

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It’s vital that we know the truth about this, because if Shan’ann misled her friends [and there was no reason to, was there?] then she may well have misled her husband too. If she did, why?

I have a theory, but before we get to that, let’s look at the three hints she dropped in May.

#1: May 8

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#2 May 9

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See it?

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#3 May 15

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These hints unleashed a torrent of comments and responses. By the time Shan’ann announced she was pregnant in her two videos posted on June 11 there was an avalanche of interest – literally hundreds of promoters – almost all her key Thrive target market, mothers – congratulating her.

Just two weeks after the announcement [and there were actually several announcements besides Shan’ann changing her profile picture to also make the announcement stick], there was the Thrive event in San Diego.

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Where Chris Watts would have gone to that or not before everyone knew Shan’ann was pregnant is an open question.

Within the frenzied interactions were some mysterious responses from Shan’ann.

What did she mean by being nervous about being outnumbered?

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She inferred a leopard [leopard print clothing?] had something to do with falling pregnant.

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She was also concerned whether the third child would be as much of a handful as Ceecee was at the time.

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It also appears the pregnancy was either a change of plan or unintended, given that Shan’ann had given away her maternity wear.

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Within this bizarre period Shan’ann also posted an image of house in Mooresville North Carolina, and then posted it a second time.

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The timeline between May and June is also busy with Chris Watts’ birthday and several odes from Shan’ann to her husband about what a great man, husband and father he is. During this period it’s also Father’s Day and Mother’s Day, ironic giving what was soon to devastate this family a few short weeks later.

Shan’ann also noted in one of the comments that she intended to have a Thrive pregnancy, meaning, using the patches, pills and formulas to control her mood and appetite until she gave birth. She also said she got pregnant as quickly as she did thanks to Thrive, almost without trying.

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Of course, she could use the pregnancy to promote the patches in a way that would make her stand out compared to all the other female promoters jostling for social media support. And what do mothers like more than to talk about babies, baby clothes and the whole maternal narrative associated with the child birth fairy tale.

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But how would Chris Watts have felt about that?

12 thoughts on “A Thrive-themed Pregnancy – the straw that broke the camel’s back for Chris Watts?

  1. So, I’m seeing a woman who is very very ambitious. I would see that in all of the national sales directors at events in our MLM company and wondered, how, how did they achieve something so rare in such a short period of time when some of them were just like us, middle class working women with small children and families. The stories I admired most were the women who had far less than I did growing up, who didn’t have much education and a passel of kids to support. If they could believe in themselves that much, to rise to levels of making $80K a month then what was my excuse. The one I admired the most also had cancer. That was woven in to her story too, long before I joined. What a champion!

    And so now I wonder if Sha’nann didn’t so much love children (look how much she points out what a chore they are to her, how she’s afraid to spend a day at the Zoo with just her and her two) as that she was blindly ambitious and babies were a great tool for marketing purposes. And Chris was the tool that could allow her to have the children. One, then another, then a third, who’s to say there wouldn’t have been more. Maybe not so much in the beginning, but as time and Thrive progressed. Why am I not surprised though that the house in Mooresville, NC is another big overblown house, much like her mentor’s house, so along with her dreams to make in big in Thrive if she had to leave Chris in the dust (turned out the other way around) she was going to be set up in style. OR, she could have been thinking lets just get out from under our debts, sell the house and go back to North Carolina. “He does what I tell him to do.”

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      • The national sales directors in the MLM company I was involved with made $80K a month and more in commissions. They were published every month in a magazine, and that was the “carrot.”

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    • Good comments, Pauline. I believe Shan’ann also liked attention, which you typically get when you’re pregnant–or ill–Shan’ann and her children seemed to have a lot of illnesses. I really wonder about the third pregnancy. I say this because last night I was looking at a youtube tribute to Shan’ann that was designed to refute the notion that Shan’ann could have killed her children. The tribute included several photos of Bella and CeCe along with Shan’ann’s comments about how sweet and “amazing” Bella and Cece were. However, as part of almost every one of these posts, Shan’ann also talks about how difficult and unruly they are, especially CeCe. Perhaps this was intended to be light-hearted or funny, but I also think it was an indication that Chris and Shan’ann were overwhelmed with their two children, let alone the prospect of a third. As far at the new North Carolina house, it fits a pattern of Shan’ann’s running from one disaster only to assume another that could be a mirror image of the last mess. It’s as if by moving you can avoid or outrun your problems–the Pollyanna in Shan’ann saying “I’ll do it better this time”; “this time we’ll get it right”; “everything happens for a reason,” which assumes bad things that occur will always yield rainbows and unicorns in the end. Same thing with having another kid–a new one will fix everything, especially a deteriorating relationship.

      In answer to Nick’s query in another thread, I really wonder if it was Chris’s idea to have a third child, or was he coerced or did he amicably agree to it–out of guilt (Shan’ann said he cried, which makes me go “hmmmmm,” perhaps there was more going on in this conversation than Shan’ann shared).

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      • Let’s assume he did want a third child. One possibility is he wanted Shan’ann “taken care of” in the sense that she’d be busy with a baby while he was getting busy with his affair/s. It’s possible but I don’t buy it. On the other hand, if it wasn’t his idea and Shan’ann prepared the soil beforehand, telling everyone it was, who was he to back out of it? But isn’t that exactly what he did do, and he resented her pulling his strings and putting words in his mouth.

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    • Good points Pauline. My next statement may sound petty but it’s truthful. Your kids might not be quite so hard to handle at the zoo if you weren’t letting them eat fistfuls of marshmallows straight out of the bag. Couldn’t help myself on that one.

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      • Oops that reply was meant for Pauline.

        I don’t believe this baby was planned by Chris. Their friends all think it was planned because that’s what Shanann told them to think. What was Chris going to say to the Thayer’s? As they’re congratulating him, is he going to say I’m sorry but my wife is totally full of shit because I had no idea we were going to have another baby. I think not.
        I do think at some point they had an “emotional conversation” about it though.

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  2. I think you’re spot-on, Nick: She “prepared the soil,” spread the word that he was a part of the decision so he couldn’t back out, so he was trapped. In response, he prepared the soil at the Anadarko burial site.

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  3. There is nothing wrong with ambition and hard work and that is to her credit. Shan’ann was everything he wasn’t and I believe he was jealous of her as a person and her capabilities. She was stuck at home with two kids and needed to contribute financially, plus, lift herself out of routine and surburban domesticity. She was young and wanted more out of life for herself and her family and wasn’t afraid to put the hard work in. Every mother I know complains at times about their children that is not abnormal and doesn’t mean she didn’t adore them. I think she was suffering from smiling depression and can sense a sadness at times from her videos. She was living with a monster and contrary to his and her public persona she must have seen shadows of this in his personality. I know of no other woman who raves on and on about how wonderful their husband is that is just not the real world. I suspect she was well aware of his potential to stray and felt by bigging him up and feeding his ego he would stay. Also, was the new pregnancy a way to keep a hold of him so he would not leave her for his co worker, as apparently she was aware he was having an affair and told her mother this. Plus, she would have known by plastering it all over Facebook the mistress would have known she was pregnant, which showed they were still intimate in the marriage and hopefully, the news would break them up. I think the reveal video was set up and he put on a another show that he was happy about a 3rd child but in reality, he was horrified as that trapped him even further. By divorcing her he would have had to pay alimony and maintenance for the next 20 years, leaving him little financially and not the most desirable catch on the market. Can you imagine if she came home and the children had already been murdered the sight she must have seen and the human anguish. Shan’ann would not have wanted to have lived I imagine, without her two beloved children. Ultimately, she was the showgirl putting on a show for her work and family, always sunny but when one peel’s away the layers of this facade one wonders what exactly was their REAL home life like with this monster!

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    • Ambition – well it depends on what it’s geared towards. Hitler was ambitious. MLM thrives on both the greed and ignorance of its flock, and you can probably add desperation to that. Not sure what’s vindicating about that.

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