Tuesday, January 6, 2015

My Ectopic Pregnancy

I have been putting off writing this for sometime.  Trying to gather my thoughts, my emotions, and to understand purpose in hard things.  For me this blog is my therapy.  I have re-read where I was during my pregnancy with Ollie, during her open heart surgery, and it puts me right back in that spot.  Then I see more recent blogs I have created with the joy we live now.  So it only is right to share this so I can always remember a piece of our life - an important piece.  I write here for mainly for myself.

The truth is we were finished having babies.  I wanted a baby after Ollie, but Jade didn't and we had come to terms with being done and were perfectly happy with the 3 kids we have.  But God had different plans for us.  I had an IUD (paragaurd) placed in 2011 - I have had it almost 4 years.  In November I started having some abnormal and severe cramping, I thought it was my IUD and I told Jade it was time to talk about a vasectomy and get my IUD removed.  I personally don't like using synthetic hormones & my IUD had none in it - and honestly it was his turn to take one for the team.  He setup a consult appointment to get his vasectomy.  

Literally 2 days later (Thanksgiving day), I started having the pregnancy symptoms - after 3 prior pregnancies I know what it feels like to be pregnant.  Jade thought I was crazy, I agreed, but took a test anyway.  Then I saw the positive lines.  We were blown away!  And his face when I told him was sheer excitement for another baby.  I couldn't believe it, he couldn't believe it - it truly was a God thing!

So we scheduled an appointment immediately to get my IUD removed, and prayed like crazy that it wouldn't cause a miscarriage...and it didn't!  My hormone levels kept climbing & everything seemed to be on the up & up.

We planned a big reveal for our family at Aubrie's 9th birthday - we knew they would be shocked because they knew we were "done".  We bought the kids a baby doll to open at Aubrie's birthday party with a note about their new sibling coming in August.  It was several weeks of excitement & quite honestly amazement in God's miracle work.

I had some spotting this pregnancy, which was different for me that's never happened before, but with my blood levels continuing to improve my doctor was confident all was fine, but honestly I felt in my heart that it wasn't...so I told my sisters & mom because I kept thinking I was miscarrying.

I went Christmas shopping with my sisters December 11th & felt great all day.  It was so nice to spend a day with them.  It was a great day talking about baby #4 and planning what was to come!  I was 6 weeks along at this point which is still rather early considering we knew for 2 weeks prior.

Then on the way home I started to not feel well and it escalated quickly from me not feeling well, to thinking I may throw up, to passed out in a gas station on the floor then puking my guts out...waking up to an ambulance & fire truck.  I took an ambulance ride, waited a long time, and found out I had an ectopic pregnancy that ruptured.  We had lost the baby and I had internal bleeding and needed emergency surgery.

By the time she took me into the OR I could barely breath b/c of the bleeding.  I had a laproscopic surgery and one day of recovery in the hospital.  I came home with a huge, bloated and painful belly but was back to my old self within 2 weeks.

Our hearts were broken, but we are recovering at home with 3 kids to hug and kiss daily.  But please continue to pray for me.  I went from not wanting any more babies, to ecstatic about a baby, to losing the baby, and now I'm in this tough position to decide what's next.  I know God has plans and I will understand them all some day, but some days it's hard.  But all in all we are recovering and doing well....thank goodness for my husband - he's my rock as always! <3 p="">

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Slow Cooker Chicken & Barley Stew

You simply MUST try this stew!  It's amazing!  I reposted the recipe from my dear friend Valerie Woeste over at her blog Healthy Life.  She is the master at clean, healthy, easy, and tasty recipes!!  

Serves: 8
  • 32 oz low-fat, low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp garlic sea salt
  • 1/2 tbsp thyme
  • 1/2 tbsp basil
  • 1/2 tbsp cilantro
  • 1/4 tbsp dill
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 12 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed (uncooked)
  • 1/2 cup uncooked black-eyed peas, rinsed and picked through
  • 1/2 cup barley
  • 1 medium sweet onion, cubed
  • 20 oz potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 10 oz carrots (3 large), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 8 tbsp greek yogurt (optional)
  1. Fill a slow cooker with broth, 8 oz water, garlic, herbs and pepper. Add chicken, peas and barley, then layer onion, potatoes and carrots overtop. Liquid should just cover vegetables. Do not stir.
  2. Allow to simmer overnight, at least 4 to 6 hours. Remove bay leaves and stir before serving. Spoon 1 cup into each bowl and top with 1 tbsp greek yogurt, if desired.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

HUGE Holiday Sale!!!! Get Healthy for Christmas!!!

If you have been looking for some outrageous fitness deals for the holidays to jump start your New Years resolution - I have just what you need!  Our annual holiday sale kicks off TONIGHT 11/25 at 7 PM CST and runs through December 2nd!!!!  But don't wait - things will SELL OUT FAST!!!!

Holiday Promotion Link (Will NOT be a live link until the sale starts at 7 PM CST!!!):

Attached are images of our sale & as always I will be offering a free accountability group to coach you through the items of your choice!  Please contact me at anniereidfitness@gmail.com OR Facebook.com/AnnieMarieReid for details!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Best Crockpot Recipe Ever! Family Favorite!!!

Even though I stay home with my kids and work at home I still feel that dinner time crunch!!! Planning ahead in the morning for dinner that night always helps our evenings run more smoothly. Here is our family favorite - we eat it almost weekly! Let me know if you like it! 

3-4 frozen chicken breasts
1 can low sodium black beans
1 can corn
1 jar salsa
Optional - diced peppers & onions
Cumin, chili powder, salt & pepper to taste
Water - if you add more water it becomes a soup- less water and it becomes a taco filler or use to create a taco salad

Cook on high 6 hours, shred the chicken, add Greek yogurt, avocado, and low fat cheese if desired!


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