Jennie Finch’s Blog: Arriving in Arizona

02/18/2011 at 09:00 AM ET
Courtesy Jennie Finch

Please give a warm welcome to our newest celebrity blogger, Jennie Finch! The recently retired softball player is expecting her second child in late June and will be sharing her pregnancy experience with us monthly.

The Olympian, 30 — who won gold in Athens and silver in Beijing — and her husband, Major League Baseball pitcher Casey Daigle, are already parents to son Ace Shane, 4½.

Currently 21 weeks along, Finch writes about the family’s move to Arizona for Daigle’s spring training, buying her first pair of maternity jeans and her active baby boy on the way.


I can’t believe it’s already been a month since my last post! There’s been so much going on.

Getting packed and driving across Texas and New Mexico to Arizona for spring training with the San Francisco Giants has taken a lot of time and planning. Between packing and finding a temporary place to stay, it’s been a great adventure. When we told Ace how long we were going to be in the car, he looked at us and with a grin said, “Boy, I get to watch a lot of movies then!” He’s such a trooper. Everything’s an adventure for him!

We found a great place to stay in Arizona and have settled in. Ace likes his new bed and his new bedroom, and we’re excited to have my parents come out and visit us for a few days over this weekend. It’s nice to be so close to them out here. We love the desert and the amazing sunsets here, too. When you’re away it’s easy to forget, but we look out every evening and are amazed. The sunsets make you pause and look, they’re that beautiful.

Casey’s already checked into spring training with the Giants. I don’t envy him coming back to training camp. I don’t miss that at all. The soreness in every part of your body, the aches and pains. But we’re so excited for the start of spring, and for baseball and softball season!

It’s awesome seeing Casey in black and orange, those are the colors of the pro team I played for in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) – the Chicago Bandits! If any of it fit, I’d have to break out some of my old t-shirts in support.

I was surprised at how used to country living I’d become in Louisiana. It’s a big change to be back in the city. There are a ton of shops and restaurants around our apartment, but I have to admit that shopping for maternity clothes is a lot easier here, and boy did I need to find some! It was definitely time.

I bought my first pair of maternity jeans just this week. I’m officially out of denial. Pea in the Pod even had a pair that was long enough — a major challenge when you’re 6’1″ in bare feet. I don’t think I can wear them with heels, but I have a feeling I won’t be wearing heels too often anyway for a long time.

No sooner had we gotten here, though, than we had to head out to Michigan for one of my softball camps. My mother-in-law runs these, and with Casey’s family and my family showing up, as well as a bunch of my Olympic teammates who feel like family, it really becomes a family affair.

I’m always excited to see friends and family and meet the girls who sign up. With my ever-growing bump, though, I worried about being able to still do a pitching demonstration. Luckily I was able to get it in this time. My baby bump isn’t in the way yet, and it was an awesome weekend of softball.

I truly feel blessed to be able to get out there and spend time talking about the sport I love. It inspires me and gives me hope every time I look at these girls who love what they do, and love to play. I look around at their parents who are there in support and I’m blown away.

Through all this, the baby is super active. No surprise there!! He moves a ton, mostly at night, but it’s a joy to be kept awake like that … or so we tell ourselves, right moms? Ace is so pumped, and is already talking about what he and his baby brother will do. He’s already got an agenda and it’s got playing, swimming and wrestling on it, and the list gets longer all the time.

I wish I had better news to report about slowing the weight gain, but the weight is pouring on. I’m still working out. I’ve always been a runner, and even ran a half marathon just before we left Louisiana a few weeks ago. (Completely approved by my doctor, of course!) I’ve been trying to kick up my workouts a little, and watch what I eat to some extent!

Casey is sweet, and tells me to just enjoy. He’s always looking out for me in everything, and this is no exception. I truly am enjoying myself daily! It’s such a sweet, sweet blessing to be expecting number two — we’re so very grateful!

— Jennie Finch

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Kelly Clawson on

Wow working out when pregnant? All I wanted to do was nap on the couch! Can’t wait to read more of your blogs!

Mommy of 2 on

Great blog!! I love how down to earth she seems! I had no idea that she was 6’1. I cant wait to hear what name she chooses for her new little man!! Cant wait to read more! :o)

Mandi on

I am also 21 weeks pregnant with my second child and do not come close to looking that good!!! My belly is much bigger than hers!

Jennifer on

What a great blog, very inspiring.
I am not pregnant, however, she woudl motivate me to workout while pregnant-which I did with my first.

Tee on

Jennie, this was so much fun to read! Your son sounds really laid back. Congratulations on baby boy number two!

fuzibuni on

For some reason I thought she was really petite… at least she looks that way in her photos! Yey for the tall girls 🙂

Chelsie on

You are so pretty and cute! I think you sound like such a fun and cool mom, I hope I’m like that with mine! I’m 17 weeks pregnant with my first and I can’t wait to be a mom. I love how you’re active and it sounds like ur whole family is like that, that’s what I hope to be like too.

Thanks for the positive and motivating blog!

M on has maternity clothes in Tall!!!

Capri on

Jennie, your too pretty, ive always loved you ever since I played softball back in the day!! Continue writing, as we enjoy reading!! Oh & Go Twins lol, had too!!

Lily on

I really like the name Ace and I am curious about the name of the new baby.

Holiday on

Your son sounds like my son with how excited he was about the baby. I got pregnant with my daughter when my son was 3.5 and every day he would tell me all the exciting things he was going to teach the baby. Now he is 5 and she is 9 months and they are VERY close! Today he half jokingly asked if he could bring her to school and keep her in his cubby haha.

Kristan on

Jenny–I know you have probably heard this a million times over, but you are such an inspiration!!! I love reading your comments on facebook and here. My daughter is a pitcher and will be tall as well. I hope she will someday be alot like you!!! Thank you for being an everyday hero to these girls of Softball!! Bring on spring!!!

Sidney#16 on

Hey Jennie!I love softball! I play for a compeitive team and im 1st base! Up when you were talking about Caseys colors you said she wore black and orange, thats the colors of my softball team! We are called the Colorado Stars 12u. It would be awesome if you could come to one of our tournaments! If your not able, then we are going to oklahoma in june for the world series and if your there you could mabey come meet my team!!! that would be awesome if you did!
Thanks- Sidney #16

Sidney#16 on

Also im 12 right now and im already 5’6!!! 🙂

Cheryl on

Welcomme to Arizona…..enjoy the wonderful season of baseball!!!

Meggy on

Although I never played softball (at least not in college), I too am a life long athlete playing water polo and swimming. I have always respected you and wanted to say: GO GIANTS!!!! Welcome to the family! You will love the fans!

PS I can only hope I look 1/10th as good as you do when I am at 21weeks pregnant! You are an inspiration. 🙂

FC on

Weight gain? What weight gain, Jennie? You look great, and I cannot believe that Ace is already 4 and a half. Doesn’t even seem like he should be that old.

Laura S on

My daughter went to one of the softball camps and she loved it. We had so much fun and she learned alot!!

Lori D. on

Jennie Finch is a totally amazing woman… My daughter attended one of her softball camps a few years ago and had a great time. She was able to talk to Jennie, get her autograph, and take photos. Jennie has definitely inspired my daughter! What a great role model she is for all these young girls! Congratulations on baby boy #2! I’m sure he will be just as beautiful as the rest of your family!!

ErikaNonem on

I have always loved her and its so great to see her doing well! I absolutely love her sons name, Ace. I hope they’re as creative with the second as they were with the first!

melissa Lewis on

Jenny You look amazing hope the drive was not that bad. Yes lots of movies for your son. I have done the same drive from cali to arkansas with two kidos. I have had the Honor to play with and against you in softball back in the days and you are an amazing perso inside and out. I loved watching you play your a true athlete. I wish you and your family the best. Congrats on your second child.