|Daigle family at the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian reservation – 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 25 weeks along, Finch writes about the family’s latest adventures in Arizona and Ace’s choice in products for his baby brother — who’s now the size of a rutabaga!
So our baby is now the size of an average rutabaga. I had to go to the grocery store to find that one for comparison! Still just a little guy, but getting bigger. I can’t wait to meet him on the outside.
I’m feeling good these days, but heartburn has definitely set in and my shoes seems farther away every day when it comes to tying them. It’s just crazy to think we still have three more months to go. The heartburn especially tells me I need to watch what I am eating to some extent.
It’s a constant battle for me… choosing the right things to eat. I have this little evil voice in my head that tells me I have three more months to enjoy, so just indulge! I remind myself that what I eat is what our baby is eating, too, and that I need to get all those nutrients he needs. That makes it a little easier.
As it turns out rutabagas are a really good source of some of those nutrients including vitamin C, folate (especially good for expecting mommies!), potassium and calcium. If anyone has any good rutabaga recipes, I’d love to hear them!
It’s been a busy month with Casey in Arizona for spring training. We’re loving our time in Scottsdale with the Giants. The atmosphere in spring training is great. It’s a little more laid back, and Casey’s home every night, which is such a treat.
We’re definitely having fun in the sun. While Casey’s at the ballpark Ace and I have been doing a lot of swimming. How lucky can we be swimming outside in March?! We head out to the ballpark on the days we think Casey might pitch. We love watching our big ace! We’re so proud of him. He’s been in this game a long time, which is no easy thing, and he works so hard. I love and admire his drive.
Off the field we’ve done some really fun things as a family, too, from trips to the zoo with camel rides to an Ostrich Festival to a tour of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian reservation. We love taking our little Ace and showing him all these new things.
I’ve been traveling quite a bit still, heading to different speaking engagements across the country, and doing camps and clinics, too. We’ve got more camps coming up, so I’m grateful that I’m still feeling good. I can’t believe it, but I’m still able to pitch! My belly’s not in the way just yet. I pitched at a clinic last week, but we’ll see how long this lasts! I’m hoping to still be able to pitch at our last Jennie Finch Softball Camp in Oklahoma in mid-May. We’ll see!!
Thanks to everyone for the input and ideas in the comments. It’s been fun to read! It’s exciting to see all the new products out there. It’s been almost five years since we had Ace and there’s so much new stuff!! I can’t believe it. Looking through it all gets me so excited. It makes it more real.
Ace is already picking out tons of stuff for his baby brother. He even picked out a pack-n-play with wheels. He said we needed the wheels, so we can just wheel his little brother through airports. It made us laugh that that’s his mindset — he’s so conditioned to being on the road with our lives as athletes!
Overall I am just overwhelmed with gratitude! This is such an incredible, amazing, miraculous ride. Such a gift!
That feeling is amplified by everything happening in Japan. Friends and teammates are playing there now. I’m partnered with Phiten and Mizuno – both Japanese brands — and have played in and visited that wonderful country many, many times. I’ve experienced firsthand their amazing generosity and hospitality. It’s one of my favorite places to go!
In the midst of all my personal happiness my heart goes out to the people there and their family members. I’m keeping them in my prayers and hope you’ll keep them in yours.
– Jennie Finch