Jennie Finch’s Blog: The Final Countdown

06/18/2011 at 08:00 AM ET
Ace cuddles up to his baby brother – Dawn Kown Photography

We’re at the end of celebrity blogger Jennie Finch‘s pregnancy! The recently retired softball player is expecting her second child in late June and is sharing her experience with us monthly.

The Olympian, 30 — who won gold in Athens and silver in Beijing — and her husband, pitcher Casey Daigle, are already parents to son Ace Shane, 5.

You can find her online on Facebook and @JFinch27 on Twitter.

Currently 39 weeks along, Finch writes about her last-minute preparations, great news — the baby’s turned! — and answering Ace’s many questions about his little brother.

Is today the day or is tonight the night?

Now that we are down to the wire, these are my daily thoughts as we try to prepare for our sweet Baby D’s arrival. Crazy how time has flown by. I am 39 weeks already!

I think having Ace during this pregnancy has truly made it fly. Being a mommy already, this time around there was much less “me time” — and of course it’s all about him, as it should be! My days are filled with keeping up with an active 5 year old boy and I think I love it just as much as he does!

It truly has gone by so fast. I smile every time I think about meeting our sweet baby, seeing him take his first breath, looking into his eyes, and holding him close. I have been trying to envision how our lives will be with him — it’s impossible to know what that will be like, of course, but I keep trying!

Everyone keeps asking if we are ready. Casey and my expressions are about the same when we are asked. We think we are?! We know you can never be ultimately prepared or ready for the arrival of a little one. We are beyond excited is more like it, while we try to soak up as much sleep as possible these last few days. Ace is anxiously awaiting the arrival of his little brother too.

He has tested out and checked through all of Baby D’s goods, even sat in his car seat (he squeezed his way into it), sucked on a binky, tested out a bottle or two, snuggled with some stuffed animals, tried to figure out the breast pump … as you can tell, it’s been an adventure.

The other day he asked me if he and Baby D could share a room and sleep together. He even climbed in his bed to show me how much room Baby D would have — and it was a bunch! Thanks to Ace for so generously squeezing all the way over to the edge of the bed. It’s just precious.

He’s had some great questions too, like, “What if he has black hair? What if he comes out laughing? What if he comes out and is 15 years old?” Every day he asks how old he will be when Baby D is 4, 5, 99, and on and on with different numbers each time. It’s a good way to squeeze in some math lessons.

He was most pumped about all the electronics, which shows he’s definitely his daddy’s boy! Anything with a remote control is his fave. He loves the mirror for the car headrest that he got to pick out that will let me see the baby. It has lights, music, volume control and of course Ace owns the remote.

Quiet moment with the belly! – Dawn Kown Photography

As you can tell he’s going to be an amazing big brother. I’ve been trying to soak up as much time with Ace as possible. We go and do some fun things that might be on hold when the baby arrives, especially with the temperatures rising. Luckily for me, the weather up here in the valley in California has been so very good to me. This past week temps just started rising. Yesterday it was in the high 90s! My stretchy skirts have been a lifesaver as my wardrobe lessens everyday as we — Baby D and I! — continue to grow.

My belly is growing at a rapid rate — I am measuring at 41 cm which my doctor says is right on schedule. We’re so happy to report that he turned and is head down in the right direction! Everyone tells me my belly is small, but luckily being so tall at 6′ 1″ there is a lot of surface area for this baby boy to spread out into!

Baby D likes to shake and rumble within. He’s had the hiccups a couple of times these last few weeks. Talk about wild … it’s like popcorn popping within and with every pop my belly expands. The one question you try to get used to answering is, “How are you feeling?” My reply is, “Good!” Lately it has been, “Are you miserable yet?” Luckily my answer is, “No, not yet.” Stretched to my max? Yes, almost, but nothing to complain about.

I was blessed with an easy pregnancy with Ace and this one has been the same — we are truly blessed. The worst so far as been trying to manage heartburn and getting cozy enough to sleep. My boys have taken it easy on me.

I am still trying to exercise and keep moving. It’s getting a little more difficult as my due date approaches, a little bit physically, but mostly mentally. I try to get myself fired up knowing that it will be awhile after the birth before I can exercise so I need to enjoy it and get it in while I can now. Some days it works and others it doesn’t!

We are looking forward to having both sets of our parents here for Baby D’s arrival! Mine will be headed up and Casey’s are out West, which is a huge blessing — especially this time because we have Ace to take care of and Casey is playing ball and traveling for work. That is probably the toughest part about professional sports — especially baseball — the travel and the fact they play pretty much every night.

We are so beyond grateful for our parents they have been a huge help and support system for us throughout our lives, Ace’s, and now with Baby D. We could not have been able to continue to live out our dreams, parenting and both of us playing without all of their tremendous help.

One of the best things for me was seeing my parents as grandparents … nothing fills our hearts with greater joy than seeing the amazing relationship Ace has with our parents. It’s beyond description of how truly special it is!

I’ll say we are pretty much ready to meet our little addition … Crazy to think we will be a family of four any day now! We have his little travel/makeshift nursery up and ready. We are anxiously awaiting a beautiful crib and glider that Posh Tots is so generously sending us. It should be here any day and I can’t wait to see them, they have the most precious beautiful furniture!

I am attempting to put together my delivery bag for the hospital and I just charged up our video camera and camera. Now I’m just waiting … enjoying these last few days, resting and most importantly, praying for our sweet Baby D, Ace and for Casey and I as we prepare to meet our precious miracle and newest Baby Daigle.

38 weeks – Courtesy Jennie Finch

— Jennie Finch

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Jen DC on

Ace is absolutely GORGEOUS and you look great! Enjoy these last few days and good luck.

Holly on

Good luck Jennie!

A. on

I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog, good luck Jennie! You have a beautiful family!

Molly on

Good luck 🙂

Linda on

I was so engrossed in your story and it is so wonderful.. the Gift of Life… you are truly blessed and you write beautifully…

ZaraB on

I don’t really know who Jennie is, but enjoyed reading this blog post! I am expecting our second baby in October, and reading this made me even more excited than I already am! I can’t wait for my son to meet his little brother of sister!

L on

I’m so excited for y’all!! I can’t wait to hear his name, I love Ace’s baseball inspired name! Congrats Jennie! 🙂

Brooke on

Jennie – you look absolutely gorgeous! 38 weeks pregnancy looks great on you……Best of luck to you Casey and Big Brother Ace!

Joyce on

wow Ace is just gorgeous..not surprised though! Look at his mom! Congrats again 🙂

rajathathara sudhiraj on

Jennie, best wishes for your second child.

sullyjo on

She truly looks beautiful! And what a cutie big brother her son is going to be. Much luck to Jennie on her second blessing.

Amanda on

Congratulations. You sound like amazing parents. I’ll miss reading your updates.

I wish you a smooth and joyous birth.

erica2 on

I love that her pregnancy pics are tasteful…and are not of her sprawled out naked with her belly exposed…very cute and classy

K on

Jennie is absolutely beautiful! Pregnant looks fantastic on her. And what a great writer! I look forward to photographs of the new baby boy, and hearing about how your life has been impacted on him! Congratulations!

Cheryl on

You look awesome Jennie! Good luck to you 🙂 My daughter and I have been reading your blogs – she took your softball camp in New York this past winter and loved it – hope to see you again at another camp once you’re back!

Crystal on

She is so beautiful. I want her secrets on how to stay so thin while pregnant. Congrats to her and her adorable family!

Tara on

Congratulations on Baby Diesel, Jennie and family!

Laura on

Congratulations on your baby boy! Mine is due any minute as well so it’s been fun to follow your blogs..very similar to my own experience!

Kristi on

I speak from experience when I say that having two little boys can be very challenging, but it’s also an amazing experience. You have so much to look forward to. Best wishes!

Elaina on

Jennie, I am a huge fan of yours. I’ve played softball my whole life and college ball and recently started my family. I had my baby girl 6 months ago and love every part of being a mom can’t wait for my next. You look beautiful pregnant or not you are always looking great. Congrats to you and your growing family 🙂

Debbie C on

Jennie, children are a wonderful blessing. Your son Ace is so adorable and I am certain he will be a great big brother! God bless you and your family 🙂

thundeecatssoftball5 on

Jennie!!!!…. your looking GREAT! Ace is beautiful too!! good luck!
❤ from colorado and the Thundercat softball team!