Jennie Finch’s Blog: Life As a Mom of Two!

08/04/2011 at 01:00 PM ET
Back on the mound! – Jeff Gross/Getty

We’ve made it through celebrity blogger Jennie Finch‘s pregnancy! 

After sharing her experience with us, the recently retired softball player welcomed her second son, Diesel Dean, in June.

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

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

Now a new mom to a 6-week-old, Finch writes about the birth of her second child, Ace’s adjustment, her new project and a return to the field — plus shares some baby photos!

How and where do I begin…

My heart is overflowing with gratitude and joy. Diesel Dean Daigle was brought into this world on Father’s Day, June 19th. He was 8 lbs., 2 oz and 22¼ inches long when he was born at 10:25 p.m. Sunday night. Our hearts and family expanded to a fabulous four, and more indescribable love filled our hearts. He has been just a precious doll, so much fun to see him grow and discover the world.

It’s so incredible how something so small can rock your world like nothing else. It’s so hard to put into words the feeling of having a child and the love that fills you and that is poured into them. Truly amazing. He is just perfect. Just perfect.

Labor was really good to me for the most part. I have to say the worst parts were my left leg falling asleep — and staying asleep — for the last four hours of labor, and a bit of puking here and there. Yes, as you can tell, I did go for the epidural. I was induced and it took me awhile to dilate. It was a long day at the hospital starting at 6:30 a.m., but Baby D was well worth every second of it.

Casey was so great, so very sweet and supportive. He is my rock and he played the part well despite the fears and worries going through his head. He stayed strong for me through it all. My doctor even let me pull Baby D out and put him straight on my chest. What a miracle!

A miracle is really the only way to describe motherhood and giving birth. It’s unbelievable how God has made us women and babies to endure and be able to do so much. A miracle, indeed. Such an incredible blessing. Baby D took a little more pushing than Ace but was definitely an easier recovery. We were even able to take Baby D home within 24 hours of his arrival!

Brothers Ace and Diesel — Dawn Kown Photography

One of the highlights was Ace coming in to see his little brother for the first time. Ace rushed over to his bed and just stared. He stayed there watching every move and admiring his “lil’ guy” as he calls him. Ace checked him out head to toe. It was so, so sweet.

Ace was so excited and has been just the sweetest big brother. He gives Baby D at least 50 kisses a day and rushes over to be at his beck and call. Last night he leaned over and said, “Mommy, I think I love him a little more than I love you. I love you to the solar system and I love Lil’ Guy out of the solar system.” As you can tell, Baby D will be well taken care of and looked over!

As an only child for five years, I was a little worried about the adjustment and how Ace would take it. All that worrying for nothing! I think Ace has taken to the new addition better than I have. I’m still trying to balance it all and make sure Ace gets what he needs, along with Baby D.

From what I hear it’s a normal thing to feel guilty as a mother, especially when trying to fill the needs of a newborn along with maintaining what you had with your first child. So far it’s been good and I’m trying to get better every day with motherhood and the balancing act. It’s becoming easier day by day as we get to know and see Baby D grow.

On the plane with the boys! — Courtesy Jennie Finch

We took our first trip the weekend of July 9th — we went to Arizona for the MLB All Star festivities. Other than a few interviews here and there, it was my first time back working. Packing was the worst part of it — I am out of shape with packing! I had it down traveling with Ace at least two times a week during the season, but it has gotten so simple over the years.

I’m not going to lie — I had some anxiety traveling with my boys alone on the plane. Again worrying … for nothing! I think worrying and parenting go hand and hand. Ace was all the help I needed and Baby D slept the entire plane ride.

I did a few appearances with Bank of America and State Farm to start the weekend and finished it with a bang playing the 2011 MLB All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game. What a blast! I had so much fun — it was, as always, an extreme honor to share the field with such greats.

Just having given birth three weeks (to the day!) prior, my abs were a little out of shape, along with my lungs. I was out of breath from running the bases. Luckily, since I haven’t been getting much sleep during the night with Baby D, adrenaline took over for the weekend. The fans were incredible too — they kept me going. It was great to be back in Arizona and even better to be back out on the field!

Amaury Nolasco, Nick Jonas, Me, Josh Hopkins and more at the Legends & Celebrity Softball Game — Courtesy Jennie Finch

I am extremely excited about this next announcement: I have a book coming out in late August! Throw Like a Girl: How to Dream Big and Believe in Yourself is about my journey — mind, body and spirit — sharing the life lessons I have learned through my experiences on and off the field.

Casey has been on his All Star break this week, which means more sweet family time. We’ve been able to enjoy going to the circus, pool time, resting and relaxing. We are so blessed and enjoying being a family of four.

We have been so overwhelmed with all the love from so many shown during this wonderful time of our lives. Thank you for joining us in our miraculous journey.

— Jennie Finch

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Tina on

Two things … if she traveled alone on the plane, then who took that picture?

And also, how is it possible someone could look that good three weeks after giving birth?

She’s awesome!

Maggie on

She took it – look at her arm. 😉

Jennie, you seem like an amazing mom and thank you so much for letting us into your lives and allowing us to follow your pregnancy! Baby D is just beautiful and Ace sounds like a wonderful big brother.

And lucky you, standing next to Josh Hopkins!! Just love him on Cougar Town.

ann on

You give me hope Jennie — I have a soon to be 5 year old and we are ready to TTC #2!!! I too am afraid of the adjustment….but she will be a great big sister:)

Brooke on

Tina – Oh, I don’t know….Maybe the person who was sitting by the window or maybe she used the timer while the camera was on the tray. Hello?

Patrice on

The black and white photo of the brothers is beautiful. They are very good-looking boys!

Karen on

She & her boys are adorable!!!! Wow, to travel w/ the 2 boys…go Mommy power! She also looks amazing just after 3 wks! Jealous!!!

Holiday on

She looks amazing and her boys are cute! I found going to 2 children a bit of an adjustment. My son and daughter are 4 years apart but now that they are 5 and 1 things are much easier!

Hayley on

She is beautiful and so are her boys. I love how down to earth she seems. Congrats!!!

K on

Great post! Beautiful boys!

ForeverMoore on

Awww Ace sounds like a sweetheart! I hope my two boys are close like that too…although they will only be 18 months apart so I don’t know if I will have quite the helper like Ace is but I look forward to the days when they can play together.

On another note, I CANNOT believe she was playing softball 3 weeks after giving birth…go girl!

Sophia on

Such beautiful brothers! I LOVE the quote from Ace about how he loves his brother out of the solar system. So, so sweet!

Jennie clearly looks amazing so I won’t even go into that, haha.

eyeswideshut on

I”m an atheist and I have to say I cringe when I hear G references in stuff, such as award ceremonies, etc. but for some reason I can cope a bit with her constant religious references as she seems like a really nice person and a great role model for young girls in sport. I can’t wait to read her book, I’ll just glance over the religiousness.

kirsty on

oh please you cringe at the mention of God. you must be a atheist who is uncomfortable with ideas other than your own, I know atheists and just because we dont agree on the existence of God, I can put those differences aside.

Alyssa on

eyeswideshut: Where exactly does she reference God in this post? I’ve read it twice at can’t seem to see any spot where she mentions her religion at all.

Ashley on

You go ahead and do that, EyesWideShut…..LOL

Jes on

Congratulations to you and your family. The boys are wonderful and I wish I could look that good with or w/o being pregnant. Your boys are adorable and love that Ace is so taken w/the lil’ guy.

Wendy on

I was a student at the U of Arizona at the same time as Jennie. She was so inspiring then, balancing her athletic and academic careers… she remains so today as she balances life as a mother and celebrity. Way to go Jennie!

Halley on

We just added our second son to the mix, our oldest son is seven. I think its been my favorite part… watching my older son be the big brother I always prayed he’d get the chance to be. Congrats on your two boys! Its the best!!

eyeswideshut on

I love deliberately posting comments on her to rile up people.

Kirsty – I personally find constant god this and god that annoying. Just my point of view. I also didn’t say anything derogatory about her, I actually think she’s great for what she has achieved and her sense of wanting to get other girls in sport is admirable.

Alyssa – I was talking generally – she does post about God stuff in her other blogs and on her twitter. Like I said i was saying I’m not a fan of that sort of stuff, but other than that i admire her.

Whoever the last person was – *rolleyes* LOL

Holiday on

Halley it must be easy having such an age difference between your boys. I was aiming for a 5 year age gap but my son and daughter are 4 years apart and it was hard at the start because he was home with me all day. I bet a 7 year gap would be a piece of cake!

Aly199 on

Congratulations to you and your family!! My son was born on the same day as Diesel. Your boys are beautiful!

Traci on

@eyeswideshut – you’re just stupid. God’s been around forever and I can’t believe you’re putting on this wall that you’re an athiest. Who gives a hoot what you are.

God is real and you will have to answer to him one day.

Remember Karma’s a “BYOTCH”.

Jen on

Diesel Dean??? Really…

Emily on

She looks AMAZING after just three weeks! Go Jennie! I’m about 6 months post-baby, and let’s just say…my abs are more than “a little out of shape.” 🙂

Stacey on

Aw her boys are adorable…I’m a little weary of the name Diesel, but its not as bad as some of the celebrity names out there. She looks darn good for only give birth 3 weeks ago at that picture! The picture of her sons is just adorable!

Jenn on

Awwww…I love him out of the solar system. That’s the sweetest thing ever! Congratulations!

Cat on

@Holiday, my girls are 71/2 years apart and it is great. Big sister adores the baby one adn the baby one hero worships big sister. There is nothing in common to be jealous or competitive over either.

Sadie on

Jennie, thank you so muh for sharing your beautiful story with us. I was hoping to hear the inspiration for Baby D’s name. Yousared before that choosing Ace’s name was a special process and I would love to hear how that expereince was this Diesel.

Susan on

@eyeswideshut – Your name is basically how you are living your life! Have you ever looked outside? Have you ever looked into the eyes of a newborn baby? Have you ever experienced “fate” as you might call it? And you can STILL say you don’t believe in God? God is a God of miracles! He is a God of compassion! He is a God of love!!

Check out the story of Alistar McGrath, a FORMER Atheist who became a Christian because he could no longer deny the existence of God!

In the meantime, I will pray for your soul and others like it.

Just remember, there’s a reason the mention of God bothers you…that’s God working on you! 🙂

Kat on

@eyeswideshut: I’m with you on this one. I’m always surprised when the Christians (who probably didn’t go to church this weekend or tithe appropriately since they have to pay for their People magazine subscriptions) pounce on atheists as people who need to be fixed, or are wrong, or are going to Hell, or whatever. I was brought up Christina where we learned to love each other as they are. When that didn’t work out, I changed teams.

Morgan :) on

I LOVE Jennie with a passion. I want her to be my mom soooo bad. (laughing but very serious)<333

Anonymous on

so cute

Marky on

Kat, why do you assume any Christian who posts is someone who didn’t “go to church” or tithe? I am a bit perplexed that you would come to that conclusion without any reference as to why. The Christians I know attend regularly, and tithe at least 10%, if not more. They don’t feel the need to be hateful or critical, the way you just were, and they strive to be caring toward all in need. Perhaps those you are referring to are 1) other atheists who, like you, feel compelled to criticize those you don’t agree with, OR 2) they are not christians at all.

KT on

You’ve got to love it when people have to make everything about themselves and their beliefs. This article is about Jennie and her boys, not whether you believe in God or not. Stop already!!!