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Jennie Finch’s Blog: Baby No. 3 Is on the Way!

07/30/2012 at 06:30 PM ET
Me and all my boys at Battle on the Bayou – Courtesy Jennie Finch

She’s back! Please say hello again to celebrity blogger Jennie Finch

After sharing her pregnancy with now 13-month-old son Diesel Dean with us, we asked the recently retired softball player for an update on family life.

It turns out that Finch had some news to break: she’s expecting her third child in January!

In addition to Baby D, the Olympian, 31 — who won gold in Athens and silver in Beijing — and her husband, pitcher Casey Daigle, are also parents to son Ace Shane, 6.

You can find Finch — author of Throw Like a Girl: How to Dream Big and Believe in Yourself – on Facebook and @JFinch27 on Twitter.

Hello again! I’m excited to be back here on PEOPLE.com after being asked how my little guy, Baby D, is doing as of his first birthday.

Diesel — yes, a unique name but it suits him perfectly! — is doing wonderfully and growing fast. He’s a big guy, cruising around as he just started walking. He’s after his big brother, Ace — who’s 6 now! — and making us smile every day.

Diesel and Ace – Courtesy Jennie Finch

Diesel’s outgrowing the clothes I saved from Ace so quickly. It’s unbelievable how fast the time passes. I played in the MLB All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game earlier this month, and it’s reminded me of playing the same game a year ago — Diesel was only two weeks old!

I remember being in the ladies locker room in-between all the fun things MLB has us do, pumping away and missing my little guy.

Baby D and me – Courtesy Jennie Finch

I always look forward to the All-Star festivities, and it was another great game this year. We always have a good time out there. The fans in Kansas City were out of this world — one of the best crowds I’ve had the chance to play in front of.

I got to play alongside some of the all-time legends of the game again, and since some of us have done it for a few years now, there’s such good camaraderie.

It’s always fun to meet the celebrities, too. Jon Hamm and Eric Stonestreet were fun to get to know and play with. I gave Eric the underhand fast pitch heat this year, brushing him off the home plate!

Getting my pitch on at the All-Stars – Rick Diamond/Getty

There’s a woman at my equipment company, Mizuno, who handles all the equipment needs for their baseball and softball players. She’s the glue over there, and we are all so blessed to have her.

In all the years I’ve known her, and with all the professional athletes she knows, she was flipping out that I would get to meet Jon Hamm. I wasn’t sure I should even tell her that he used my bat during the game for fear she’d faint or something, but I was able to get a picture with him.

James Denton is always a blast to play with, and Chord Overstreet was back, too, and played hard. Plus I love Paulie DeMeo — he has a heart of gold. It was his second time this year, and it was so fun to see him again. The Zac Brown Band played, and two of my friends from the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team were asked to play, too.

So I met Jon Hamm… – Courtesy Jennie Finch

It was awesome to be there alongside these two guys who are such an inspiration and who have given so much for us and our freedom. They’re so young, and they’ve given so much to our country. Their view on life is incredible — their motto is that “life without limbs is limitless,” and they live that every day and give hope to and inspire others. It’s amazing to see, and they can play! Their infielder Matt Kinsey actually walked away with the MVP trophy this year.

I had a chance to play against them this winter, and decided on the spot to host a Battle on the Bayou in my Louisiana hometown. They were booked out for the year but I was excited they let us squeeze another date on their calendar. It turned out to be busy already, but we chose the date and got to work.

The community in southwestern Louisiana embraced the cause and came up big! We were able to raise more than $200,000, and are so proud! So many came together for such a great cause, it was truly one of the best things I’ve been able to be a part of.

Keepin’ secrets at the ESPYs – Jen Lowery/Splash News Online

I had a little secret through all of this, though. Casey and I are expecting our third little one in January!!

A few days before that crazy week that included MLB All-Star, the ESPYs, the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame induction for our 2004 Olympic Softball Team, a Battle on the Bayou fundraiser to benefit the Wounded Warrior Foundation, and a softball camp, I realized I’d been feeling more tired than usual and just kind of, well, strange.

I looked at Casey and said, “I have that feeling again and I think I need to take a pregnancy test.” He said, “I’ve had that same feeling” so off to the store we went. Sure enough, it came back positive.

We were so excited! I love my boys, and I just didn’t feel like I was finished having babies, so this pregnancy is truly another blessing. We’re so grateful for our family as it is, and to think that it will grow even more this winter is amazing.

Country fun with my sons – Courtesy Jennie Finch

I’m looking forward to hearing from all of you again this time around, too — advice, questions, anything! I read the comments, plus you can Tweet me @jfinch27.

Still dreaming and believing,

– Jennie Finch

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Izzie on

Like her, lovely looking family but horrible first names for the boys. Horrible.

Donna on

Congrats!! Beautiful family, awesome names! Best Wishes!!!

Tee Tee on

So happy for you, Jennie! Congratulations! I’m looking forward to reading your blogs through this pregnancy!

Jess on

I’ve loved you since I saw you pitch at the U of A. You and your family are so beautiful and you seem like a genuinely kind person. I truly admire you for being such a great athlete as well as a classy lady and mom. I love your boys’ names and congrats on the third on the way!

adriana on

Jennie, I am so happy for you and your family!

Alyssa on

Congratulations! That is so exciting! You have been one of my favorite athletes over the year! I can’t think of a better role model and inspiration to young girls! Thank you so much :)

Amy on

Love, love, love her! Miss seeing her at the summer Olympics! Her boys are beautiful and she is a class act. So glad you’re blogging again, Jennie!

Chantel on

Congratulations! Maybe baby #3 will be a girl this time ;)

Kayte on

Gorgeous family. Wishing them another happy, healthy baby.

Jayda on

I love the boys’ names! Can’t wait to find out this one’s gender and their name.

mathdiva on

You have a beautiful family and I wish you the best with this pregnancy, but for the love of God, please choose a normal name for child #3.

Melanie Rezvani on

Congratulations on your growing family! We have three children and they certainly keep us busy. It makes things a bit crazy sometimes when the parents are outnumbered by the kids, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

Devon on

Congrats! Looking forward to keeping up with your posts, as we’re expecting our third little one in January, as well!

Jessica on

I have always loved Jennie Finch. She’s a sweetheart and you can tell she’s a great mother/wife. She has an amazing attitude, if only Hope Solo could get an ounce of Jennie’s personality…

Shannon on

Diesel and Ace??? LOL!

roostercall on

CHANTAL FROM JULY 30TH– WHY DOES SHE HAVE TO NECESSARILY HAVE A DAUGHTER THIS TIME? So what if she gives birth to another boy. Either way, a baby is a blessing. CHANTAL, SHAME ON YOU.

Tiffany on

You have a beautiful family, Jennie. Congratulations on baby #3.

Ashlyn on

Diesel Daigle? For real?

Say that hot mess of a name three times fast.

deets on

Generally I like unusual names, but naming your kid after a petroleum product seems… well… stupid.

Softball on

What good does it do to publish a comment like that? Just curious. Her child’s names are her choice. If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all!

nvsue on

Diesel Daigle? Really? Poor child…

Katrina on

Bet ya most of these name haters have kids with names that end in -an, -en, -yn or -on. ei… jaden, madison, aidan, kaitlyn… So orginal.

meghan on

roostercall, chill out. There’s nothing wrong with anyone saying, ‘maybe it will be a girl’. Telling someone to be ashamed of themselves for a harmless comment is really juvenile, as is all caps.

Dawn Jackson on

I happen to think the names are great. If you have followed Jennie’s carreer you would KNOW why they names their first born Ace. And as for Deisel well I kinda think that’s cool.

Andrea on

Settle down. No need to blow up. You should be ashamed.

Marko polo on

Congrats to you and your wonderful family!! Get your ball team !!

Elissa on

I love her! She is truly the sweetest person I have ever met! She is very down to earth. They are the sweetest family. Congrats on baby #3, and I love the boys names!!!

Lynne on

You silly people who critize her for her children’s names act like she reads this or even cares!

How sad your life is of being critical of someone and writing it here.

Really, are your lives that bad that you need to be so ugly?

jasmineflowerr on

Lol, I know her from the Chobani commercial. :) She seems pretty cool though and she’s an athlete, which I admire (I suck at most sports lol). You and your family have my best wishes! :)

Traci on

I see nothing wrong with her 2 sons names.

I think they’re cute so whoever said they were horrible, here’s a heads-up. They’re not your children.

Still Life in San Francisco on

I can’t believe that it’s been a year since Baby D was born!! How time flies.

I am expecting in January, too! I wish you a smooth and joyful pregnancy. We look forward to more of your posts.

Marky on

Jennie is a tremendous athlete and has a precious family. Her boys are named names that are special to them, as it should be, and for others to be critical is just irritating, as well as rude.

Several of the bloggers have said they do read these blogs and have frequently felt shocked and hurt when reading hateful, ugly blogs with people insulting their children’s names. Do all manners and courtesies just leave your heads when you get in front of the computer?

How unbelievable to think you should be ugly about another person’s choice of name for their child(ren)! Jennie has accomplished a great deal in sports, has a great attitude, and deserves better treatment from other women. Wow, some of you should really be embarrassed!

ktislandgirl on

Hmmm what exactly do you constitute as normal? I find both names wonderful, different and unique. Think you before you post or just don’t write anything mean at all. Do you find my name odd? Before you answer look up its meaning….and don’t judge.

Jennie I am a fan and I wish all the luck in the world..maybe it will be a girl!!!

Tanya on

Wow! Congrats to Jennie and her 3 guys! All of you are needs in a little girl. ;)

Alissa on

Congrats on your third baby…maybe it will be a boy! I have 3 boys, so I’m partial. Either way, the third baby will be a joy and add a new dynamic to your family! Love the names of your sons! Honestly you could’ve named them Frick and Frack, and I would’ve thought that was great= if you love it for your kids, then I love it! I feel sad for people who name their kids something that has no real meaning for them, the parents that is.

Best wishes for this pregnancy and thanks for blogging again- we all missed you!

chels on

I can’t believe she was playing softball last year 2 weeks after her baby was born.

Sara on

I think Jennie is one of the most beautiful woman I have ever seen! Beautiful family, too … congrats!

mamasetfree on

I love her – she’s been my role model ever since I was a pitcher in high school. I’m now a mama to a beautiful son and I still look up to her. I think the names are great, too – congrats, Jennie on baby number 3!

Jen on

Congrats to this beautiful family. God bless them.

Swayla on

Jennie, You’re awesome!!! I like the different names, my children have such as well, Allynn (girl-fastpitch pitcher, 15) and Asa (boy-computer genuis, 13). Keep doing what you do!!!!!

mamasetfree on

I have loved Jennie since I grew up pitching fastpitch in high school. She was a great role model, and now that I am a mama with a son of my own, she is still a great role model for me. I personally love her son’s names. Congrats on #3, Jennie!

Shea on

Was it a good idea to play the game after finding out she was pregnant?

robinepowell on

Jennie, here’s hoping you have a girl this time. ;)

Seriously on

Just because she found out she is expecting doesn’t mean she can’t do anything. Give me a break.

Shannon on

Mothers, do not let fathers name the children!

neebo on

I couldn’t agree more! Jennie is a class act and a wonderful role model…Hope Solo could def learn a thing or two from her.

shannon on

Hey Jennie!!!! CONGRATS and Best Wishes :) So Proud of and excited for you. Shannon Black Kiim FM Tucson, AZ

Meredith on

Congrats jennie and the rest of the family. I hope she finally has a girl, that way she can take after her awesome mom. :)

Tobi on

Congratulations! hopefully you will get your Softball player this pregnacy.You are a Awsome role modle for our girls. my Daughter want to be just like you Pitch and play 1st base. I hope her Dreams come true, we actuly been to one of your camps in MV Califorina it was very nice thank you keep the great work.

aleshamom4 on

I was just thinking how much I miss softball @ Olympics:):) plus I love her, saw her commercial, missed All-Star game due to daughter & My health..Congrats on upcoming baby, health of you & family!! Serious, be nice, or zip it, peeps, her names, her choices..which are unique & adorable btw..there are other things to waste energy on..massacres, handguns in the wrong hands, national debt, world peace, health insurance..get a grip..

Katie on

Congrats. Is it me, or are more people having 3 or more kids these days?

NW Mama on

Congrats Jennie on baby # 3 on the way. You have 2 beautiful boys with wonderful names. (my daughter’s nickname in fastpitch was Diesel, so I’m a little bias) It is great to hear about your life after softball and that you still find the time to play as well. You are such a talented athlete/parent to do all that you do, and now a new blessing is on the way, all the best to you and your growing family!

Lesley on

Diesel Daigle is by far the most hideous name I have ever heard. and I am fan of unique names. Vomit.

Marky on

Lesley, I hardly ever say anything remotely like this, but if you have children, I hope everyone hates their names and tells you so on a daily basis. If you don’t, I hope the nurses, the midwife, or whoever is unlucky enough to have to assist your delivery, breaks out laughing, and lets you know how stupid your name choice is.

Maybe it would have been better if Jennie had used whatever the “latest” name is. I remember when Theresa Lynn was a new name, and 4 out of 5 baby girls born one afternoon were named…..Theresa Lynn. We had one baby girl named Tonagae, who was gorgeous with thick, luxurious brown hair and to this day I remember her.

Why do any women get on this site and criticize someone else’s choice for their child?? And Don’t give me that crap about “it’s my opinion”; it’s more than that; it’s rude and cruel, and the bloggers read these posts, so it often hurts their feelings.

Barb on

Isn’t Diesel a German name? I don’t think they named their son after a petroleum product.lol I have heard it before,

Shannon on

Diesel Daigle? Reminds me of Willie Winkle.

Andi on

CONGRATS on #3!!! I too am expecting my 3rd child (and 3rd daughter). Will you find out what you are having? Children are such a blessing and the more the merrier!!! Keep those awesome names coming!!!! :)

Ronda Reed on

Congratulations! Maybe a sister will come this time–we will wait and see! Good Luck!

A on

Congrats!!!! Both of your sons are adorable!!! Can’t wait to see if it’s another boy or a little girl!!!

ace on

thank God they’re not your children leslie vomit !!!

Lola on

Although I miss watching you play in London, you have gorgeous boys & you still remain just as beautiful! Congrats on baby #3 Jennie, you deserve all the happiness!

TG on

Very much a fan of Jennie! What a positive person with a fantastic outlook on life. I look forward to reading more about her and her family. Also, I love the names, they are different and not traditional but I think that is great! I’m sure the names fit them very well :)

God Bless you & your beautiful family Jennie!

isabella on

congrats u have always been a role model to me and i cant wait to see baby#3 and Andrea jennie should not be ashamed of having a 3rd child.

Rachael on

Can you let us know if it’s a girl or boy? I love finding that stuff out. lol

Laura on

My baby boy was born June 23, 2011 right around Jenny’s 2nd and I’m expecting another baby boy in early February right around Jenny! Congrats to an adorable family!

April Vest on

Congrads! You are a champion on and off the field! I have always admired what a positive role model you are for young girls.

Catie on

First, my husband absolutely LOVES you! He says you are the best pitcher and best looking softball player of all time! Second, Congratulations on the pregnancy! How wonderful and exciting! We have 3 girls (our middle who is 7 plays softball and has been playing ball since age 3!). I wish you much luck with your pregnancy! Looking forward for more blogs with updates. Always love reading them.

Mommy M on

Jennie,
Congrats! If it’s another boy, may I suggest the name Maverick. It sounds so cool with Ace and Diesel!!!!

Anonymous on

Bet people said something like, “Can you believe the name that Presley family gave their little boy? Elvis…what a stupid name!”

Mommy M on

Okay Jennie, so I just read it’s a girl. I still like Maverick, but how about Trinity since she’ll be the third? Whatever the name, I hope it’s unique as your boys’. I love both their names!

Jess on

Hope it’s a girl.

Jessica on

Congratulations!!! I look up to you so much I wanna be able to play softball for the US team you really do inspire me Jennie Finch!!

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