April 19, 2011 09:00 AM

Belly at 30 weeks! – 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.

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

Currently 30 weeks along, Finch writes about the family’s latest move — to Fresno, Calif. this time — connecting with new moms in the area, and pitching while pregnant!

We so greatly enjoyed our spring training time in Arizona! It flew by. We saw friends, had softball clinics, visited my old stomping grounds at the University of Arizona, went to games, played, and did a TON of swimming because that was Ace’s favorite thing.

Baby Daigle is super active. We’ve had fun as a family watching my belly shift from side to side. I’ve been able to feel his arms, legs and head. It’s just a sweet, sweet miracle. Casey’s not quite sure how he feels about the moving. He’d rather just look from a distance. I wonder how many other women’s husbands felt the same way? Kind of weirded out by their wife’s belly moving around…

Heartburn and my allergies are constant these days. Tissues and Tums are always on my bedside. I keep telling myself those are small prices to pay for a miracle like this!

I had a blast getting out on the softball field the last few weekends in March. We went out to Bentonville, Arkansas for another Jennie Finch Softball Camp. It is our fourth time going out to Razorback Country and it gets better every time.

It’s such an amazing opportunity to inspire and encourage young women! We live in what seems to be a dark world at times and to see these girls having fun, being active, gaining confidence, learning to deal with adversity, overcome failure, and so much more, inspires me to keep doing it!

I have to say it took me a few days to recover from this one. I needed some serious rest. I’m not sure if it was the pitching and hitting demonstrations being 7 months pregnant, being on my feet all day or what, but it was so worth it! So grateful to be pitching, baby bump in the front. Every time I wonder if it’s the last pitch for a few months.

I’m at that part of my pregnancy, the beginning of the third trimester, when some of the changes to my body get to be a little uncomfortable. I’d forgotten from the first time around, but was reminded when I put on shorts for the first time and it prompted me to start doing walking lunges up and down the hall of our apartment building.

I panicked for a minute, but then laughed about it and realized it’s kind of crazy how much our bodies can change and kind of a miracle that they change back! Just working on taking good care of Baby Daigle in there and the rest will work itself out.

Our next stop is May 14 & 15 in Ardmore, Oklahoma. It’s our last JFSCamp before Baby Daigle’s arrival. I need to dig deep and find one more pitching demo within. I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to. Fingers crossed! I think a bigger problem is finding enough stretch in my USA Jersey to fit…

Pitching while pregnant! – Courtesy Jennie Finch

Like I said, spring training was so wonderful, but before we knew it, it was over. It’s the life of all but a few ballplayers to not know where you’ll be from one day to the next. Things can change just like that. As it turns out, Casey is starting the season with the San Francisco Giants’ AAA team, the Fresno Grizzlies, so we were excited to pack up our things and head to northern California.

Casey’s off to a great start for the season. He got his first win and save this week out of the bullpen. As a pitcher I have so much respect for the ‘pen. He and the other guys get to the ballpark hours and hours before the game with the rest of the team, but they have to wait and wait to perform. Sometimes it’s after 9 p.m. when they’re called to action. They sit there on the cold metal seats, shivering in their hooded sweatshirts. The craziest part is that they love it!

Casey loves it! He goes to the ballpark every day knowing there might be a chance he gets in and is able to contribute. Last night, there we were, Ace snuggled in, asleep on my shrinking lap, drooling on my shirt, and Casey was getting ready to go in at 10 p.m. and the temperature was in the 40s. My back and arm hurt just watching him!! But we’re both grateful that he can do what he loves.

We’re once again enjoying getting to know a new city and ball club. I’m even happier because there are lots of expecting mommies here with the team, and other kids for Ace to play with. We’re getting to share our belly and baby stories. It’s amazing to be able to share with other women going through the same things as a mom, and trying to do it in the uncertain world of baseball.

Away from family, always in new apartments, we share any info we have as far as keeping our kids on a schedule (even if it’s a very different schedule from other little kids. Their daddies play late and sleep late!), doctors in different cities, and how to pull off a mobile nursery. Women are incredible when it comes to sharing information. If anyone out there has any tips for us, please post them in the comments and I will share with all the other moms up here.

Ace is adjusting well to Fresno. He loves his new room. Lucky for us he’s used to this life! Living out of bags and sleeping in different beds is the norm for him. Finding fun spots for him helps me and Casey connect to new places, too. Parks, play places, indoor pools … it’s the first thing we look for.

Since I’ve partnered with Shout as their new celebrity stain expert, I’ve been talking about how important it is for kids to play (and for us to play with them!) as part of their Go Play initiative. The idea is that we shouldn’t worry about stains from paint or dirt or grass or whatever. Playing is the most important thing, and Shout’s there to clean up the mess.

I’m really happy about the campaign. There was a crazy day of shooting in Arizona that was tons of fun. I had to scramble for wardrobe because nothing I had fit. But what I really loved was that when we got together, they really took into consideration things that are important to me right down to using my number, 27, as part of the program.

They made me think about things I’ve learned and want to share — things I work on every day to keep me and my boys grounded as our family travels around the country. With the pace of our lives and baby number two on the way, I don’t get much time to sit and be thoughtful. It’s nice when work gives me an excuse to do it!

One of the best things in Fresno we’ve discovered is all the fresh produce in the Valley. I’m in heaven. It’s just what I’m craving — avocado, strawberries, citrus. Yum! Speaking of which, the little guy is butternut squash-sized these days. Right around 2 lbs. Ace was 8 lbs., 11 oz, so I’m preparing for lots more growth to come! Taking bets on whether or not baby #2 is going to be bigger.

We also think we’ve got a name picked out, but we’ll see. Although, I think since Ace is already using that name to refer to his baby brother, we’re probably locked in. I’m thinking we should have a contest to see if anyone can guess. I have to figure out what that prize would be, but stay tuned!

— Jennie Finch

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