Olympian Jennie Finch on Expecting Her First Girl: "We Couldn't Be More Excited!"Shana Aborn
Jennie Finch is adding a new member to her own family team!
The retired women’s softball star, who pitched Team USA to gold in the 2004 Olympics and silver in ’08, announced back in July that she was expecting her third child. Not long ago, she and husband Casey Daigle learned that their new arrival will be a baby sister for sons Ace Shane and Diesel Dean.
“We couldn’t be more excited about our baby girl coming in January,” Jennie tells Famecrawler. She doesn’t even mind adding to the normal kid-chaos in their home. “It can be crazy at times with just our two boys,” she says. “It’s so much fun and never a dull moment around our house.”
At just one year old, Diesel doesn’t really understand that he’s about to become a big brother, but six-year-old Ace is a pro at the job. “Ace is such a terrific big brother to Diesel,” says the mom-to-be. “There is about five years’ difference [in age] so Ace is a big help, too. Diesel can’t get enough of his big ‘Bubba.’ It melts my heart to see the love they share. They, too, have their moments, but mostly good ones!”
When Ace first learned about the new sibling, he was hoping for a second brother, “but when he found out we were having a girl, he was thrilled,” says Jennie. “It was so sweet!”
Chances are, though, that little Miss Daigle won’t be the ruffles-and-hairbows type. With a mom who’s considered the most famous softball player in history (and who grew up with two brothers herself), “I’m pretty sure she’ll end up a tomboy like her mommy,” Jennie says.
She won’t be a couch potato, either.
“We definitely will have our kids involved in sports, especially team sports to start,” Jennie explains. “We want them to have fun and be active. Casey [a pitcher formerly with the Diamondbacks and Astros] and I have learned many great life lessons through sports, and want all three of our kids to experience that.”
Retired since 2010 – “It was by no means an easy decision, but it was time” – Jennie now provides color analysis for ESPN as well as participating in various charity events. “[Recently] Casey and I brought the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team to our town of Sulphur, Louisiana,” she says. “It was such a special event; the community and the WWAST were so inspiring. We hope to continue and help out whenever we can.”
The International Olympic Committee chose to drop softball from the Games after 2008, a decision Jennie calls “devastating.” She’s campaigning hard to reinstate it by 2020. “There are so many [countries] that just finally were able to start developing their softball programs,” she says. “We will work hard and do all we can to bring it back to the Olympic Games where it belongs.” In the meantime, she enjoyed watching the London Games, especially the gold-medal-winning U.S. women’s beach volleyball, basketball and soccer teams.
Of course, the Daigles’ first priority is their sons and the daughter on the way. Do they consider their family complete now? “I don’t think I can say yet until she comes,” Jennie hedges. “Casey thinks we will be done – but as my friends say, it is really his decision anyway! We are so grateful for our family; we’ll see what the Lord has in store for us in the future.”
A golden girl indeed!
[Photo: via PacificCoastNews]
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