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Jennie Finch, the former Olympic softball player, has become a mother for the third time over the weekend.
The athlete and her husband, Major League Baseball player Casey Daigle, announced the birth of their first daughter, Paisley Faye Daigle, early Saturday morning.
"We are so thrilled to announce the birth of our sweet bay girl," the couple told People magazine.
Moreover, Finch took to Twitter with her faith and joy for baby Paisley.
"Thank you Jesus," the athlete posted to her over one million followers. "So blessed to be bringing our bundle of joy to her big brothers!"
Finch also wrote, "Thank y'all for all the sweet words & love welcoming our baby girl! We Are Incredibly Touched! Out hearts are overflowing… thank you! XO"
The baby girl arrived at 8 pounds, 1 ounce. She will join older brothers Ace, 6, and Diesel, 18 months, at home.
Finch, who sometimes uses her husband's last name Daigle, helped earn the U.S. a gold medal during the 2004 Summer Olympics. Furthermore, the softball player earned a silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
The California native has also pitched for the U.S. national softball team and the Chicago Bandits.
Finch in Daigle married on Jan. 15, 2005 after Daigle proposed to his wife on the softball field at her alma mater, the University of Arizona.
In 2010, five years after marrying Daigle, Finch retired from softball in order to focus on her family.
"I just feel like it gets harder and harder every year with Ace getting older and time away from my husband and even family events such as birthdays and friends' weddings and things that I've always just missed out on because of softball," Finch explained at the time to the Associated Press.
"This whole career has been way more than I ever even imagined or dreamed," the athlete added. "The opportunities that I'd be able to enjoy and appreciate and be a part of, it's been incredible."
Finch co-authored a book in 2011 entitled "Throw Like A Girl: How to Dream Big and Believe in Yourself."