July 4, 2009
6 lbs. 11.5 oz.
Considering Mom and Dad fell in love in Panama while filming Survivor: All-Stars
, married in the Bahamas and traveled around the world together twice on the Amazing Race
, it's no surprise that little Lucia Rose Mariano is at ease in multiple time zones. "It's funny," says reality TV veteran Rob Mariano, 34, soon to be seen on Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains
, the series' 20th season. "Lucia's 7 months old, and she's already been to Pittsburgh, Vegas, Boston and Atlanta! We're lucky she's so good on flights."
Before Amber, 31, won the $1 million prize on Survivor: All-Stars
in 2004, Rob, the first runner-up, proposed at the show's live finale. Since then the couple set up house in Pensacola, Fla., while Rob has tried his hand at professional poker. A baby wasn't in the cards at first: After a whirlwind on-air romance, "We wanted to enjoy each other for a little while before we added another person to our family," says Amber.
When it came time to pick a baby name, Amber once more had to outwit, outplay and outlast her husband. "I really liked Lucy, but Rob wasn't crazy about it," Amber says. "So I kept trying to find a name that was similar, and Rob said that he kind of liked Lucia, so ..." Once again, Amber won. "When she was born, I got a little teary-eyed," Rob recalls. Amber adds, "Then he looked at me and said, 'I think her name is Lucia.' And I started crying too."