Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Claire turns 10 months old!

OK… I am madly in love with this little giggle bug.
She is a mover and a go-er these days.
Since Father's day (June 15th) she takes 4 or 5 steps on her own.
Runs along the furniture all day long. Loves her dad to chase her.
She now says GO. (Which is cute.)
Laughs when you laugh.
Still sleeps like a champ, and naps twice a day. (Keep my fingers crossed.)

Weighs about 23 lbs
has 4 teeth on the bottom (almost 5) and 4 on the top.
wearing 18 mo, 24 mo and a few 2T----> stop getting so big.

She also LOVES, LOVES to be outside. She isn't too sure what to do on the grass… which is funny. But she is always happy outside.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014


This little girl turns 9 months old TODAY!

I have been taking pictures on the month mark of little Claire and I usually take the time to pull out my real camera. (Sad that we don't pull it out very often these days.) However it is packed away and in storage. (We are in transition in our move from STG to Orem.)
So, pictures from my cell phone it is. 
She is so wiggly these days, and leads to often pictures are a little blurry.

She wasn't too sure about sitting on this bench.

This was on our evening walk along the provo river trail.

At her new doctors office; where aunt Brenda is her nurse.

I have her stats someplace…
but they got placed somewhere in the moving and I can't find them.
(Will have to update when they turn up.)

Basically she is 98% overall.
About 22 lbs.
wearing 18-24 mo old clothes.
Has 3 teeth on the bottom, and 2 almost 3 on the top. 
Likes to bite your legs so watch out. Ouch!

Loves to walk along furniture, look at herself in the mirror. 
Has found the TP, so we have to remember to keep the bathroom doors closed.
Is handling the hotel living just fine. 

Love you baby Claire Giulianna. 
I just can't get enough of you.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Claire 8 mo Old!

Seriously where does the time go!
Claire Giulianna is already 8 mo.

  • Things little Claire is up to these days include…
  • Chattering up a storm. The last month she has learned to say Papa, Dada, Mama… but now she refers to me as Bob more than Mom. LOL; baba, etc…
  • She walks from couch to couch and once and awhile I catch her standing on her own.
  • She is really good at arching her back when she doesn't want to be put on the floor, or when doing diaper duty. 
  • She is loving people more these days, but keeps a close eye out for her parents doesn't want them to leave her with them. ;)
  • LOVES to be outside, and so we went out to take these pictures. Only problem was she was too interested in the trees and kids to look at me. Still got a lot of cute pics. 
  • Wears clothing size 12-18 mo. She is so big!
  • She loves to give juicy kisses
  • Naps well, sleeps well, and eats good too.
  • Loves guacamole, or anything avocado. She likes applesauce, and sweet potatoes. 

I love this look of excitement and discovery.

Lots of chewing on fingers. Maybe more teeth will be coming soon…?

Thought it would be cute to get her standing… since she loves to crawl and stand up on things.
It was a good idea… until she licked the rock. oops.

Sure do love this little Claire, Claire.
She melts our hearts daily.

We have loved the warm spring weather that St. George has given us. 
It's our last few weeks here. We move up north to Orem area May 10th. for Cruz's new job. Excited to be near family and old friends. But will miss the nice weather and our new friends we have met down here. Thanks STG for being so good to us. We have had many fun and exciting adventures while we have lived here. . . #1 bringing little Claire into the world!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Claire is 7 months old

Claire Giulianna Marcano
March 28th, 2014
7 months old. 

 This little girlly turned 7 mo old on March 28th, 2014.
She is crawling all over the place.
She is starting to climb up on things.
She can drink from a sippy cup.
Likes all baby foods, especially peaches.
Will laugh when she hears others laugh… even if it's from the TV.
She loves to watch "Let it Go" song from Disney's Frozen.
She can feed herself little puff cereal.
Wearing 9 mo old clothes. 
Is trying to talk, and says "PAPA" which is spanish for Dad.  (03.30.2014) Though she just kind of whispers it. 
She finds crawling under Mom's desk or chair more fun than playing with toys.
She has both her Mom and Dad wrapped around her little finger.

Love this little one!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Claire… Six months, half a year…

Claire is 6 months old!
What? How did that Happen? 
I feel like she has been with us forever, and at the same time shocked that it's been 6 months… half a year already!!! WOW.

She is happy.
Laughs all the time.

18 lbs and 15 oz (95%)
27.8 inches long (99%)
head is 44 cm. (Not sure %)

Big beautiful, healthy baby girl.
Two little front teeth.
Sits completely on her own.
Crawls (Backwards).
Wearing 6-9 mo old clothes.

She screamed the entire time we were at the doctors. She doesn't like strangers much.

We took her on her 1st Vacation the day after her 6 mo. mark. She did great, loved the strangers which was surprising to us… because she will cry her little head off the entire time when we leave her with a baby-sitter. She loved grandmas and grandpas all her cousins and little friends she met. We were thrilled to have a happy little baby on our grand adventure.

Baby Claire Giulianna we are madly in love with you.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Claire 5 mo old!

Little Claire Claire turned 5 mo old January 28th, 2014
Claire is growing so fast. I can't get enough of her cuteness. She has began chewing on EVERYTHING! The top left picture is SO her right now. I find her irresistibly cute.

I can't find the post-it where I wrote down her stats. :(
But we do know she is cuter than ever!

She loves to be on her tummy, and roll around. 
Claire started sitting up on her very own at 5 months and one week.

She is wearing 6  mo old clothes.

Love every minute!!

Monday, January 6, 2014

4 months and Christmas


Little adorable Claire turned 4 mo old on December 28th 2014

Weight: 15 lbs 8 oz (90%) 

Height: 26.3 inches (95%)

Head: 42.2 cm (75%)

wearing 3-6 mo old clothes. 

Dear little c…
We are loving this new stage of your life!
You have started rolling over.
You laugh all the time. Especially with Dad. You sure think he is funny!
You put your toes in your mouth. 
You are super chubby, and super cute.


This was our Christmas card that we sent out this year.
Oh, we think you are so adorable! Thank you for being such a fun and happy baby.


We had such a fun time with you on Christmas!
You were getting over a cold, so we tried to not take you out in the freezing cold too much.
We were up North for Christmas visiting Grandma and Grandpa Ashby plus the rest of the family.

 We went to the National History Museum with Alan and Emma.
Afterwards you stayed with Aunt Lisa while Dad (Cruz) and I went and did some shopping.
Emma and Alan built a snow man. It was really cute.

 Christmas Eve, with the family!

 You had lots of visitors…
It was great to see some of my cousins too…
Some of the Gull Girls came by, and Melanie's little Girl Ellie was so excited to see you.
You however, were ready for a nap.
Amanda also stopped by which was fun, I had not seen her in awhile.
Candace was excited to hold and play with you. Also cousin David tried feeding you a bottle on Christmas day… until you slobbered some of it out… he thought it was gross. (Too funny!)
You were loved by aunts, uncles, grandparents, friends and pretty much all. :)

You had so many wonderful gifts from family and Santa… you got lots of new toys!
We were so happy to have you around this Christmas! Last Christmas we had just found out you were coming. What a difference a year makes!
Little c, we love, love you.

Merry Christmas little 4 mo. old.
Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.


Monday, December 2, 2013

3 mo: Cutest Little Turkey

Claire turned 3 months old on November 28th, 2013 

Weight: About 13.2 lbs… 
(This is "About" because we didn't have a check up at the doctors this month. 
I weighed myself on the bathroom scale and then weighed me holding her… this was the difference.)

Height: 24.75 inches 

We sure do love this little turkey.She is getting so big… growing out of her 0-3mo. clothes and on to the 3-6mo old stuff.So, weird to think how much bigger she is getting… and so fast.She is still full of smiles. Especially for Dad-O.
I love this picture of Claire… She and her Dad-o were having a little Thanksgiving chat!
She is now wanting to sit up, even though she has to be propped up by pillows.
Love it when she will laugh at us. Doesn't happen all that often but when it does, it is so cute.
She is grabbing at things, and is starting to want to play with toys and such.
Such a fun stage of baby life.

Couldn't have asked for a better thanksgiving!
We are so thankful that this little turkey joined our family this year.
Love you Claire, Claire. 

Friday, November 1, 2013

2 months already and Halloween

Claire turned 2 months old on October 28th, 2013. 
Just a few days before Halloween.
This picture was taken on Halloween day. Claire dressed up as a ballerina. 

Weight: 10 lbs 15.4 oz (50%) 

Height: 24.5 inches (50%)

Head: 39.4 cm (50%)

This was taken just a week before her two month check up.
Doesn't she make a cute little pumpkin.

Claire is all about cooing and smiles right now. We are loving it. 
There is something about that interaction you have that just melts our hearts. If someone else is holding you and you hear mommy or daddy-os voice you start to look for us. 
Clare, you love to "talk" and slobber. I could listen to you coo and squeak all day. It is adorable.
If mommy or daddy-o talk to you we can almost always get a big fat smile out of you. 

Still a good eater, and sleeper. Seems like you are eating non stop sometimes, we are still nursing, but also do a bottle from time to time… since my milk doesn't seem to fill you up. There is no question when you are hungry you let us know, it is really the only time you cry. You have always been a good sleeper, pretty much from day one. You sleep really well during the night, usually from 10:30 or 11:00 pm until 6:30 am. I am so glad you like to sleep, because I like it too. You also take good naps in your little bouncer during the day while I work. You also LOVE to be cuddled. Sometimes you are sleepy, but just can fall asleep for a little nap… so we scoop you up and cuddle you tight it is just minutes before you are snoozing away. Often I see that you are smiling during your naps, It makes me wonder what you are dreaming about.

Now that you are a little older we have been going out and about just a little. We make sure that you are fed before we leave the house, and try not to be gone too long. You love the car, and don't really like it when we have to stop for a light or stop sign. Our first full sunday back at church you were loved by our sweet little primary class, and you were a trooper to let them all peak and poke at you. Since it's just Mom and Dad at home you aren't quite sure when we take you to a place where there are lots of people. I think you like our quite little home. 
We are sure in love with you little c.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Little C's Stats: birth to one month!

I can't believe how quick the last month has gone...

Little C is already 
one month old!
She seems pretty happy about it.
This picture was taken literally minutes after the one month mark. (Sept. 30th 9:24 pm)
Here are her one month stats:

Weight: 9 lbs 0.4 oz (50%) 
(almost the same as at birth)

Height: 22.5 inches (90%)

Head: 38 cm (75%)

She is getting more and more active everyday. She has a big happy smile, and loves to show it to us after eating usually. Dad can usually get one out of her in the evening. 
Doctor says she needs to be gaining a little more weight, so we are adding some formula during the day. She eats really good, so we were a little surprised by that, but she does prefer sleep over eating. 

♥ ♥ 

These were her stats at 2 weeks:
Picture taken at two weeks... also this was her birth announcement.
at  2 weeks:
Weight: 8 lbs 10 oz (75%) 

Height: 21.25 inches (75%)

Head: 37.5 cm (90%)

♥ ♥ 

and for fun... this picture was take at day 2 at the hospital.
The hospital has a photographer come around... this was one of the pictures.
Such chubby little cheeks.

She looks so different now. 
They change so fast.
This dress was made by Grandma Marcano...
still a little big, but we thought it would be fun to have her picture taken in it. 
at  birth:
Weight: 9 lbs 4 oz (75%) 

Height: 21 inches (75%)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Welcome to the World...

I have to say that I feel lucky and very blessed because I had a really good easy going pregnancy. I must say that the last 4 weeks were really hard, and I was so ready to be done being pregnant!!!

After two false alarms and going to the hospital and returning home after a hour or so... I was happy to return on August 28th for a scheduled induction. I was hoping Baby C would come on her own... but she was happy just hanging out right where she'd been for the last 41 weeks.

Here is "the story" of how it all went... (FYI... it's LONG! Feel free to just look at the pics.)

August 28th just before 8 am, I called the hospital to see when they wanted me to come in. I thought that they would have called me much earlier but I guess they had a busy night. So they told me to come about 9 am. So, we got ready and I ate a very light breakfast; a banana and a glass of milk. Once we were all set to go we all got into the car and drove to the hospital. (Cruz's Parents were in town just for this occasion... and they came with us.) We got checked in, and they said it would be a little before they could get me going, but to change into the hospital gown etc... and get ready. So I did. About 10 am I was hooked up and waiting for the pitocin to do it's thing.

Not long after I was starting to feel the contractions. Ouch. I was dilated when I arrived at the hospital to a 3+ and by lunch I was at a 5. Cruz and his parents had lunch; Cafe Rio. Drool, it smelled so good.  I wanted a bite, but I wasn't allowed to eat real food. I had a popsicle, and some broth. I had decided to get an epidural. I was super nervous about it, because my SIL had permanent nerve damage from hers. The anesthesiologist came in, and introduced himself and got to work. Right as he was putting the needle in his phone range, and it was this ghost sounding ring tone... very halloween... and it totally creeped me out... and made me think "Oh, no what is that sound... does it mean he messed it up?" LOL. He'd told me "Sorry, that is my phone" but somehow I missed the ghost sound was the phone. Now, it sounds funny... but at the time it made me even more nervous.

Once the epidural was going life was good. WOW! I hadn't felt that good for at least a month. I had no pain, and was feeling great. And that is pretty much how the entire rest of the day went... the doctor would come check to see how my progress was going... and we were moving along quite well, until about 6 pm to 9 pm and we hit a road block. The baby was trying to make it's way out... but my hips were not opening large enough for her. So, since I was past the maximum amount of pitocin level they said that we needed to have a C-Section. I knew that this was something that they were considering since the baby in the last few weeks of pregnancy had been measuring quite large, and yet wasn't engaging for labor. I felt fine about having a c-section, and knew if it was best for the baby then it was the thing to do. Though I did feel a little sad, and wasn't really looking forward to the recovery part... but such was life.

We texted all my family, and just like that I was in the operating room ready to have my baby. Seriously, it all happened so fast. It was crazy. I was already numb, and they gave me some other meds and I was set to go. Cruz was right there at my side, well... my head actually. ;) Once he got in the room it was just minutes until we heard our sweet baby Claire cry for the 1st time. What a great set of lungs she has. That cry was so amazing, and made me cry right along with her. I wanted to see her so much! Cruz went with the baby and they got me all sewed up... which felt like it took forever. They did hold the baby near me so I could see, but all I wanted to do was hold her...

Then they wheeled me back to my room, and I got to hold Claire for the first time. 9 pounds and 4 ounces of pure joy, happiness and complete LOVE. She was so cute, and chubby. She had cubby cheeks and on the top of head she had hair, but she also has these few really long hairs and they kind of stuck up like tweety-birds hair, she was here... our baby! I got to feed her right away, and she was a good little eater. It was a perfect ending to a long day, It was amazing to see her and hold her... really there are no words to describe it.

They then took us to a different room for the night. The ride to the room was kind of like bumper cars. I think we hit all doorways and anything else we could... not too fun after a c-section. Once in our room we did as we were instructed hurry and order some dinner before the kitchen is closed. 
Once our food came, I found out that they didn't want me to eat yet. :( Sad news for me, since I was hungry and had a hot tray of food next to me. They said that it could make me sick, so they brought me a red jello. I must say jello never tasted so good. 
It was mid-night, and we got all settled and then we went to bed.
I couldn't sleep, odd because I was so exhausted. 
Both baby and Cruz were fast asleep. I could not be happier.


The next day my parents came to visit, they were able to stay for a week.
We were so happy to have them come.
It was my Mom's birthday. (Thursday, Aug. 29th) 
Happy birthday to you... here is a new granddaughter for your birthday gift.
(Don't expect a gift like that every year.)

It was so nice to have my parents down. I missed my family. Thankful for all of the well wishes via text, phone, and Facebook. We felt love from all over the world actually!

We were told that we could go home from the hospital on Friday, Aug 30th.
Sounded lovely to me. As long as the doctor said everything was good, I could plan to go.
We had a wonderful hospital stay. The labor and delivery nurses and staff were all wonderful.
We had no complaints except for the lactation specialist, she was annoying. Plus she fell on top of my stomach, while holding baby Claire. For some reason even though it hurt when she fell, I really only had a mad feeling towards her, and just wanted her to get out of my room and never come back. 
She said "I am so sorry, I am going to feel bad about this all day."
to which I thought to myself... "YOU, are going to feel bad all day... uh, I am the one you fell on; I WILL BE THE ONE HURTING extra because of it... not you. Plus you fell while holding my newborn baby... she could have got hurt..." I wanted to just say "GET OUT OF HERE" because after we got reconfigured, she wanted to continue to help me nurse Claire. She finally noticed that I was in pain, and asked... "Oh, did you have a C-section?" UH, YES!!... and you just smashed me. I guess this anger feeling was partly due to all the hormones, but wow... I was really mad at her. 

Anyway... all of that lead to lots of visits from hospital people, making sure I was really ok. The doctor said I was ok, I could have had some bruising because of it... but we didn't notice any in the following days. They gave me my pain meds a half hour early, and before we went home we had visits from nurses, doctors, and even upper management. I guess they were just making sure we were not going to take legal action or something. I just wanted to go home by that point. Though they did give us some nice freebees to take home with us after that. The rest of the hospital stay was really a blur. I just loved holding my little baby girl, and that was really all I cared about. 

Friday, came and I finally got to take a little shower. It seriously never felt so good. 
Not long after that Cruz got the car, and we went on our way...
baby c in the carseat, she looked so tiny... and off to our home.
It felt so good to be home.
It was our 5th wedding anniversary!
Love you husband-o.
Thanks for making a beautiful baby with me. 
Love you more than ever.
The next few days, Cruz was such a huge help. A whole new part of our relationship...
we are a Mom and Dad now. (Crazy!)

Baby Claire, we are madly in love with you.
You are a good little sleeper, and most of the time you are a good eater...
if we let you get cranky before we feed you it's a lot harder... so we try to make sure we get you eating before you have a melt down. You almost always fall asleep while eating, and we have to keep waking you up. While you are a "BIG" baby, you still wear newborn clothes, and diapers even at 3 weeks old. We put socks on you every time we look at you because you kick them off after about 10 seconds. You have beautiful little eyes, and your daddy can not wait to see what color they are. So far they are looking brown but sometimes they do look greenish. In the sunlight you have some copper tones in your hair, and both grandparents say hints of red.
We adore every inch of you. We are excited for every moment... and are so happy to be your parents.
Love you baby c.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

July 2013: My Parents visit STG

We had been trying to plan a good time for my Parents to come and visit St. George all spring... 
Well, they made it in the middle of the heat of the summer. We were so glad they came, and actually they brought some cooler temperatures with them. We showed them the sights of St. George... Dixie Rock, Tabernacle, Temple... all the main things!

The temple looked fantastic with the clouds that were rolling in.

My Dad wanted to visit Pine Valley. I had never even heard of Pine Valley. What a beautiful little, little town. Plus since the elevation is a lot higher, the temps were awesome to be walking around and seeing the sights. 

We got to see the Pine Valley Chapel, which was built in 1868, and is constructed like a upside down ship. Built by a past ship builder. ;) Good little history lesson by visiting there.
Randomly it was PINE VALLEY DAYS while we were there.
They had a little festival set up in the town square. Where the locals were doing musical programs, and selling handmade crafts.

I think this is the only restaurant in the town... but it was delicious!
We also to a little journey to the lake. What a beautiful place. We need to come back and do a little hike, and maybe a picnic at the lake... so pretty.

 Of course we had to visit Zion's National Park. Always beautiful.

Good times with the parents!
So glad they could come before the baby gets here... so we could show them around.
They enjoyed the pool and hot tub. ;)
Next time they visit will be when the baby comes.
Hopefully will be soon. Baby's due date is tomorrow (Aug. 21st). But according to my Dr. Apt. today doesn't look like she is ready to get out anytime soon.