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    April 06, 2009

    We've MOVED locations!!!

    The Gigi Blog has MOVED locations! 


    Check out my new blog here: www.gigiphotography.com/blog 

    Come, visit, bookmark the new site and leave me some Blog Lovin'! I am going to leave this site up for a bit longer because I know there are a lot of PRECIOUS photos on here, but any new sneak peeks or giveaways and such will be hosted on the new Gigi Blog

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    April 04, 2009

    Sweet as {Sugar}

    This little sweetie has quite the story to tell. 


    Born VERY early - at only 25 weeks gestation in February of 2008, weighing only 1 lb.12 oz. - this beautiful little baby has fought HARD over the past year of her life. She has overcome major challenges, has battled health issues a baby should never have to worry over and she has become such a special, amazing one year old.

    Story and her fan-tab-ulous mommy (who also happens to be a very dear friend of mine) drove to Orangeville for some birthday photos of Miss Story. What an honour! 

    You can read about Story at her blog here.

    To Story, a VERY happy birthday. I am SO blessed to have watched you grow over the last year. You are the most amazing little baby I have *ever* met and I know your story has inspired hundreds of people in just the short past year you have been a part of our lives.



    You are SO loved! More pics to come but for now ...


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    April 02, 2009

    More auctions for {Project} La Tienda!

    Hey you. Yes, you. You there, sitting at your computer, drinking your coffee, eating your snacks. 

    Did you know there's a way you can help out {Project La Tienda} AND make yourself beautiful all at the same time? 

    Check it out!

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    And - guess what?! We may have a VERRRRY special guest join us that night so stay tuned to find out who!!!

    Speaking of La Tienda  ....

    Yippeee! The auctions are going GREAT! I'm so happy and soooo thrilled that you guys are supporting {Project} La Tienda. Thank you so much!
    In case you missed it, Tamara and I have a goal to go to the Dominican next month with 250 lbs. suitcases FULL of medical supplies, beads and art supplies annnd a cheque of $1,200 to help support the work and the missions of La Tienda. And we can only do that with the help of YOU!

    And with the help of these two LOVELY ladies who have offered to host the next two auctions. 

    First up - something for the book keepers and accountants this year! ;) (It's tax season! Maybe they could use a little rest .... )

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    Relax and rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit with a 90 minute soothing massage by Annette Vinke, R.M.T. in Orangeville, Ontario. Can I just say I have had several massages by Annette and woweee, she is amazing. You can't miss this chance to bid on this auction!

    Valued at $100, this 90 minutes massage is a fantastic gift for best friend, your mom or even yourself! 100% of the funds raised through this auction will go straight to supporting the work of La Tienda. (www.latienda.ca) 

    Over the past 10 years, Annette Vinke has become well known throughout Dufferin County for her amazing skill as a massage therapist. Check out her website for more details. The winning bidder should contact Annette by calling 519-942-9989 to book their appointment.


    To cast your bid for this fabulous auction item, click here!
    The bidding will end in 4 days on April 7th.


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    And the second auction item of the day is sooo darling and sooo cute! If you're like me, often times you want to throw your child a fabulously, cute darling birthday party. But sometimes, the time slips away from you, life gets busy and you are left scrambling to fill the goodie bags, find matching plates for the table, and come up with a creative craft. 

    Fret no more and bid on this auction - A Princess Party-in-a-box!


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    Perfect for your little birthday girl! All you have to do is provide the princess with this Princess Party-in-a-Box, courtesy of Evelyn's Special Event Decorating (www.esed.5u.com)

    This fabulously-girlie-party-in-a-box will make your party planning that much easier, designed for a party of 8 guests, including the birthday girl. 

    Valued at $100 , 100% of the proceeds of this auction will go to support the work of La Tienda. 

    Inside these pretty pink boxes, you will find: princess invitations princess cups princess napkins pink balloons pink streamers princess tiaras pink plastic plates butterfly craft 
    In the loot bags: headband/hair elastic set magic wand ring pop princess pen princess stamper.

     The winning bidder can contact Evelyn at epatterson65@hotmail.com to obtain their prize. The auction ends in four days so don't delay! Bids can be placed at the online auction found HERE.


    A big THANK YOU to Evelyn Patterson and Annette Vinke for being so generous with the time and talents! The ladies of La Tienda are going to be so blessed from all of your efforts! If you have something you would like to donate to this auction - which will run over the next 7 weeks - please contact me and let me know about it! I'd love to hear from you! My e-mail is gillian@gigiphotography.com 

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    March 31, 2009

    Canvas worthy ...

    Mmmmmm-mmmmmm.


    Canvases. They rock my world. I have three so far on my walls, but I am ready to order another one!

    Yummm. Look at these beautiful canvas prints I have waiting in my studio for clients to pick up ... yummmmmmy. 




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    This is a 20x24 size. Scrumptious, is it not?


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    The back of the canvas ... this is a gallery wrapped canvas. Fantastically ready to hang on the walls upon pickup from the studio.

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    and another - this beauty is a 16x20.
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    the side so you can see the wrap ...

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    Have you always wanted to order a canvas? Now is the time! I'm offering a 20% discount on my canvas prices from today (Tuesday) to Thursday only! E-mail if you have questions about ordering. The discount code is: CanvasSale
    (Simple works, no?)


    Also - we have THREE days left to bid on the cake auction from She Takes the Cake! The biding is HOT and I am SOOO proud of you all, helping support La Tienda! YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME! I can't wait to see who wins this beautiful, scrumptious cake! 
    You can bid on the auction HERE.  Stay tuned for MORE AWESOME auctions coming to this blog! Yahoo! I will be starting a new auction tomorrow - if you're stressed out, this auction is for you! ;) Curious?! 

    And the Show Gigi Some Love contest is heating up, as well! If you haven't cast your vote yet, you can see all their cute little faces here and vote for who you think should win! 
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    March 30, 2009

    Welcomed by a Mouse.

    Ahhhh, we made it home safely!


    After getting up at 3:30 and traveling all day long with five kids, two dads and two moms, we eventually arrived on Canadian soil. We're back from the sunny land of Florida and much to our dismay, it snowed this morning here in Orangeville! AUGHHH! Why did we come home?! Hmmm. Well, at least spring IS on it's way.

    How do I know? 

    Well, look who greeted us at our home today ... a spring baby. I was on my way upstairs this morning, carrying Sir Poop-a-Lot (Lucia) to change her bum, with two bouncy curious kids trailing behind me, not to mention an overly-hyper-dog who is still bouncing off the ceilings from our arrival home after being gone for three weeks and a very hungry, tempted cat ... and I looked down and nearly stepped on Little Miss Mousey. 

    I screamed. I panicked. I removed the cat. (We're low on cat food. I could just imagine what Jasper, the cat, was thinking when he saw what I saw.) I calmed the girls down, who were screaming because I screamed. Oops.

     And then I got a "cage" (vase) and my ... ahem ... camera.


    He's little. He's fuzzy. He's cute and he's OUTTA here (courtesy of my hubby - aka Macho Man, who I called as quickly as I captured this little guy. Or girl.)

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    She IS cute. We asked Daddy if we could keep her. 
    He said no. We all shed a few tears.

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    The girls - especially Lucia - loved our sweet mousey.
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    Doesn't she look like she could belong in our family?


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    Lyla studied her every move. I studied Lyla's every move. I wonder what Lyla wanted to do to the mouse? We will never know.
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    Fun times in the Gauthier home!

    Well, now that I am back, my head is just SPINNNNING with everything - I need to catch up on orders, sneak peeks, galleries AND there are a TON of amazingly-fun events happening for {Project} La Tienda. 

    First off, I have to announce my official assistant for this trip. It's now confirmed and I'm so excited! Her name is Tamara Perreira. Some of my blog readers may know her as she's well known around our little town of Orangeville.

    Here she is with her lovely, gorgeous family ... :)

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    Tamara, also a mom to three beautiful little kidlets, will be helping me transcribe details of each photos, she will be taking down information regarding each women I photograph or each situation. She will also help keep all the images organized and sorted for the next step of publishing the images. 

    I'm so thankful Tamara can join me! She's been on board with all of this since the beginning and she's already been such a great asset in planning events and getting the word out there about {Project} La Tienda.
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    Speaking of {Project} La Tienda, do you want to see the jewelry they make up close and personal?!?!?! 

    Then book this date on your computer: April 29th at 7:30

    Tamara and I are hosting La Tienda Jewelry Showcase on April, 29th at 7:30 at New Hope Community Church (the Salvation Army church here in town). Come, have a cup of coffee, snack on some treats from She Takes the Cake and browse through some items made by the ladies of La Tienda - all items are for sale and ALL money raised will go straight to La Tienda. 

    Here are some samples: 
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    We are also having a garage sale at the end of April, a luncheon this coming Sunday at New Hope Community Church ($5 per person - come out and have a great lunch with the church!)  and, of course, the weekly blog auctions here at the Gigi Blog to help raise money for La Tienda. My goal is to have 12 local businesses (or not so local) auction off a $100 item per business so I can take $1,200 straight to La Tienda and bless the socks off of Rachel and her ladies! What do you think? Want to help? Want to donate medicine? Want to donate money? Just e-mail me and I will fill you in details! 

    We STILL NEED LOTS OF medical supplies ... you can see the list here


    I will be posting all the details about the jewelry party and the garage sale here on the blog and on facebook but you can also check out our new facebook group for {Project} La Tienda HERE. Please join the group! We'd love your support!


    I'm so excited! This adventure has ben fabulous so far and you all have been so supportive! Thank you for helping us help them!







    5 comments so far...
    Stacey wrote: (03-30-2009 at 5:41pm)

    PS> Maybe it was actually Ratatouille!! I bet he's going to go back home to his mouse friends with big stories to tell!

    Stacey wrote: (03-30-2009 at 5:40pm)

    OMG .. I LOVE the little lady mouse or Mr. Mouse.. I guess we will never know. Those pictures are PRICELESS!!! Love the one with Lyla looking at her.. I love so much how your family's life story is captured in pictures.... I try to do the same thing over in this house.. but I need your artistic ability to make it much more perfect!!

    Brenda wrote: (03-30-2009 at 5:31pm)

    Gillian, the mouse is cute but remember that is a wild one, not Ratatouille!! LOL I am glad that Abby aka Macho removed the mouse. It was a good science lesson for the girls though. :D
    Happy about Tamara! That is exciting!! Wow, she has 3 children too! For some reason, I thought she was a teenager! LOL You two will make a great team!
    Looking forward to hearing all about the exciting adventures to come!
    Mom xo

    janet pereira wrote: (03-30-2009 at 2:50pm)

    OMG that little mouse is tooooo cute. I'd want to keep it too.

    Amanda Tyas wrote: (03-30-2009 at 2:20pm)

    That mouse IS cute! I used to have two pet mice.. (From a pet store though lol)

    March 27, 2009

    Have your cake and {eat} it too!

    Imagine this. 


    A homemade, scrumptiously-divine Belgian milk chocolate cheesecake, layered in fresh, sweet raspberries, drizzled with white chocolate. 

    Want one for your very own!? Read on!!!! 


    If you have been following this blog, you will know about my upcoming trip to the Dominican to help La Tienda. 

    There are some NEW details in this project that a VERY exciting!!  I am going to be hosting regularly scheduled online auctions here on the blog to raise money for the {Project} La Tienda. The auctions will feature various local businesses who will be auctioning off everything from a custom cake to a soothing massage!

    You must stay tuned to the blog to be a part of the auctions .... 

    And just to clarify -  ALL of the money raised will be going STRAIGHT to La Tienda - it will not be used to pay my airfare or my expenses on this trip or anything else. The money is going straight to help out the ladies of La Tienda - to help fix their truck, purchase supplies for their art co-op and help with any financial needs they may have. 

    If you want to help out La Tienda, these auctions are a great way to support this cause!
    And you didn't have to make it. How sweet is that?! 

    Now, on to the first auction for {Project La Tienda}! 

    This is your chance to have your cake and eat it too! 
    First up on the auctioning list is a custom designed, scrumptious cake by She Takes the Cake.  You have all probably hear me rant and rave about Leanne Button of She Takes the Cake. She has created several AMAZING-out-of-this-world cakes for my girls and I can literally and honestly say, she is the BEST cake maker out there! You can check out her facebook group here.
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    To place your bid for this auction of a custom-designed cake by She Takes the Cake, click here

    You will have to register your name (I know, it's a pain in the bahookie, but you can use your login to bid for any awesome upcoming auctions coming up from Gigi Photography!) and then you can place your bid.

    Don't forget that all the money is going to La Tienda - just think of the wonderful things that can be done with your dollars! Thank you for supporting the ladies of La Tienda and for helping Gigi Photography BLESS the socks off of these ladies! They can use all the help we can bring to them!

    The auction will end on April 4, 2009. 




    P.S. Don't forget to vote for the cutest baby in Show Gigi Some Love {Contest!}
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    March 25, 2009

    Babies for Show Gigi Some Love {Contest}!!


    Well, here they are! 

    The CUTIES of Show Gigi Some Love {Contest}!

    In case you missed the post about this, here's the deal. 

    Each baby needed to be between the ages of 6-10 months and their photos MUST have the word Gigi located somewhere in the photo. Participants could be as creative as they could be! 

    I was SUPPOSED to choose the top 3 babies, but how could I POSSIBLY choose the top three?! So I have chosen the top five. Hee hee! I'm a softie. What can I say?



    The baby that receives the most votes win. The winner will be chosen by YOU through voting on our poll (located below). The contest closes April 2, 2009 so all votes must be cast by then! 
    Send the link to this blog to ALL your relatives, all your friends and everyone you know to gather more votes!  (Only one vote per IP address.)


    The winner will receive a FREE session from Gigi Photography for their cutie pie! Yeahhhhh!

    Let the drumroll begin!!!!


    First up ... 

    Sweet Baby Jack:
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    Next is the cutie-pie Baby Jett:


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    And now we have this little sweetie - Baby Isabelle:



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    And, NOW, we have a special entry - TWINS!

    Baby Rylan & Baby Abigail:


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    and last but certainly not least, the adorable Baby Caleb:


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    Let the voting begin!!!! 

    6 comments so far...
    Tracey wrote: (03-31-2009 at 5:31pm)

    I think ALL the babies are beautiful!! They all rock!!

    Don wrote: (03-30-2009 at 9:09pm)

    Gotta like a kid with the guts to wear an AIG shirt.

    Chris Burke wrote: (03-30-2009 at 7:54pm)

    isabelle is by far the cutest baby here... i'm thinking baby caleb has a lot of friends, 200+ votes in 1 night.. votes are votes though, whether they are friends or not!

    still rooting for isabelle!!

    Anne Elderkin wrote: (03-28-2009 at 8:53pm)

    Who can resist Isabelle!

    Kaye wrote: (03-27-2009 at 8:15am)

    Baby Jack rules !!! listening on his I-pod !!! how cute is that. !!!

    March 23, 2009

    Trash the Dress Season!

    (If you are looking for information on the Show Gigi Some Love {Contest} scroll to the bottom!)

    Well, it's officially spring - and this means it's time to book your outdoor session with Gigi Photography! On the top of the list for bookings this year are Trash the Dress sessions!


    Say, what?! Trash the Dress?! What exactly IS that? Do you REALLY trash your wedding dress?

    Well, they say pictures tell a thousand words so take a look:








    Yes, these are all brides and their wedding dresses ...



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    Why just hang your wedding dress in the closet when you could have some fun with it!

    Trash the Dress sessions can be as creative as you are brave - it can involve water (as pictured above) or if you are not willing to get your dress wet, I have a TON of other options ...  the point of the session is obtain creative, beautiful images of you and your wedding dress - a keepsake for years to come - and a great alternative to your traditional wedding photos.

    So here's the deal. The first THREE brides to book with Gigi Photography for this year's Trash the Dress Sessions will receive a few goodies:

    - complimentary 5x7 of their choice from their session
    - along with a $10 off discount on the Angela Album - which holds 10 4x5 images of your choice


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    To book your Trash the Dress Session with Gigi Photography, e-mail me at gillian@gigiphotography.com



    P.S.  I have had a FLOOD of e-mails asking me to include a wider range in age for the Show Gigi Some Love {Contest}. So, because I LOVE you all so much and because, yeah, I'm a softie, I am expanding the age limit to 6-10 months - I hope that helps! 

    What can I say?! I aim to please! :D 


    I promise I will run another Show Gigi Some Love Contest for the younger ages in the future. 


    ALSO  ....

    Stay tuned for the following:

    ~ information on {Project} La Tiena Mini Sessions - a great way to support the La Tienda Women and get some awesome photos at a discounted price!
    ~ a tasty treat for YOU from She Takes the Cake! 

    STAY TUUUUNED! :D
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    March 19, 2009

    Show Gigi some Love {Contest}

    It's that time again! Time to show Gigi some LOOOOOOOOOOVE!

    This is for all your parents with babies out there and who would LOVE to have their baby's photos taken by Gigi Photography! ;)

    If you have a baby between the ages of 6 and 10 months, this contest is for you! The session will be booked in the months of May or June 2009. Your baby MUST be between 6 or 10 months of age at that time.

    All you have to do to enter the contest is:

    1) Grab your munchkin.
    2) Take a cute photo of your little one - BUT ONE CATCH -  you have to include the word Gigi somewhere in the photo
    3) E-mail it to me gillian@gigiphotography.com (all submissions must include permission for me to post the photo on the web/blog)
    4) Wait patiently while I go through all the submissions and choose the top baby faces for the contest which I will then post to the blog
    5) Once I post the pictures, tell all your friends to come to blog to vote for your sweet baby!!

    The baby who receives the most votes wins a full, complimentary session with Gigi Photography! Simple as that!

    The session will be shot in May or June of 2009. If you have questions, let me know. 

    Photos can be sent by e-mail only. The contest deadline is Tuesday, March 24th.  The voting will take place over a course of one week.

    And because no post is complete without an image, here is one from one of my FAVOURITE sessions last year ... sweet Miss Addie. 

    Proof 1


    Now go grab your camera and send me a photo because I KNOW your baby is TOO cute to pass up this offer!!!
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    Vanessa Breadner wrote: (03-24-2009 at 5:47pm)

    Darn, I know Max would've won, unfortunately he'll be about 13months old, but I look forward to seeing all the entries! Maybe you can have another contest after this one for babies 12months to 18months, just a thought!

    Amy wrote: (03-23-2009 at 7:49am)

    Darn, William will miss by a month.... Can't wait to see the pics though.

    Sherry wrote: (03-19-2009 at 12:09pm)

    I wish Nick & Avery were still that young...I have lots of ideas too! Good luck and I can't wait to see the pics!

    Kristi wrote: (03-19-2009 at 10:58am)

    I wish Piper was able to enter this contest...the ideas are already flying through my head!! I cannot wait to see the entries.
    Thanks for putting our sweet Addie on your blog again! I LOVE the pic you put up!

    March 17, 2009

    Bittersweet.

    We're still in Florida and we're still totally having a blast ... so much fun ... all the kids are absolutely loving it. :) 

    One thing I told my husband, who will be joining us for a five day visit in one week, is that he will notice a huge change in our youngest daughter, Lucia. Since our arrival, for some strange reason, she has GROWN up so fast. It breaks my heart! Why is she growing so fast?! Somebody slow time down!


    I don't know what happened, but Lucia, who turned one in January, has changed in the blink of an eye. Where did my baby go? She's now pitter-pattering around the house, following her sisters about, exploring cupboards and seeing life in a new light. Her hair even grow magically over night.

    It's very bittersweet. 

    The one saving grace, however, is that Lucia is STILL a momma's girl - she loves to cuddle with me, loves to be held and carried on the hip ...  she cries when I leave the room ... she still needs me and she still wants me. She's still my baby and thankfully, she will be one for at least half a year longer. (Who am I kidding?! It'll be a year before I let her give up that baby title.)


    "Like it or not, babies have a hold on your life like nothing else. 
    They can send you into a tizzy with their incessant bawling, 
    or they can tug at your heartstrings with their soft cooing. 
    A baby can make you forget your worries, 
    or add to them if she so desires. 
    However, you can't help falling in love with your baby ..."


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    This, by far, is my favourite image of Lucia in the past six months ... what a dolly .... 

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    Okay, it's also time to announce the winner of this week's blog contest, sponsored by SilverMe Pendants (you can find her site here) ... this giveaway introduced my blog readers to an amazing online store, featuring hand stamped necklaces just PERFECT for all the moms out there. 




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    Here's the one I ordered and have been wearing ever since I received it in the mail ... :) I LOVE it!
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    Okay .... so using a custom randon number generator:

    The winner is number 15: Angela Galashan


    Sterling Silver Hand Stamped Name Tag Necklace with Heart

    Congratulations, Angela! (Yes, Angela happens to be my amazing sister, but I have a witness here who can testify that I certainly DID use a random number generator and everything was done fairly for this contest! Trust me!) You will receive this beautiful necklace (pictured above) with your children's names engraved on the discs. Just e-mail Amanda and mention that you are the Gigi blog winner and she will hook you up!

    Be sure to check back later this week for the next giveaway!
    2 comments so far...
    Sonya wrote: (03-18-2009 at 4:41pm)

    Lucia looks so much older in the last two pictures! She has changed! Baby her as long as you can - I'm with you on that one!

    Kari wrote: (03-18-2009 at 6:07am)

    Oh my gosh Gillian! Lucia has grown up! there's a huge difference between her past pictures and now. and that last picture why! she looks like she's at least 2!