‘It’s Been a Wild Ride’

Larry and Dannielynn Birkhead

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Larry Birkhead is full of emotion as he celebrates his daughter’s 16th birthday.

On Wednesday, Birkhead shared a collage of photos featuring daughter Dannielynn in her younger years to commemorate the milestone birthday.

“Sixteen years ago my beautiful baby was born. That’s if you want to feel really old,” the proud dad joked.

“Many people thought the odds were stacked against you, but maybe that was geared more towards me than you. Through tragedy, turmoil and a couple of baby tantrums-today you shine bright and are so accomplished. So proud to be your Dad!”

Birkhead also shared a story about telling his daughter “what a great baby she was when she born.”

“She shot back in true Dannielynn style… ‘How do you know you weren’t even there?’ 😂 Ouch,” he shared. “I told her ‘maybe not, but I have been there every day since I brought you home.'”

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Concluding that “it’s been a wild ride,” Birkhead celebrated how “Dannielynn has brought joy and laughter to my life.”

“Stay off your local roads because Dannielynn is 16!” Birkhead joked at the caption’s end. “Happy Birthday ❤️ Rock on 🎸 Mom is looking down! 😇”

One of the photos included in the collage shows an infant Dannielynn being kissed by her late mother, Anna Nicole Smith, who died in 2007 when Dannielynn was just 5 months old.

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Last month, the father-daughter duo enjoyed a special moment when they attended a Janet Jackson concert in Cincinnati, Ohio, where the pair got to go back stage after the show to snap some photos and hang out with the singer herself.

“Heading out to Dannielynn’s second Janet Jackson concert (my millionth 😂) in Cincinnati as we sit here arguing which one of us is the bigger Janet fan. 😆 It’s going to be ‘Nasty’ outside in the 100 degrees weather, but we are looking forward to it. 🎶” Larry wrote alongside photos of him with his daughter before the concert.

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