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Gwen Stefani wishes Blake Shelton happy birthday with childhood pics

To mark Blake Shelton's 40th birthday Saturday, Gwen Stefani introduced the world to a new side of the country star: Baby Blake!

In a birthday message to her beau, Stefani shared not one but two throwback photos of her fellow "The Voice" coach.

Hashtag superbabe! And three somewhat mystifying emojis: a cow, a bee and a sunflower. We're going to guess this is either an inside joke for the couple, who confirmed their relationship in November of last year, or a reference to Shelton's country roots. But as Stefani would say: "It's My Life." She can do what she wants.

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Shelton responded with an endearingly self-congratulatory thank you, writing on Twitter, "Now this is how you start your 40's." Followed by approximately one million exclamation points, also known as proof that he is still young at heart.

Stefani wasn't done though. She whipped out a her second throwback on Instagram:

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Baby Blake! Look at you cheesin'! We all know he's thinking, "One day, I will grow up and find me a gracious, talented woman who seemingly doesn't age and is beloved by the entire entertainment community and beyond."

And just look at you now. Happy birthday, Shelton ... and well played, Stefani!

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