Gerlene Gibson – the woman who has been helping care for Anna Nicole Smith’s daughter, Dannielynn Hope Marshall Stern – tells PEOPLE about the baby in a new interview, “She is doing fine. She is growing.”
Gibson, who estimates that the nearly 6-month-old Dannielynn weighs 10 to 12 lbs., says that when she looks in the child’s face she sees Smith looking back.
“Only thing I can see in her is Anna’s smile,” Gibson says. “She has her mother’s mouth and I think she has her mother’s eyes as well.”
Gibson, herself the mother of Shane Gibson (who stepped down as Bahamian Immigration Minister in February, after a photo was published of him and Anna Nicole hugging – fully clothed – in her bed), has been taking care of Dannielynn from the time the baby was six weeks old, and was the person watching after her when Smith died on Feb. 8.
The circumstances of Dannielynn’s life are far from ordinary: A custody battle in the Bahamas between Howard K. Stern, Larry Birkhead and Smith’s mother, Virgie Arthur, has been adjourned until later this month. Meanwhile, reports have circulated that Stern, who is listed as the baby’s father on her birth certificate, is in negotiations with Birkhead, who also claims to be Dannielynn’s dad, over a settlement in the paternity case. However, TMZ reported Monday that, Birkhead’s lawyer, Debra Opri, said, “There were never any deals. It was a one-sided discussion.”
Still, baby Dannielynn is merely doing all the things babies her age normally do. “She’s rolling over, and she’s trying to pull herself up. She plays peek-a-boo,” Gibson says. “She likes all her toys. She has a bouncy seat. She has something that looks like a merry-go-round that has toys all around.”
When it comes to meals, Dannielynn is still on formula. Last December, a maid who had been fired stated on an affidavit that Smith deliberately cut back on the baby’s formula because she wanted a “sexy baby.” Gibson dismisses the claim.
“That’s all nonsense, something they just want for attention,” she says.
“She’s a good baby who sleeps through the night. She goes to sleep sometime between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. She would sleep right through up to 7 in the morning,” Gibson says. “Once I give her her bath she sleeps.”
The baby was sleeping in the house last week when her grandmother, Virgie Arthur, finally came to the Bahamas with her lawyer and saw her for the first time. They let her sleep as Arthur looked on.
“When [Arthur] came she was very much asleep,” Gibson says, referring to Dannielynn. “She looked at her in the crib and that was it.”
As for Smith’s funeral last Friday, Dannielynn was kept out of sight. Gibson says she was asked not to bring the baby. “All I was told is, she wouldn’t go to the funeral.”
Before jetting off to Hollywood, Fla., last month for a vacation she would never return from, Smith’s last words to Gibson regarding Dannielynn were: “She asked me to take care of her. …to make sure to just take care of her.”