Meet Lil' Snooki!

Before she could GTL, she had to learn her ABC's! See Jersey Shore's breakout star as a tot

01 of 05

LITTLE CUTIE

LITTLE CUTIE
Courtesy Nicole Polizzi

Guess not much has changed! A pint-sized Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi mugs for the camera. The Chilean-born tot was adopted by her parents Andy and Helen – and still lives in a hot-pink bedroom in her mother's Marlboro, N.Y., home!

02 of 05

DADDY'S GIRL

DADDY'S GIRL
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"To me, I don't feel like I'm adopted. These are my parents," says Polizzi, who adds she has no desire to meet her birth parents. "I definitely love the Italian father that I have, even though he's a pain the butt sometimes."

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SAILOR SWEET

SAILOR SWEET
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Polizzi credits her mother Helen with keeping her grounded. "My mom, she makes me feel like how I used to be before I was famous," she tells PEOPLE. "When I come home, she makes me feel like me again."

04 of 05

HAPPIER TIMES

HAPPIER TIMES
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Polizzi remains close to both parents, but admits that she initially struggled with their divorce. "It was actually really hard on me," she says, adding, "[But]" I always knew that they would love me no matter what."

05 of 05

BOXED IN

BOXED IN
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She loves "gorilla juiceheads" today – and little Snooks also had an affinity for tough animals. "I was obsessed with Ninja Turtles," she tells PEOPLE. "I put it on every single day and would jump from couch to couch and act like a boy, kicking, punching the air."

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