By JENNIFER MADISON
Parents often say their children grow up too fast.
But one filmmaker has made the most of his daughter's youth by creating a time-lapse video that is capturing hearts across the globe.
Frans Hofmeester filmed his daughter, Lotte, every week for 12 years, and edited the clips into a mind-spinning two-minute, 35-second sequence.
The video editor, from the Netherlands, captured his newborn in her crib for months before she could sit up straight.
Seconds pass by and Lotte grows before the camera's eyes, her smile and face shape subtly changing.
Newborn: Frans Hofmeester filmed his daughter, Lotte, every week until she was 12-years-old
Growing up: Within seconds the little girl is sitting up in front of the camera
All smiles now: Years pass, and the little girl is brightly chatting with her dad
Sweeping the web: The video of Lotte has earned over 253,000 views since it was uploaded to Vimeo last Monday
As the seconds pass, she begins to talk to her father, her mouth rapidly moving as her hair grows longer and she morphs into colour.
The sequence has warmed hearts around the world, earning over 253,000 views since it was uploaded to Vimeo last Monday.
Complementing the work, user Yannick Barthe called the video 'an amazing gift for your daughter', and congratulated the filmmaker on a job well done.
Frank Willeke wrote: 'Beautiful! My daughter is only 7 months old by now, and I can't wait to see her grow up.
Dedication: Mr Hofmeester said he was 'overwhelmed' by the positive response to his 12-year project
'It takes a lot of discipline to go through with that for 12 years,' he added.
Mr Hofmeester said he was 'overwhelmed' by the response.
He has also done the same with his nine-year-old son, Vince, with a similar time-lapse video marking the changes in his appearance in under two minutes.
The siblings can expect to sit down for several more sessions as the weeks pass.
Mr Hofmeester promised a follow-up to both sequences, ending each time-lapse with: 'To be continued.'