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Christopher Meloni Celebrates Daughter Sophia’s 23rd Birthday with Rare Pics: 'So Happy You Came to Us'

The 'Law & Order' star shares Sophia and her younger brother Dante with his wife, artist Sherman Williams

<p>Christopher Meloni/Instagram</p> Sophia Eva Pietra Meloni (left) and Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni/Instagram

Sophia Eva Pietra Meloni (left) and Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni is celebrating his daughter on her special day!

On Saturday, the Law & Order star’s eldest child, daughter Sophia, turned 23. On Sunday he shared a throwback-filled Instagram post to commemorate the milestone.

The actor, 62, kicked off the post with photos of a toddler-aged Sophia enjoying a banana at the table and another of her rocking a floppy sun hat at the beach around the same age.

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He also included a picture of a younger Sophia posing with his wife, artist Sherman Williams, as well as a throwback snap of him and his daughter in the pool together.

In the silly shot, Meloni rocks a pair of purple pool goggles while Sophia floats beside him, smiling in a tiny purple pool floatie.

He then finished the post with some more recent shots of Sophia, and captioned the carousel, “Bananas, beaches, love, creativity.”

“So happy you came to us @sophiaemeloni,” he wrote. “So happy you let me glom on to ur B Day.”

“Happy 23,” he added.

<p>Jim Spellman/WireImage</p> Sophia Eva Pietra Meloni and Christopher Meloni in New York City on March 26, 2014

Jim Spellman/WireImage

Sophia Eva Pietra Meloni and Christopher Meloni in New York City on March 26, 2014

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Meloni shares Sophia and her younger brother Dante, 20, with Williams, whom he has been married to since 1995.

Speaking about his children in 2022, the actor told PEOPLE, "I always knew I wanted kids, as did my wife."

“My mother always used to say to me, 'I've learned so much from you kids,' and I didn't get it. Now I get it,” he said at the time.

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In the same interview, he gave a glimpse into the kids’ personalities and biggest differences.

"One is more of an old soul. I never used that term until they came out of the womb and I looked in their eyes. I was like, 'Holy cow, look at you. You're here to teach me,' " the actor said. "As well as the other one, who's a young soul. It's ever-evolving and a complete fulfillment of my life."

And both kids seemingly inherited Meloni’s sense of humor, celebrating his own day with a hilarious gift a few years ago.

<p>David Livingston/Getty Images</p> Christopher Meloni (left) and Sophia Eva Pietra Meloni in Los Angeles on Dec. 18, 2013

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Christopher Meloni (left) and Sophia Eva Pietra Meloni in Los Angeles on Dec. 18, 2013

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On Father’s Day in 2021, Dante and Sophia gifted the actor a framed response to a tweet about celebrity sightings, which read, "I saw Chris Meloni, one of the toughest tough guys on television, failing to control two toddlers at a brunch at Columbus Circle circa 2007.”

The pair also included a photo of themselves from around that time, and Meloni thought the gift was a winner.

The actor shared a photo on Instagram of himself and Sophia posing with a framed tweet, dubbing it the “#BestGiftEver."

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