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Chris Meloni Shared the Most Precious Baby Photos of Daughter Sophia for Her 23rd

The daughter of the Law & Order: Organized Crime star has grown up so fast. 

By Jackie Manno

March 24 marked the 23rd birthday of Chris Meloni's daughter Sophia Meloni, and to celebrate the occasion, the Law & Order: Organized Crime star took to his official Instagram page to share the most heartwarming snapshots of her as a baby.

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In the throwback pictures, Sophia has a full head of blonde hair as tot while she eats a banana, takes a dip in a pool, and smiles with her mother. Then, we get a modern-day photo of her grabbing drinks at a restaurant, all grown up. 

''Bananas, beaches, love, creativity So happy you came to us @sophiaemeloni So happy you let me glom on to ur B Day @sherman.meloni @dante_melonii Happy 23,'' Meloni wrote in the caption, tagging his longtime wife, Sherman Williams, and his 20-year-old son, Dante Meloni

Happy birthday, Sophia!

See the sweet moments later down in this post.

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Meloni is a super cool dad who loves spending quality bonding time with his daughter. On January 21, he shared selfies of him attending a rave with Sophia, immersed in the crowd while upbeat techno music played. 

Closeup of Elliot Stabler in Law & Order: Organized Crime Season 4 Episode 8.

"#Partyallnight#Raveuntildawn with @sophiaemeloni And then celebrate @sherman.meloni B day with eggs, bacon and French toast and burn it off with a snow fight. #showerandrepeat," he captioned the clip.

Chris Meloni on being a dad

In a 2014 interview with USA Today, the actor opened up about his parenting style with Sophia and Dante. “I think my kids would call me a little crazy. I’m very physical, very affectionate. I’m also very disciplined and focused on education. That’s one thing that was instilled in me, one place in life where there’s no compromise,” he said. “What works for me is empowering my kids. I remember not having any power when I was growing up. Power helps kids mature, and it requires critical thinking on their part. They feel engaged in a decision, which makes them feel engaged in the family process.”

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Meanwhile, in a 2022 interview with People, he discussed how raising his children has shaped his life.

"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 told the outlet. "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.' As well as the other one, who's a young soul. It's ever-evolving and a complete fulfillment of my life."