Boris and Nicole Kodjoe share photos of Sophie and Nicolas

12/18/2007 at 10:37 AM ET

Actors Boris Kodjoe, 34, and Nicole Ari Parker Kodjoe, 37, have shared photos of their children, Sophie Tei-Naaki Lee, 2 ½, and Nicolas Neruda, 13 months, taken over the summer. In the second photo, Nicolas is held by Boris’ brother.

The couple recently revealed that Sophie was diagnosed with spina bifida — a developmental birth defect in which there is an incomplete closure of the embryonic neural tube, resulting in an incompletely formed spinal cord — and hosted a fundraising event for the Spina Bifida Association of GA in September. For more information, visit the SBAG website.

Source: NAPO

Thanks to CBB reader Valerie.

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Danielle on

GORGEOUS. Seriously, my mouth dropped opened a little when I scrolled down to the picture of that girl!

loveliason on

Wow! Absolutely beautiful! Georgeous children!

Sarita on

Wow, Sophie is beautiful!

Miohelle Nicole on

I love Nicole and Boris. Sophie and Nicholas are just as beautiful as they both are.

To be honest, I did not know exactly what spina bifida was. I went on the website to read about it. Thank you for sharing your story and I hope that will help others.

By the way is Boris’ brother single? He’s definitely my single sister type.

CBB is my favorite site, I love it.

Michelle Nicole

Nik on

Those are not new pics.As you can see Nicolas was still a baby at the time. And also,they were not shared by Boris or Nicole on their Mypsace pages.

Sarah’s note: Please let us know the correct information then. From what we were told, the photos are from November and appeared on his MySpace page? We obviously want to credit the right people and post the proper information.

Ligia on

God, beautiful children!!

I know a thing or two about spina bifida – I have one! It runs in the family – my grandfather has it, and so is my mom. My mom’s sister also has it, but the worst form – she was never able to walk due to it, but always led an independent life and now is 57 yrs-old, with minor complications, but always with a positive attitude about life.
In my case, it is nothing serious – I have some minor back pain now and then, watch my posture and am supposed to do strength training for my lower back and abs to help support the spine. Other than that, I’m perfectly fine – and I’m sure beautiful Sophie will always be too!

gianna on

those kids are cute, that baby boy is adorable

Nicole on

These children are both gorgeous!

J-Lin on

Beautiful kids. Sophie has the most photogenic face. She has been added to my favorite celeb babies along with Ming and Aoki Simmons. I also love Wyclef’s daughter look too.

Callen on

Beautiful children. Hopefully there are no or little complications in the future for sophie. But they are beautiful children.

MyIntelligentMind on

How absolutely gorgeous. I haven’t heard of that disease, but I’m going to do a search about it. Just a beautiful family. Wishing them all the best

Asian Princess on

Just gorgeous!! The kids are cute too ;)

Lauren on

Oh my goodness. I haven’t seen a photo of Sophie for awhile now; she is stunning! What a face. Nicholas looks a lot like she did at his age if I remember correctly. I wonder if he’ll grow up to be as gorgeous as his sister?

I hope Sophie doesn’t encounter more physical problems due to her Spina Bifida. Does anyone know if children with this disorder have difficulty walking and/or more likely to develop scoliosis when they’r older? Just curious since I have mild scoliosis myself.

NATASHA on

AWWWW BABY HAS MOM’S BLUE EYES! SO CUTE:)

Mary on

oh my gosh, i love these pics! they’ve been hidin the good stuff. look at all that hair sweet sophie has. and nicolas has gotten so big! and he’s got his mom’s eye color. both of them look like nicole for sure. aww so cuuuute!

Alex on

I’m not familiar with this family…but those kids are GORGEOUS!!

Lita form Italy on

In Italy we are well informed about spina bifida.
To avoid it, a pregnant woman just need to take daily a pill of folic acid during the first five months.

Sarah’s note: In the US, women take a folic acid pill daily the entire pregnancy.

Ligia on

To Lauren (who commented above):

There are some levels of spina bifida, and I don’t know whether they may lead to scoliosis, but in my case, it ‘helped’ me develop spondylolisthesis (basically, a vertebra has slipped a little from its place) when I was in my early teens. It gave me a little more back pain and I had to wear a belt a few hours a day to help correct my posture. However, it was in a very mild degree and stabilized by itself, and I no longer have to wear the belt.

Jen DC on

Oh, look at her little arms strain to hold him! She looks so tiny and serious and he looks like he’s about to belt out with some serious belly laughs.

And I’d hate to be her mother with all that hair – I hope that baby is not tender-headed with all that.

I think Sophie looks like Boris.

Beth on

Ok folks. The kids are beautiful! Spina Bifida is a birth defect, not something you can develop or catch. It is a hole in the spine that leaves the cord exposed. It happens during weeks 3& 4 of a pregnancy, usually before the pregnancy is even known. Taken folic Acid only helps if taken the 2 months before and the 1st month of the pregnancy. Yes there are various types and degrees of damage will determine the person’s physical abilities. My 5 year old son has it. He does walk right now, but has a wheelchair for bad days and will probably use it more full time around middle school. It can cause scoliosis as a side effect from a condition called Tethered Cord. My son has had 12 surgeries for problems related to Spina Bifida. I hope that Sophie has few problems and fewer surgeries related to her Spina Bifida. I also hope she has some great therapists that are working with her to help her gain as much mobility as possible. This family is in my prayers, as I know how problematic Spina Bifida can be. BTW Spina Bifida does not affect intelligence; on the contrary the kids are usually smarter than their peers.
Beth, traveling mom with 2 boys and a wife to a Pediatric Intensive Care Nurse.

FC on

Sophie and Nicolas are just some seriously adorable children. I think Sophie is truly a mix (lot of Nicole with a touch of Boris here and there) while I see plain Boris in Nicolas, especially the second photo with Boris’ brother. That baby has the cutest chubby-cheeked grin… ;)

Before I read it was his brother, I was wondering why Boris looked a little different to me. He and his brother share some similar looks. Yes, um… is he single? LMAO.

Had they not mentioned Sophie had SB, I never would’ve been the wiser. Shows how well-informed they’ve been and how well things are going for them and for Sophie. I’m glad for it.

Lita form Italy on

Beth, thank you for your explanation. :)
I didn’t know folic acid should be taken two months before the pregnancy.
A big hug to your son.

Destiny on

Sophie is breathtaking. Nicolas is going to be handsome, just like his dad and that uncle of his.

m-dot on

They are adorable! Though I don’t think that’s Nicholas in the pic with the uncle. That baby has different features, including bnlue-grey eyes…unlike Nicholas. Maybe it’s the uncle’s kid. Love Sophie’s curly ‘fro!

NB on

Beth= may G-d bless your child, I hope he thrives, may G-d also protect little Sophie.

KIRSTEN on

I TO WAS BORN WITH SPINA BIFIDA AND I AM NOW 29YRS OLD AND LIVE A FULL NORMAL LIFE I WAS SO GLAD TO READ YOUR STORY ABOUT YOUR CHILD I AM GREATFUL TO NICOLE AND BORIS FOR STEPPING OUT AND BEING A SPOKESPERSON FOR SPINA BIFIDA WE NEED MORE PEOPLE LIKE THEM TO GET THE WORD OUT AND EDUCATE THE WORLD ABOUT AND THAT ITS NOT A TRAGEDY OR DEATH SENTENCE

Yvonne on

I have Spina Bifida and scoliosis. They both are pretty mild cases. I’m currently using a wheelchair, but I can walk with assistance. I’ve had to wear back braces and leg braces, but I think I can move better without them. I’m 22 now and love to live a normal life. I’m grateful to Boris and Nicole for going public about their daughter having Spina Bifida. Thanks so much! God Bless

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