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Marla Sokoloff’s Blog: I’m Having a Baby Girl!

09/19/2011 at 01:00 PM ET
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Please give a warm welcome to our newest celebrity blogger, Marla Sokoloff!

Since audiences first got to know her at age 12 as Gia on Full House, Sokoloff has had many memorable TV roles — Jody on Party of Five, Lucy on The Practice, Claire on Desperate Housewives – as well as turns on the big screen in Whatever It Takes, Dude, Where’s My Car? and Sugar & Spice.

Sokoloff, 30, also sings and plays guitar and released an album, Grateful, in 2005.

She wed her husband, music composer Alec Puro, in November 2009 and the couple — plus pup Coco Puro — make their home in Los Angeles. They expect their first child this winter.

You can find Marla on Twitter.

Hello and welcome to my very first pregnancy/baby blog!

I was super excited when PEOPLE.com asked me to contribute to their blogging section because I’ve been a big fan and an avid reader for some time now. I have really enjoyed reading about everyone’s journey and I’m so pleased to be able to share mine (so far!) with you.

I promise to fill you in on the good, the bad and everything in between. I’ll admit, being pregnant for the first time is a little scary, so stay tuned for my many anxieties and neuroses. (Let’s just say … I’m pretty sure my doctor regrets giving me her email address!)

Luckily she wrote an awesome book that I highly recommend for anyone who has a million pregnancy questions. Everything from “Can I dye my hair?” (Yes.) to “Is it safe to visit a volcano?” (No.) It’s called The Pregnancy Test by Dr. Emily Sikking and Melissa Heckscher. I reference it at least once a day. But I digress…

I’m currently 20 weeks along and we recently found out that we are having a … GIRL!

In all honesty, I had no preference in regards to gender; I just wanted the little peanut to be healthy. (Truly — I’m not just being politically correct here.) But I must admit, when I heard that we were having a girl — my heart skipped a beat.

Images of bubblegum pink and sweet little dresses filled my brain and I could hardly stand my excitement! (Side note: If you ask my husband, she will be a tomboy, so we are clearly on different pages as far as her style goes.)

Speaking of my husband … here’s a little background on the both of us:

ME: I’m an actress who has a hard time listing my credits because I’m a little shy about that stuff. Most of you may recognize me and think we went to high school together but I promise you, we didn’t. I just have one of those faces.

I’m so excited to be a first time mom and I’m ready for it all! Spit up, poopy diapers, diaper rash, sleepless nights — BRING IT!

HUSBAND: Alec Puro. Baby daddy and music composer extraordinaire. Some of his credits include Higher Ground, The Art of Getting By, and too many TV shows to list.

We’ve been married for almost two years and are currently in full-on nesting mode. Every weekend it’s a new project around the house. Anyone else experience this??

Fun fact about us: Almost eight years ago, we were set up by the lovely and talented Jessica Capshaw. Hmmm … should we name our daughter Jessi??

DOG: Coco Puro. Our original first-born and the love of my life. Sometimes I look at her and feel awful because I know her life is about to change big time. If anyone has any tips for bringing baby home to an only child/dog, I would love to hear them!

So that’s our little family. I can’t wait to introduce you to our baby girl when she arrives! I really look forward to sharing the rest of my pregnancy with you.

If you need to reach me in the meantime — send me a Tweet @marlasok.

– Marla Sokoloff

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Lauren on

I am a huge Marla Sokoloff fan. I am so happy she is doing this. Can’t wait follow her journey. She looks great!

rebecca on

I had an only child/dog as well. After the first night of staying up with baby she decided to stop sleeping with me for a while. I made sure to give her plenty of attention and cuddle time when baby was sleeping. She came around pretty quick.

mmmm on

Marla looks adorable. Congrats!!!

Valerie on

Congrats Marla!!! I’m so excited you are doing this blog! I’m currently 26w with a boy and this is my first. It’ll be nice to see how pregnancy treats you while I’m traveling this journey as well. Good luck and keep the posts coming!

Jazz on

My husband and I have two dogs; a lab mix and an italian greyhound. We knew that the lab mix, Honey, would be excited and protective about the baby. But we were nervous about the italian greyhound, Chuck, he is really attached to us and is super scared of others. We got this advice from friends and it worked great.

The day after our baby was born my husband went home to check on the dogs and took the blanket the baby had been wrapped in all night. He let the dogs smell it and left it on the couch for them to cuddle with it. The next day we came home.

I went inside by myself first and cuddled the dogs. Then i took them outside and we all walked into the house together with the baby like a new family. We put the car seat on the floor and let them discover the baby and we never had a problem. Chuck wanted to cuddle a little more when the baby was around and Honey became a police dog when “strangers” would come over. But our son is 21 months now and they all love each other!

good luck and hope this helps!

Ashley on

Congratulations to Marla and her hubby! Little girls are loads of fun. Lol

I think it’s funny that she’s worried about how her pet will handle it, because I felt the exact same way when I brought my daughter home. My cat was my pampered spoiled princess. The world revolved around her (still does), and I thought, wow how is she going to deal with this???

Surprisingly, she didn’t mind. She sniffed the baby at first and then it was just like my daughter had been there all along. We still have our “mommy and me” time and she’s been content for five years haha

Julia on

she looks so pretty!

Is there anyone else who remembers her as Dina, Joey’s pregnant sister from Friends? ;P

Selena on

I just found out I am having a baby girl too! I love Maria’s work and I am so excited to hear about her story. We seem to be the same time along. I have been having so much fun buying girl stuff now that I found out at the Janie and jack store and even target. I got a cute baby hospital hat at tutu spoiled.com I am so excited to have a baby girl!

Kristen on

Loved her on full house! Shes` too cute!

Emily on

Marla, you look amazing! Congrats! Our first was a baby girl, and she’s amazing.

We brought her home with our TWO dogs, and I was really nervous about how they would react. A family member was staying at our house while we were in the hospital, and we sent her home with a baby blanket that Macey had been wrapped in at the hospital to get used to her smell. We also let the dogs sniff any baby items they were interested in before she arrived so they wouldn’t feel threatened by this little human that had so much STUFF.

Both dogs adjusted wonderfully, but I will say that our oldest dog is quite protective since she has come along. I guess that’s a good thing! Can’t wait to read more from you.

Holiday on

Baby girls are so much fun!

I have one myself (and a boy too!) Congrats and have fun shopping for all that cute girly clothes.

Tina on

Our dog was an only dog when my husband and I had our daughter earlier this year. When he went home to check on her, I made sure he gave her time to smell the baby on him. When we came home, she was allowed to meet the baby immediately. Fast forward 8 months… our daughter is “her” baby too and they are the best of friends.

Lady on

Aww you’re so adorable, I’m sure you probably hate the reference back to Full House, but you reminded me so much of me & a friend when we were growing up watching…I would always try to get her to do things she didn’t want to lol, except I never threw a house party!

Look forward to hearing more about your journey, welcome! =)

SW on

I had an only dog and she did great when we first brought our baby boy home. Now he’s seven months and requires significantly more attention/play time. My poor puppy is actually having a harder time now. Finding that balance has been hard! I have to remind myself to be patient with her neediness!

Doreen on

I had to go on YouTube to remember who this woman is! :) I remember now after seeing episodes of Full House on YouTube! :) Congrats on the lil bambino! :)

kaylene on

Advice on pets- Ok I have to admit I have 2 cats and pre baby I called them my babies. So I did spend time wondering how they will act, feel- all that ran through the mind. But in the end they adjusted and nothing I did but time made them ok with the new addition to the house. So now they come around and I wonder why I worried about it at all. So dont stress about the pet they will love the baby and realize its not going anywhere so it will work out.

Oh and yes nesting is the best way to feel like your ready for baby so keep it up its fun and once the baby is there you dont have the energy to do them anymore. Its like- the baby is asleep ok wheres the nearest place to sleep for me.

Mother of 2 on

I remember her best from Party of 5- Loved that show!

I have 2 daughters – one is 13 and one is 1 year old. We had a rottweiler when my oldest was born and he loved her more than anything until he passed away when she was 7- he became her guardian and didn’t care as much about my husband and I! :)

When our 1 year old came along we had just our 9 year old cat who preferred to do his own thing and if he wanted attention he’d come find us. The problem is that once our baby came home he never got any attention so we got him a kitty. She is 8 months old now and keeps him company while also entertaining us. Her personality is so loving which is great for our little one who really can’t touch the older cat without annoying him, but she can love all over the kitten easily.

Good luck on the rest of the pregnancy!

mimi on

marla, you will always be cokie mason from the BSC movie to me. haha!

congrats on your pregnancy. what an exciting time!

Angel on

Marla is so adorable!! Wishing her a happy and healthy pregnancy.

Susan Albert on

I didn’t know wh she was at first. Then I read she played Gia. I watched that program all the time. Congratz.

Nadine on

Congrats! A very exciting time and I will tell you it is the time of your life!

But no matter how much you think you will be prepared or excited for :
“I’m ready for it all! Spit up, poopy diapers, diaper rash, sleepless nights — BRING IT!” it is not glamorous. It is the hardest and most rewarding job you will ever have! You won’t win an emmy or an oscar, but you definitely will act like it is all alright in the beginning.

The dog — he will become the step-child. I say that in the nicest way possible. Our dog was number 1 and the love of our life. Now, he knows he is second fiddle to the baby!

Enjoy, you will never know love could be this strong. It is a wild ride so just hold on and have fun. :)

Mary on

I think she is a doll, wasn’t she also on Private Practice as the receptionist?

Congrats on baby girl.

Steve on

Congrats Marla, I know your mom is so excited. Wishing you and your husband the best.

Barbie Neddow on

I have a 2 year old Italian Greyhound and a 2 year old mini dash-hound, and trust me ur Iggy will be just as happy as u that there is a new addition to the family. although he/she my be really excitable to see what you are holding in your arms. you may have to show both your dogs the baby is very delicate and to be careful. U have 2 very smart breeds of dogs so they will figure it out quickly. The dogs may even be a little scared at first and not sure what it is, but they will not hurt the baby. make sure they feel they are just as important and the new baby and that u just brought home a new member of the family.

Congrat’s I am so happy for you, you will be very busy for a while.

PS: my Iggy sings when he hears a baby cry. he he soooo cute.

brommhide on

She is so cute!!! Reminds me of Hilary Duff. They’re both pregnant. Glad she’s having a girl…a minnie me. Girls are cheaper than boys…lol. I’m so jaded!!

conniejean on

i have watched you for years. so happy for you. after the baby are you going back to work right away.. i adopted (twice) and those years i had to stop being a rn for 6 months. BE HAPPY AND WELL…. AND ENJOY.

Count Saint-Simon on

I read the “Alec Puro” mention and thought…”Huh, that sounds familiar..”. Finally I realized he is Deadsy’s drummer..unfortunately, I could never figure out how to pronounce the band name..

Anyway, Congratulations! And Jessica would probably make a fine name.

Annie on

Our golden took her de facto demotion in the household very well. Her attitude seemed to be, I can cede the center of attention, but all the squeaky toys are MINE!

Jessi on

I will always remember her as the “troubled” girl from Full House. Haha. And I think Jessi is the perfect name for her little girl. Then again, I may just be a little biased.

Janae on

I remember the Full House days :) You look great! Congratulations on your pregnancy!

Shawna on

brommhide – Girls are cheaper than boys? Apparently you don’t have one! I have two girls and one boy. The girls want fancy wardrobes, ear piercings, stylish hair, gymnastics lessons, ballet lessons, etc, etc, etc. My son is happy with a plain short haircut, a basic wardrobe and cub scouts.

nadine – Your comment about the dog becoming a step-child is offensive. A step-child is not, or at least shouldn’t be, less than a biological child!

JMQuinn on

I had two kitties before my first son was born. If you’re concerned about pets being in the baby’s room, my MotherShare group suggested getting a wood screen door and attaching it on the outside of the baby’s room. You can paint it to match. This way you can hear the baby and keep the pets out. It’s easier than a gate.

When I was expecting my second son, I had his room all set up and when I walked by, there was my cat, Mollie, all curled up in the corner of the crib. Eek! Several weeks after my son was born, my other cat, Maggie, kept looking up at me and meowing. I thought what is that matter with her? She has food, a clean box…I finally picked her up and sat on the couch with her and petted while she purred and purred. She was tired of being ignored! She was my “first baby!”

PDDB on

Congratulations, Marla! As a first time dad, I was also excited about all those things you mentioned. Other than the sleepless nights, I am still jazzed about all the other things. I wish you and your husband the best of luck!

Maddie on

Hi Marla! Congratulations to you and your husband on the pregnancy – and baby girl! I can’t wait to read about your journey here on CBB. It’s cool that you’re a reader of these blogs as well :)
btw – i loved Sugar and Spice, it was a hilarious movie

Corrie on

Julia, you definitely aren’t. :)

Katie Ginn on

But I DID go to high school with you!! :)

Amy D. on

My first baby (lab/shepherd/rottweiler mix) was an only child for 6 years before my daughter was born. She is very gentle, but very needy and I worried tons about her being jealous and possibly retaliating when the baby came home. There are really only three things I suggest:

1. let the dog into the nursery before the baby comes home. they need to know that no room is off limits and that the baby is their baby too.

2. when you first come home from the hospital, go into your house by yourself and spend a few minutes with your dog. have your husband bring the baby inside and all sit down to introduce them to each other together.

3. give your dog a lot of credit – they are intelligent animals and will catch on to your emotions and what is okay and not okay once baby is home.

Just continue to enjoy your pregnancy, enjoy your family, love on your puppy, and congratulations on your soon-to-be daughter :)

Marla on

aww…congrats! I have always been a fan. Expecially since we have the same name and her Birthday is the day before mine.

LC on

Congrats! I just had my first this summer- a beautiful baby boy. My other babies– the dogs– did ok but I probably would have done a few things differently if given a chance.

My first “baby” a 5yo miniature schnauzer slept in our room– usually on the bed with us while the other one (a 1yo English bulldog) slept in her crate in the kitchen since she snores so loudly. We had the baby in our room at first since nursing so frequently so dog #1 got booted to the living room/kitchen. So not only had a crying, pooping, spitting thing taking up all of mommy’s time and attention but he also had his space and routing completely destroyed.

Pretty traumatic for both of us, you can’t help but feel guilty. Eventually got him a crate– right next to his “sister” in the kitchen so now he happily goes in there to sleep at night and sometimes for alone time during day.

The dogs love the baby but at first were overly excited which made us worried they would hurt him unintentionally. At first just tried to keep them away which did not good- they got more anxious and excited and we felt guilty. Best advice there is let them accompany you while doing baby things but set appropriate boundaries. OK to sniff and kiss the baby when you invite them to do so but not ok to jump at you (or anyone else) when holding baby and not ok to approach baby without invitation (don’t want them to think he’s a toy). OK to go into nursery with you but not ok to try to jump into crib or take baby toys.

At first we didn’t let them on the couch when baby was there. Now they’re used to him and much calmer so are allowed back up. Exercise definitely helps calm them down which = better behavior around baby so even when I’m completely wiped out I try to get them some even if it just running around the backyard.

Christina on

Congrats! You look great!

Everybody is different, but the hardest part of being a new mom for me was the lack of sleep. I never knew how much I valued it until I had none. I found my myself crying a lot because I was so tired. My husband and mom really helped out, though, so I could rest. Thank goodness for family! We got our little boy sleeping through the night at about 3 months (thanks to a book, The Happiest Baby on the Block which I highly recommend), and then it was easier for me.

That being said, motherhood is hard but also the most rewarding job in the world. Your heart will overflow with love for your little one! We have a dog, and I was also worried about him adjusting to the baby, but it worked out fine, and I know it will for you, too. Best wishes to you!

Sara on

My little one (now 20 months) is such a tomboy!! I dressed her in pink and dresses, pure princess from the day she was born..i have been looking forward to ballet lessions for months BUT babies come with their own mind!! At 12 months i “caught” her driving her doll around making car sounds!!! So now she has lots of cars, she loves watching formula 1 and does propper wrestling with her dad each night..we are expecting a suprise in 3 weeks, maybe ill get a princess then ;)

chesnie on

Congrats. First loved Marla on Party of Five. You are adorable and im so happy. I have a girl now 2 also and was so excited she was a girl, she has 2 older half brothers. When we brought her home, my cat was not having it. Unfortunately I fell into the trap of not giving her much attention for awhile because I was dead on tired and exhausted and hurting from my c section scar. Well needless to say my kitty pee peed in front of my daughters door for a long time. It still happens now but I’m trying to control it more. I don’t know it will be tough at first but gives your dog lots of attention. Good luck!

Joy Braun on

Congratulations to your entire family! And thank you for sharing. .
you are just beautiful, I can only imagine your precious addition will be a complete joy! You are very blessed and no doubt will have a happy helpful Grandma near by.

jessica hansley on

To make your dog comfortable with your new arrival put a blanket or an article of clothing in the baby’s bed while you are still at the hospital. When you or hubby go home to check on her let her sniff the clothing. It should help.

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