Marla Sokoloff’s Blog: Entering the Home Stretch!

12/06/2011 at 08:00 AM ET
Courtesy Marla Sokoloff

Thanks for welcoming 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, who’s now 31 weeks pregnant, on Twitter.

Well hello there, third trimester!

Just when I thought this pregnancy was moving slower than molasses, week 30 seemed to appear out of nowhere! It feels like just yesterday I was dying for my belly to turn into an actual baby bump and now I feel as if I’m venturing out of the cute preggie phase and catapulting into the just plain GIANT phase.

This phase can be dangerous territory for your friends and family. They will still tell you how beautiful and glowy you are — yet the guy in the checkout line at the market will say, “Holy moly — you are ready to pop!” or my personal favorite: “Wow! Are you expecting twins?”

Now that the official countdown has begun, it seems like there are a million and a half things to do before our little one arrives. Our office has now been converted to a pretty pink (yes PINK!) nursery and most of the furniture is starting to arrive.

Even though my husband was very anti-pink from the get-go — the giddy look on his face when he saw it freshly painted will forever be etched in my mind.

Putting her room together has been my favorite part so far — to think it’s currently an empty space filled with baby essentials, and in just a few weeks there will be this new little person living in it. Truly a surreal and awesome feeling!

Sleeping is starting to become a wee bit uncomfortable and from what others tell me, it will only get worse from here on out. (And then it becomes non-existent right?)

Yes, I purchased the favorite pregnancy pillow that everyone swears by and to be honest — we have developed a pretty intense love/hate relationship. I’m either lugging it around the bed or I wake up in the middle of the night only to find it on the floor.

I just can’t figure out how to make this relationship work! My poor husband is really looking forward to putting my new sleeping partner in storage until the next go round.

I must say, one pregnancy plus that I will surely miss is the kindness of strangers. People open doors for me, hold elevators, and even let me cut in line in the ladies room! Definitely a nice little perk!

As our checklist got shorter, I realized that we forgot to plan the newly popular babymoon getaway. How many of you decided to take one before having your first child? It was something that I was kind of on the fence about, but I knew one last vacation with my husband would be such a fun thing to do.

I truly hate to fly, so we decided to drive to Santa Barbara for a few days of relaxation and spa treatments. It was absolutely perfect. We took those cliché long walks on the beach and got couples massages and I watched as my husband drank fine wine. (And by watched, I mean drooled.)

It was the perfect way to spend our last Thanksgiving as a twosome — next year will be sweet in such a different way and I just can’t wait for it.

Would love to hear about how you got ready for baby or how you spent your babymoon if you went on one! Send me a Tweet @marlasok.

— Marla Sokoloff

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Jazz on

When i was 27 weeks ago we went to an all-inclusive in Jamaica. It was great to relax but i like adventure when i travel. so staying in the hotel for a little hard for me but we had fun and it was much needed. after talking to other moms in my local moms support group it wasn’t just me, they all had a tough first year with the baby on their marriages. so we were very glad to get away.

good luck its almost over. now the anxiety starts to set in. you are 38 weeks and need to do groceries and you start thinking, “well what if my water breaks at the grocery store”… “what if i go into labor in the car” etc etc.

mommyof2 on

I slept like a brick in my third trimester thanks to a Tempurpedic mattress. If you go to their website, you can find hotels with them so you can try it out before you buy. I don’t know how I would have made it through two pregnancies and babies without it.

Ashley on

Hi Marla! I just love reading your blog!!! I wish you and your family the very best, and can’t wait to read what you name your little princess 🙂 Good luck to you, you are going to be the cutest mom!

Anita on

When I was 20 weeks pregnant with my son, my husband and I went to Italy and Hungary for 3 weeks. It was the perfect time to go because my morning sickness was gone and I had my energy back (well at least temporarily, lol).

We ate amazing food, saw incredible sights and did tons of walking, so all in all, it was perfect! By the time the 3rd trimester set in, I was feeling more relaxed and ready for the journey ahead.

Currently I’m 29 weeks pregnant with our second child (I’m having a girl too!) and I am also starting to find sleeping uncomfortable despite having my body pillow by my side.

Good luck Marla, wishing you all the best on your journey!

Shannon on

If you thought the first 30 weeks were like molasses, these last 9-10 weeks are going to drag girl! I am 6 weeks post-partum with my 3rd baby (my first girl!) and that has gone by like a blur!

I love hearing about new mommies, welcome to the club! It truly is the most exciting, treasured time in your life. Congratulations a little early 😉

Jen on

That’s a really cool picture. I like the way the light reflects

Blue Buddha on

36 weeks pregnant right now and sleep has become a chore every night. I honestly wake up more exhausted and some nights I actually get up and work—usually around 2-3 in the a.m. I lay a pillow fort around me each night only to find half of it on the floor in the morning.

I’m glad that Marla is finding people helping her out; I have yet to experience that myself but at least have not heard anything about being “ready to pop”—so I guess there are pluses on both sides.

Husband and I did not do any type of babymoon as we have been married for 11 years before starting our extended family, so we figured we had many years of just being a married couple.

Best of luck to the rest of the pregnancy.

Remy on

When I was 27 weeks pregnant with my 3rd child I went a babymoon with my hubby, leaving my 7 year old and 5 year old sons with my in laws. I hate flying, im terrified, so we drove from our home in LA to San Francisco for a few days.

We didn’t have a babymoon with either of our first two kids so after spending 5 years with two sons, even though we love them unconditionally we needed a few days to prepare for having 3 kids.

I am now 5 weeks post partum and I feel more grounded than I ever thought i would having 3 kids. Little Maisy is perfect, and i am relieved the hubby and I had some time together alone for a few days.

Aly on

Hi there! I am 34 weeks right now, and we are so excited for our little boy!

This week, I am noticing that “nesting” phase coming. I am separating all clothes (0-3 in the drawers) (3-6 in closet) the rest in the attic.

I have also packed both bags, his and mine already. At this point, you never know if he will be early, and I don’t want to worry about anything when walking out the door in labor!

megan on

“I must say, one pregnancy plus that I will surely miss is the kindness of strangers. People open doors for me, hold elevators, and even let me cut in line in the ladies room! Definitely a nice little perk!”

Where I live, everyone gets doors held open for them.

Bugsmum on

You definatly look beatuiful and “glowy” in that picture.

My sweet Husband moved into the spare room the last few weeks of my pregnancy with Bug. I missed having him next to me but it was nice cause I had extra space in the bed and didn’t have to worry about waking him when I was trying to roll over or spending a few hours awake at stupid o’clock in the morning. I didn’t get one of the proper pregnancy pillows (my friend loves hers so much that it’s still in her bed 6mths post baby) I just made a nest in the bed with pillows of different shapes and sizes.

We didn’t have a babymoon, it didn’t really occur to us to do it. Sounds like a nice thing to do though.

From this point on I took belly shots (in the bathroom mirror lol) every week. It’s an amazing change to look back on a few months after baby has arrived.

Best wishes for a safe and happy last trimester

K.W. on

I had the same love/hate relationship w/ my body pillow w/ all five of my pregnancies lol…would finally give up sleeping in bed and crash on our over-sized chair or the sofa in that last trimester..sooo much more comfortable to sleep that way 🙂

canada girl on

Hi Marla
I am not a mom or not pregnant but I love reading your blog on here. You are such a sweet, kind and wonderful person! I wish you, Alec and your baby girl to be all the best

TamIAm on

I used a Snoogle body pillow for my first pregnancy, but now that I’m expecting my second, it’s spent most of the time in a corner of my room because I kick it off the bed sometime in the night. I finally just gave up. The only problem is now I keep waking up asleep on my back.

Now I’ve adopted a half side, half tummy sleeping position just to try to stay comfortable.

Traci on

When I was 16 weeks (I’m now at 21), my husband and I took a babymoon/delayed honeymoon to Vieques, Puerto Rico. It was fantastic timing, since I was over the morning sickness and hadn’t started to feel uncomfortable aches and pains. It was great to just relax on the beach with him before the baby comes (and I discovered that pina coladas taste just as amazing without rum)!

Added bonus: Our baby girl kicked for the first time on our wedding anniversary, which fell over the trip!

Holiday on

When I was pregnant with my son we went on a short baby moon to San Francisco… we live an hour away from there but it was still nice. I was 29 weeks along. When I was pregnant with my daughter we didnt take a baby moon since I had 4 year old at home.

Monica on

I am a firm believer in babymoons! My OB was a stickler about not traveling more than 50 miles after 28 weeks so we had to plan both early and they had to be driving because he wouldn’t let me fly after 27 weeks.

For my 1st we drove to the Keys for a whole week. It was fantastic! I did not want to miss out the 2nd time despite having a 2 yr old so I convinced my in laws to watch her for a long weekend while we went to Savannah. That was even more relaxing because we hadn’t been away from our daughter in 2 yrs.

I think it’s very important to have some alone time with your partner before the baby comes because after that most conversations (or yelling matches) consist of diaper talk and how tired you are.

meghan on

she writes well. always grateful for an educated celebrity blogger.

Tara on

She also starred in “The Gift of the Magi” which I caught last night on The Hallmark Channel! It was an amazing movie!

Enjoy your last trimester! Your precious angel will be here before you know it! Sleeping will get harder and once she gets here, you will be in a sleep deprived state of joy! I have two children and I loved being pregnant!

Danielle on

I am 27 weeks and I, too, am finding myself entering the just plain GIANT stage of the pregnancy. People give me shocked looks when I tell them “No, it’s not twins and I have 13 weeks to go!” Sleep is tough, even with the pregnancy pillow! I find myself getting up in the very early morning because I can’t lay on my side any longer! Good luck with your last 10 weeks Marla! You look beautiful!

Cathleen on

During the third trimester of my second pregnancy, people constantly asked me if I was expecting twins. I got pretty annoyed with these comments, but because I had only had one ultrasound early-on, I never knew that I was actually having twins, and it was such a pleasant surprise that I found out only a few weeks before they were born!

I can’t wait to hear how your baby is once she is born, and I’m sure you’ll love having a baby for the first time, although, with five kids, I do admit that sleep is lacking for me! Best wishes for the rest of your pregnancy!

Laura Enfinger Rogers on

I have given birth to 4 children in 5 yrs never went on vacations,or to get a way away from the gift God had giving me I worked with my first as a Teacher’s Aide. I loved going to work everyday I had preschooler’s they were so tiny.

So I was due in Janurary and he decided to make his debut 3 weeks early. He was born at 37 weeks and weighed a healthy 8lb3oz and was 19″ long. I fell instantly in love but with just getting married did not think about having another but 20 months I had my second son early he was 9lbs and 21 in long. So I was enjoying my boys and at 6 months I had a sinus infection so guess what pregnant again with a 6month old. So at 16 months later we welcomed out first girl another early child at 38wks 8lbs. After that I said never again but again I was wrong, when she was 2 I gave birth to my last early child she was 9lbs.

Having a baby is the most wonderful experience that could ever happen to me. God gave me the most wonderful gifts from above all 4 of my children to take care and love!!!

Anyone need a nanny I know everything on earth including getting rid of colic. I am so excited and for you because I know how it feels. God Bless you and your new baby girl. She will become your reason for living!!!!

Sarah on

I was pregnant with twins (43 years old), on bed rest, and was in and out of the hospital due to early contractions and slightly high blood pressure (the start of toxemia). When I miraculously made it to 35 weeks I begged the doctor to let me go away for the weekend. So my husband and I chose a beautiful hotel with a gorgeous pool. Its location: literally across the street from the hospital. I even made it into the pool. When we got home that night we went shopping for baby furniture. Hadn’t been able to before due to the bed rest. While in the baby store I started to feel unwell and we went to the hospital. Gave birth a couple of days later. So glad we took our mini-Babymoon before our twins were born — healthy.

Holiday on

Sarah I am glad your twins are ok! That is a risky pregnancy with you being so old plus carrying twins. Good thing is they are healthy.

Silvia on

Hi, my name is Silvia i have a 3 month old who was born healthy bh. I read ur blog It reminded me of my pregnancy, everything that has happened to u happened to me. I had to go through an amnio toknow that everything was going to be ok. I am sure all is well with your baby, in the end one always knows.

guest123 on

Prepare, prepare, prepare……any first time mom needs to prepare everything you can as after the baby comes (especially if you go early) you will be surprised how easy the house goes to bits shortly after. Have the house clean, fridge/freezer stockpiled, dry cleaning picked up, dental check up etc…….whatever you are doing now, do extra to make up for those first few weeks back where you might be in pain, dazed, confused but most of all……overjoyed!

Elizabeth on

My husband and I couldn’t sleep in the same bed in my third trimester. I was too uncomfortable and he moved around too much. It kind of sucked, but if you had to sleep in separate beds, you have to lol. If it means getting any kind of sleep… just trust me.

Kandyce on

I agree it’s nice to read a blog from an educated and down to earth celebrity blogger. She comes across as so nice – wish her the very best.

Jess on

i’m definitely in the home stretch with my third pregnancy. I only have two weeks to go. I’m with her on not being able to sleep too much during the last trimester. I’ve been going to bed at 8pm just to get enough sleep but I still don’t because my three year old still hasn’t gotten to the sleeping through the night phase. And I toss and turn at night just trying to get comfortable. While I’m in the hospital, my mom is taking my two to her house for a couple of days.

We have never taken a babymoon but I have had breaks from my kids back when we lived near my mom. She used to take them for a night or two so we could have a break, or look after them just so we could go see a movie. I kind of miss that.

Stephanie on

I recently found a wonderful body pillow from My Brest Friend. It us like three pillows in one. It has a wedge in the middle so my tummy is supported as well as having enough pillow for my head and knees. What I love about it is that it is small. I can fit the whole family in bed. Including my husband and dog. Check it out here