The former The Practice star reveals her little girl, Elliotte Anne, was diagnosed with congenital cystic adenomatoid malformation upon her birth in February (12), and she was required to have an operation to fix the potentially life-threatening condition within the first six months of her life.
The tot was admitted to Los Angeles Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre on 11 July (12) and sailed through the surgery, and she was discharged within a few days.
However, her road to recovery hit a bump on 23 July (12) when she experienced breathing issues and was taken back to hospital. Elliotte was found to be suffering from a minor virus and she was kept under observation for 48 hours before returning home.
Sokoloff, who is married to composer Alec Puro, reveals the medical emergencies didn't faze her daughter and she is astounded by her strength.
In her baby blog for People.com, she writes, "Babies truly are resilient. If you saw Elliotte just days after her operation, you would have been amazed. It was absolutely remarkable. I swear it was way harder for my husband and me to recover from the whole experience!"
Little Elliotte is now fighting fit and Sokoloff insists the health crisis has brought her family closer together: "This has far and away been the hardest thing I have ever gone through and to be completely honest - I'm still recovering. It has changed every part of my being and I'm not sure I will ever be the same again.
"I will forever look at my daughter and my husband differently. We went through the trenches together and our little family unit is now stronger than ever. I feel as if we can get through anything as long as we have each other."
The former The Practice star and her musician husband Alec Puro became parents to Elliotte Anne Puro on Wednesday night (08Feb12).
Sokoloff tells People.com, "Mom, dad and baby are happy as can be and completely in love with each other."
Elliotte weighed in at seven pounds (3.2 kilograms) exactly.
The actress and her musician husband Alec Puro are set to become parents to a baby girl in the coming weeks, but Sokoloff is ready for her new arrival - and she's eating caioti salads, which are rumoured to bring on labour.
In a series of posts on her Twitter.com page, she writes, "Ok labor inducing salad... let's do this thing. She seems to like it in there. Saying a little prayer with each bite. Legend has it - the salad dressing is the key. So far I got nothing but I shall let you know."
The actress, who is married to musician Alec Puro, admits the first four months of her pregnancy went smoothly, but she was "completely crushed" when the results of her second trimester blood tests came back abnormal.
In a blog for People.com, she writes, "My husband and I sat in the genetic counsellor's office discussing our 'options'; if the test was in fact positive for a serious birth defect. They were throwing out everything from spina bifida to Down syndrome.
"I was completely crushed. I was already so attached to my little girl. She has a name. I talk to her, I sing her songs... she has to be OK."
Sokoloff underwent more tests to check for an infection or defect and admits she suffered 10 "agonising days" waiting for a diagnosis.
She recalls, "I started to feel like I had been punched in the gut. My positive attitude that I tried so desperately to hold on to went flying out the window and was replaced with complete and utter fear.
"The next few days were spent on the couch covered in tears. I literally couldn’t function...
"After 10 agonising days, our amnio results came back showing a perfectly healthy little girl. The abnormal blood work was, in fact, a false positive. I... then returned to my oh-so-familiar state of hysterical crying. Only this time, they were happy tears."
Sokoloff and Puro are expecting their first child this winter (11).
The former star of legal drama The Practice announced last month (Aug11) she is expecting her first child with her musician husband Alec Puro, and now the actress has revealed the gender of the tot, who is due to be born next year (12).
In a pregnancy blog for People.com she writes, "I'm currently 21 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.)"
The former star of legal drama The Practice will welcome the baby with her musician husband Alec Puro next year (12).
Sokoloff's manager Lisa Wright tells Life & Style magazine, "Marla is pregnant and is due at the beginning of the year. They don't know if it's a boy or girl yet. They are just so excited."
The couple wed in 2009.
The bride exchanged vows with drummer Puro at a Jewish ceremony in the Chapel Garden of Il Cielo restaurant in Beverly Hills, California, with 100 friends and family members on hand to wish them well.
A source tells People.com, "Marla seemed so excited. She and the girls were overheard laughing in the limo. Marla looked beyond stunning. She took a few deep breaths and briefly teared up before she entered the restaurant. She seemed a bit nervous, but still looked very happy."
The couple, who became engaged in October 2008, spent the rest of the night dining and dancing with guests at their reception.
The Dude, Where's My Car star is to exchange vows with composer Alec Puro in November (09), and admits her many trips down the aisle on TV have prepared her for her own big day.
But she was worried that the delivery of her own gown would be an anti-climax after years of being fitted for fake wedding dresses.
She tells U.S. TV news show Entertainment Tonight, "I felt, like, when I was looking for my real-life dress that it was anti-climactic because I had done it so many times. I just didn't feel that excitement you are supposed to feel when you find the dress.
"But then, when my actual dress was delivered to my house last week, I was so excited. I ripped it open like it was Sex and the City and I finally had my moment."