THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Melissa Ordway (Abby) and husband Justin Gaston (ex-Ben, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) recently announced that their daughter, Olivia, will be getting a sister in January. Soaps In Depth caught up with the actress to get the details on her exciting news!
— Julie McElwain
Soaps In Depth: Congratulations! Can you tell us — planned or a surprise?
Melissa Ordway: Oh my gosh, we were so surprised! We had tried to get pregnant for a couple of years before we adopted our daughter, Olivia. And we thought that it was never going to happen. But I totally think that everything happens for a reason, because Olivia was meant to be in our family. She was meant to be our daughter. I think that’s why it happened the way it did. I was shocked because we weren’t trying at all when we’d tried for so long before!
In Depth: So when did you realize you were pregnant?
Ordway: I was having lunch with a friend and sort of teased her, “When is Olivia going to have a friend?” And she was, “I just came from the doctor. I’m pregnant!” So we were sitting there, freaking out, when I started to wonder about myself. I was like, “I’m not going to think about it,” but then, when I went home, I decided to take a pregnancy test the next morning. I already had one left from a couple of years before. I de-
“She is walking, talking and starting to try to run,” the beauty says of daughter Olivia, with Dad. “You cannot turn your back on her a second, because she’ll be doing something crazy!”
cided to take it the next morning, and it said yes! I was like, “Oh my gosh, are you kidding me?”
In Depth: How did you tell your husband?
Ordway: I tried to think of a clever way to tell Justin, but it all went out the window! I literally could not think of anything. I sat there for a couple of minutes. He was still sleeping. But I just ran into the bedroom and was like, “Justin, we’re pregnant!” He was like, “Is this a joke?” And I was like, “No, this is not a joke!” Then I took six more pregnancy tests, one of every brand!
In Depth: Olivia is still a baby. Are you ready for two babies under 2?
Ordway: Olivia will only be 20 months! But I feel good about it, because everybody that I’ve talked to says that it’s better to [have them] close in age rather than further apart, because then they will play with each other.
In Depth: You’ll have double-diaper duty. Unless you think you’ll have Olivia potty-trained?
Ordway: I think Olivia will be easy potty-
training. I could be jinxing myself, but she seems very interested in the toilet. I don’t know if that’s because she likes to flush things down the toilet, though!
In Depth: Have you included Olivia in your pregnancy to prepare her for her new sister?
Ordway: We talk to the baby before bed. She will give my tummy a kiss and a hug because she sees Justin doing that. We tried to get her to hold a picture of the ultrasound for one of the baby-reveal pictures, but she kept ripping it!
In Depth: Are you anticipating Abby holding a bunch of giant purses to hide your pregnancy like Mishael Morgan (Hilary) and Amelia Heinle (Victoria) did when expecting?
Ordway: Yes, I have a feeling that will happen since Abby doesn’t have a love interest at this point! I could be sitting behind a table or counter, or just a lot of close-up shots! Hopefully, that will work. Mishael looked amazing. She didn’t gain any weight except for her stomach. I’m not sure if that will be me, because I’m hungr y all the time! I literally cannot get enough food, so we’ll see what happens!
In Depth: This is such an exciting time for you and Justin. Is there anything you want to say to fans?
Ordway: I just want to thank everyone, because I’ve been getting the sweetest comments about the pregnancy. Everybody has been so kind. I wish I could write back to every single person on Twitter or Instagram, but then I never would be able to put my phone down! But I feel very blessed!
“There’s still a lot of unresolved feelings between Abby and Stitch,” says the Y&R star. “I don’t think they would have broken up if his stepson hadn’t come to town!”
Emily Wilson (ex-Ellie, GENERAL HOSPITAL) “is one of my best friends,” says Ordway, and “one of the funniest people I have ever met!”
Marla Adams (Dina) “is such an amazing, wonderful actress to work with!” enthuses her TV granddaughter. “She has a way of getting me to cry — even when I’m not supposed to cry in the scene!”