Lisa LoCicero shares her thoughts on Olivia’s memorable moments!
Late last year THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Melissa Ordway (Abby) had her days all planned out leading up to when she was supposed to give birth to her daughter, Sophie. “But she came early!” laughs the actress. “I thought I would have so much time because my maternity leave was supposed to start at Y&R’s Christmas break. But I guess Sophie didn’t want to miss Christmas! In my mind, I thought I was going to have all this time with [elder daughter] Olivia, but Sophie surprised us!”
So much so that Ordway admits that it took some time to realize that she’d gone into labor. “When I went to bed that night, I was like, ‘Hmm. My stomach feels weird. I think it’s probably those Braxton Hicks,’” she recalls with a smile. “But when I woke up, I was in so much pain! Because it was so early, I was not expecting to give birth at all. I thought that maybe I slept wrong. But when I sat up, my water broke, and I was like, ‘I guess it’s time to go to the hospital!’ It happened so fast!”
A Different Plan
At the hospital, Ordway learned another plan had gone awry — instead of the traditional delivery, she was rushed into surgery for a C-section because the baby was breach. “Everything turned out great — Sophie was totally healthy and awesome,” sighs the delighted mom.
“The first time I saw her little face, I said, ‘She can’t possibly be mine — she is so beautiful!’ I was shocked. I’m like, ‘Are you sure she’s mine?’ She looks exactly like my husband, so it’s all his doing!”
Having a C-section meant a longer recovery time, which was a bit stressful for Ordway, because she had to juggle taking care of her newborn with her very active toddler. “I couldn’t pick up Olivia like I normally would or play with her,” shares the beauty. “She had a hard time understand- ing why I always held her on the couch or lying down. But once we got into our groove, we figured it out!”
Home, Sweet Home
Although she and her husband, Justin Gaston (ex-Ben, DAYS OF OUR LIVES), did everything they could to prepare Olivia for the baby’s arrival, Ordway admits that it still took her some adjusting to the new
family dynamic. “At first, Olivia didn’t want anything to do with the baby. She was like, ‘Oh, she’s cute… when is she leaving?’” she laughs. “But she is the best big sister! She always gives her kisses and calls her ‘my baby.’ When Sophie is sleeping, Olivia will run around the house going, ‘Where’s my baby?’ After we came home from the hospital, we made an effort to include Olivia, to make sure she wasn’t pushed to the side. In fact, I feel like she got more attention with all the family around than she normally did, so she’s adjusted well.”
Indeed, the entire household has settled into their new dynamic quite nicely. “I’m so blessed. A couple of my friends talked about going to San Diego with our kids for Mother’s Day, but I just want to hang around with my family,” smiles Ordway. “I sound like such a homebody, but they are so much fun to be around. I don’t need anything more than that!”
“It was so much fun coming back to the [Abby/Victoria] rivalry storyline,” says the Y&R leading lady. “I love
working with Amelia [Heinle, Victoria]!”
Ordway grew up watching Eileen Davidson (Ashley). So “it turns into a pinch-me moment when I get to act with Eileen,” she confesses.
“And it’s like, ‘Wow, she’s my mom!’”
“At first Olivia was like, ‘I don’t know about this thing — it cries a lot!’” Ordway says of her toddler’s reaction to Sophie. “But now she loves her and is always giving her kisses!”
Ordway loves her alter ego’s interest in Arturo, because it means possibly working more with Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki)! “We always have such a good time together!”