Melissa Ordway, Justin Gaston,Olivia Gaston, Sophie Gaston Kelly Krugers Baby Shower at a Private Residence in Los Angeles, California on July 13, 2019© Jill Johnson/jpistudios.com310-657-9661
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This tot surprised everyone when she made her big debut.

It seems like just yesterday when the daughter of The Young and the Restless‘ Melissa Ordway and husband Justin Gaston showed up five weeks (and an entire year) early. But it wasn’t yesterday, and little Sophie’s turning 4 on December 9. These past four years have been a journey full of light and love, and it’s barely just begun. Go through the pictures yourself, and you’ll see little Sophie grow from an adorable preemie to a confident little lady.

Ready or Not

Ordway celebrated Sophie’s third birthday in 2020 by flashing back to her birth and marveling at how this tiny cherub was growing up. Though she wasn’t supposed to come until January, little Sophie just couldn’t wait to join her family in the world.

Merry Christmas Eve

Sophie coming early meant she got an extra Christmas in! She won’t remember that first holiday, but thanks to this adorably festive family pic, we certainly will. “From our family to yours,” Ordway wrote with the whole brood.

Reading With Dad

Storytime takes on a whole different meaning when you’ve got two parents who are actors. They really get into the roles. “And I was like, you better not,” Gaston informed an intrigued Sophie. “You better not.”

Planning Ahead

Some day, all of these posts will make a beautiful story for their daughter, parental nerdiness and all. “Happy 8 months, Soph,” Gaston wrote. “Love you more everyday. (As if she has Instagram and will read this. She will one day Justin. Are you talking to yourself? Yes. Stop It.)”

All Smiles (Just Right Now)

By 11 months, Sophie’s personality began shining through. “You are the tiniest little cheerleader I’ve ever seen,” wrote proud mom, “cheering, clapping and smiling your way through life!”

Matching Outfits

Sophie’s early period style was clearly influenced by her dad. Or maybe we should say her dad was influenced by her since, as he wrote, they coordinated outfits, “Aside from the headwrap, which I’m still looking for in my size.”

Football Fandom

Speaking of cheerleading, Ordway began teaching her girls what team to root for as early as she could! Focusing on the game, though, wasn’t always a priority. “Yes,” mom confirmed, “one of my daughters is pulling my other daughter’s hair while she is eating a football…”

Pretty In Pink

By the time she’d reached 15 months, Sophie had already developed a list of likes. Running, singing and reading all topped out her list. As did making people laugh. Or, as Ordway put it, “Mischievous would be the best way to describe our little love.”

Root, Root Root for the Home Team

Football isn’t the only family sport Sophie enjoys. There’s also baseball! Though, we have to say, she seems a bit young to have downed “several hot dogs, a bag of peanuts and a helmet full of ice cream.” But hey, a growing girl needs her food!

True Joy

“This picture perfectly describes Sophie,” Ordway wrote, “my happy, goofy girl.” And really, that’s all we need to know while we release a collective “Awww.”

School Days

Being away from mom and dad can be a big change, so it’s important to bring a friend along to help with the learning. Plus, like mom said, “That little smile… I can’t.” Neither can we.

A Moment Frozen in Time

Mom captured a perfectly adorable moment of rapt attention as Sophie watched the stage with her doll, ready for her first taste of theater with Disney’s Frozen.

The Princess Diaries

Anna and Elsa aren’t the only Disney Princesses that Sophie loves. “You can always find Sophie in a princess nightgown over her clothes,” Ordway shared. “Today, her name is ‘Baby Ariel.'”

Wonder Women

Sophie and big sis Olivia have been learning how important it is to support each other their whole lives. “Proud of their hearts,” Ordway shared, and “how much they love and support each other and their friends.”

Party Animals

The sisters teamed up when they planned their dad’s party. The unstoppable duo “picked out party hats, decorations and the cake… ballet slippers!” Because what’s a party without a little ballet?

School: Take Two

Now it was time for big-girl learning, as Sophie joined Olivia in preschool. Having done a lot of growing up, the new kid on the block traded in her adorable bunny for a princess backpack. But she kept the smile!

Campfire Tales

Sophie got to hop up to her mom’s level on this “crisp fall night.” And if this photo doesn’t make you nostalgic for simpler times with the family, we don’t know what will.

Sunday Funday

Ordway kept her caption short and sweet and let her girls’ photos do all the talking. And you know what? We’re going to do the same.

In Her Genes

When the whole family went out to honor Gaston’s dad, “Paj,” who passed away three years earlier, Sophie showed off her family resemblance. “Sophie is a clone of you and your dad,” Ordway told her hubby. “The face she’s making is proof.”

Style Queen

Sophie’s come a long way since her days in princess nightgowns. But then, it was clear then that she knew what she liked. Or, as her proud mom shared, “Sophie has come up with a style all her own.”

Happy Birthday!

And now here we are today, as her mom shares a mini-stroll through Sophie’s life and colorful, joy-filled photos from the special day. “We love you more than you could ever know,” wrote Ordway.

While Ordway may only love one man (and her two adorable daughters), Abby has always taken a… slightly different approach relationships. So before you head off, why not take a look at just how different in our gallery chronicling the many, many loves of Abby Newman.