What I didn't expect are the sweet ways that Shelby mothers Victoria. They most often happen when she thinks I can't hear them.
The other day I found her helping Tori out of her pajamas and into some clothes for the day. She had picked Tori's clothes out and laid them out on the floor.
Sometimes I hear her teaching Victoria about things she already knows about. How to behave. Things that will get you a spankin. Reading books to her. Attempting to comfort her when she's upset. Trying to talk her into doing her part picking up.
Then sometimes she's back to crying at the table because Victoria told her no. They are sisters, after all. But I love their complex sisterhood. I didn't have a sister growing up and I love my brothers but it is so fun to watch this unfamiliar relationship play out. Especially when they are sweetly in sync with one another.