Shelby laid on her bed listening to the sounds in the next room. She could hear her father in there with Campbell. She could hear Nakusa coming up the stairs with the bottle that her father had asked for.
She knew that she should be the one caring for Campbell, but she just couldn’t bring herself to get out of bed to do it. Since getting home from the hospital, all she wanted to do was lay in bed and sleep.
Nakusa handed her dad the bottle. “Do you think she’s going to be like this for long? I’m worried about her, Dad.”
“So am I. The hospital said it could last for days or for years. We don’t know. Until she feels up to caring for Campbell, I’ll do it.”
Nakusa shook her head. “We will do it. You don’t need to do it yourself, Dad. I want to help. She is my sister and he is my nephew.”
Andy smiled at his daughter then handed Campbell to her. “If you want to help, then you get to change his diaper.”
Shelby could hear her father and sister talking. She felt bad knowing that she was causing them more work. Her father was already caring for Kyle and now Campbell also. Nakusa was on her last year of high school and applying for colleges. She remembered how much work that was. Now she was also helping care for a baby that she should have to care for. It should be her and Philip caring for their son together.
Just thinking about Philip made the tears start again. He had been so excited to become a father and was looking forward to seeing their son being born.
She wasn’t giving up hope yet. Everyone else seemed to have already given up on Philip, but she wasn’t going to. He had promised her that he would be home, and she knew he would be. He didn’t break his promises.