I have a funny/sweet story to share, but first I have to explain. First, when Joe's out of town (like this week) he always gives the boys a talk about being extra helpful and doing what they're told so that I can rest. Sam, especially, takes this very seriously.
Second, one of their favorite games to play at mealtimes is the "raise your hand game." One of them will say something like, "Raise your hand if you like chocolate," or "Raise your hand if you want to play Wii after dinner!" You get the idea. Then, everyone who agrees raises their hands and it's someone else's turn to make the statement.
Okay, so the other night at dinner we were having pizza. Someone from the ward brought a Papa Murphy's pizza so I was taking it out of the oven, getting a stack of paper plates, and setting out a bag of salad to have with it. That's about as much "cooking" as I'm supposed to be doing these days. I brought those things over and sat down at the table with the kids as they were playing their little game. When I sat down it was Sam's turn and he said, "Raise your hand if you think Mom is taking good care of our new baby sister." Then he made an exaggerated show of NOT raising his hand and gave me a dirty look. The other kids were confused and put their hands down with questioning looks, not willing to disagree with Sam. I was also confused...and maybe a little hurt. I asked him why he thought that I wasn't taking good care of her. "Because, Mom, you have been standing up too much tonight! You're supposed to be laying down to keep her safe!"
I thought that was very sweet. He was genuinely concerned about it and that was the way he could communicate that with me. Plus, it's good for me to have someone to remind me if I start to do too much. When I told Joe about it, he laughed and said, "Good boy, I told him to look out for you!" What would I do with my Sam?!?