Right before Mia was born my mom came to help out because Mark had a "little" accident. She was spending a lot of time with Austin since I was extremely, miserably nine months pregnant and Mark was incapacitated. One of the special things that she decided to try to teach Austin was to blow bubbles with bubble gum. He was VERY interested in learning this fabulous skill, but having just turned two, it was a little more than he could handle. Of course, the bubble gum that he swallowed within seconds of putting it in his mouth, was often enough of a reward.
Last month Austin got to spend some more time with his Nana while we were down at my cousin's wedding. One of the first things that he wanted to do with her was blow bubbles.
She found some gum in her purse and they each began to moisten and chew the gum in preparation for some great bubbles. Austin watched intently as Nana went through the motions of blowing a bubble.
When he watched a couple times and still couldn't do it himself, he watched even more closely. You can't tell from the picture but he does try to make the appropriate movements with his mouth, but he just can't get his tongue behind the gum. If he did manage to blow a bubble he would definitely be a gum blowing prodigy since that is quite a skill for a 2.5 year old.
He asked Nana to blow bubbles until her jaws were hurting. He truly was studying the process.
Eventually, he gave up and found thrills in popping the bubbles.
He is still trying to figure the whole thing out, but in the meantime he is having a great time practicing.
"Gum pwease Mommy!"