For Halloween this year we gave out Double Bubble gum.Â We got a big bucket of it at BJ’s.Â Chris was bummed that we didn’t give chocolate, but I figured it was safer to keep leftover bubble gum around the house rather than leftover chocolate.
I emptied the bubble gum into my big candy bowl for trick-or-treaters and I was just about to throw the bucket away when I thought maybe instead I’d see whatÂ Beanie thought about it.
At first, he didn’t know what to do with it.Â It was as big as he was, if not bigger, so he couldn’t wave it around like he does his other toys.
So he did the next best thing…
He chewed on it.Â Did it matter that he couldn’t fit it in his mouth?Â Did it matter that there wasn’t really a flat surface to sink his teething gums into?Â Not one bit.
The kid chewed like a puppy on a new pair of shoes.
After chewing on it, we tried standing in it.Â That was good for another 15 minutes of yelling and babbling and laughing and mainly just telling me what a fun mom I was for planting him in a bucket.
What can I say?Â My Bean has low expectations when it comes to having fun.
After chewing ON the bucket and standing INSIDE the bucket, he managed to turn it so that he could yell into it, making it echo.Â This became his next favorite trick with his new toy.Â Yelling into it.
He thought it was hysterical.
So, I figured since he liked that deep, hollow sound when he yelled into the bucket, maybe he’d love the sound of yelling with his head inside the bucket…
He wasn’t sure what to think at first.
But eventually, he got more into it.Â He started yelling inside there, too.Â He’d give one good, quick little yell and then sit there.Â Waiting.Â And so I’d pull the bucket off really fast and yell, “PEEK-A-BOO!”Â And he’d died laughing.
Some people might say that putting a plastic bucket on your five month old baby’s head is horrible parenting.Â Some people might think that its a form of child abuse or poor judgment.
I like to think it was one of my more brilliant moments as a mother…