got to pick up on this, if they have just had a child, they are both pro artists, whos working the shop? they both cant be taking time away from the shop.
so if you really want it you should be helping them out and be scrubbing tips and grips, hovering and washing the floors, making them teas, coffee, getting them food. let them know you want it. and all that for nothing, all because you want to, as a friend as a want to be apprentice.
its a long hard path we travel, twists and turns along the way, let alone the ups and downs. the pitfalls of life are plenty. you have got to want this more than you ever, more than anything in life. you got to think, eat, shit, fart and even bleed ink.
remember life is always about learning, never forget that, if you do you while have failed yourself somewhere in your life.