The baby learned to babble last night while eating dinner. Evidently he made a sound while eating and discovered he liked the sound. Since then, he's been cheerfully inundating me with babble. This has led to a lot of conversations like this:
Baby: "Ba, ba, blah, ma, ma, ba, blah." Pause, with expectant look toward Mommy.
Mommy: "Really? What else do you think?"
Baby: "Ba! Blah! Ma ba!"
Mommy: "No kidding? Do you really think so?"
Baby (clapping hands to celebrate own brilliance): "Blah? Ma mla? Ba!"
Mommy: "Yes! I totally agree!"
Baby (clapping hands for Mommy because she acknowledges the baby's wisdom) :"DAH!!"
This has caused strangers to look at me oddly in stores, for some reason. Can't imagine why... what else are you supposed to say to a babbling baby? I mean, come on, what kind of a mom would say the truth? "I'm sorry, kid, I can't understand a word you're saying... talk to me in a couple of years."