|Those random chatters are on the rise as your baby's ability to vocalize improves. Like a singer doing warm-up exercises — or a scientist puttering in a lab — your baby is trying to use parts of his mouth and vocal cords in different ways to make sounds. You may begin to hear two-vowel combination sounds like "ma ma" (which still doesn't refer to you directly but is rewarding to hear, anyway!). Encourage your baby's experimentation by talking directly to him with lots of expressiveness and facial emotion.|
This was from an informational email about kids Jack's age. Scientists puttering around a lab? Never!
Well OK, I might putter a little bit. OK, a lot. I talk to myself under my breath constantly, running over figures and ideas and the like.
But I still take offense.