Put the parents of kids under the age of two together and a contest will immediately break out. This contest is popularly known as My Kid Can Do This And Is Therefore Better Than Yours. Even parents who like each other engage in it. I think it's instinctual, like a woman throwing her arm across you when slamming on the brakes. It's also about that effective.
"She can say Elmo now about her Elmo doll."
"Oh great! I fried up some pork chops last night and he turned the crispy bits into a pan sauce."
"Oh. Um...well, she's not really into cooking yet. But her top tooth is coming in."
We need to find somebody who has a kid younger than Abby so we can finally win this ladder game for once. We're getting killed!