While it is most definitely rewarding to "be there" both physically and mentally, as your child grows up, and I wouldn't change it for the world, some days I struggle to come up with activities for us. And this is where baby junk appretiation comes in. Before I had baby boy I was adament that I didn't want too much baby stuff around and taking over the house*. Now, however, I couldn't be more appreciative of the fifteen minute increments of free movement I get when Baby Boy is entertaining himself in the safety of a toy he can't wriggle out of. Put him in, and it's ready...set...dishes/laundry/tidy/lunch/blogging Go!
*Full disclosure: The baby stuff take-over does bother me, and I am consequently working on a play area to compartmentalize the mess. Post to follow.