Now that's the face of a baby who is having himself some FUN! I caved today and bought a playmat with a bunch of dangly doo-dads. Not only is it fugly, but it also plays high pitched annoying music guaranteed to cause parental headaches in under a minute! Bonus! But when I placed A on the mat, he appeared suddenly over-caffeinated. Or as my Grandpa would say, "who put the quarter in him"? He spent 30 exhilarating minutes kicking his legs and swinging his arms and cooing enthusiastically at his new plastic friends. He started gasping for air because I'm pretty sure he was so excited he forgot to breathe. It seems the ugly toys make babies very happy. So in turn, I whole heartedly accept the beginning of the ugly baby crap takeover. Because if it makes A happy, it's better than anything a Pottery Barn catalog has to offer.
Here's a video of A enjoying his new toy. Probably snoozeworthy for anyone who isn't his mommy, but clear evidence that he enjoys his new (ugly) playmat.
PS: I've just discovered the other reason parents put up with the ugly baby crap. All the excited baby playtime makes babies very sleepy. And sleeping babies allow tired mommies to read People from cover to cover AND watch Oprah!