Before Stella, I talked up what a minimalist mother I was going to be. Who needs piles of toys? My kids were going to collect sticks and play with spatulas and rolling pins. If you want to get them gifts, books only please.
But a swing is great for a fussy baby and a bouncer helps too. Before long sitting in a Bumbo provides a different way to see the world. Then all those excellent mothers I know swore by different baby products. Then there was that steal on Craigslist and something we couldn't pass up on the street ("Are they really throwing away that Hotwheels jeep?") and the gifts.
And before I knew it we accumulated a lot of stuff. Guess we'll just make a small fortune reselling it after our baby years are behind us.