Oh, yes, a few weeks ago dd2 discovered that being held was WAY more awesome than laying somewhere by herself. I prefer to carry newborns upright against my left shoulder, so it's not too challenging to do things w/ my right (dominant) hand. The hardest part comes in about another month where she will want to turn herself to look forward (the direction I am looking in), but will not be big enough to ride on my hip yet. It's just awkward that way.
I can get dd2 to lay in her crib & look at her fish mobile or ride in the swing for a few minutes in the morning. Long enough for me to get ready for the day anyway. That is pretty much all I ask & she obliges, courteous little thing. While I usually carry her in my arms, I also will wear her on my back in the Kozy Carrier or on my front in the ring sling. Also, I am going to tell you something horrible: Sometimes they just have to cry. If I have to get something out of the oven, I lay dd2 on the carpet, get the thing out, then pick her back up. Yup, she is already crying. Nope, she is not going to die or get brain damage from crying for less than one minute. She is also kid number two, so there are times when I REALLY cannot hold her/pick her up b/c I HAVE to do something v important for dd1, like help her on the potty. Sometimes I have to go to the bathroom, or wash my hands, or wash dd1's hands, or whatever. The important thing is that I always come back and pick her up; that is what she will learn, not that I just abandon her to her own devices. I really don't see holding her a lot as a problem b/c I knew it was coming. I actually usually enjoy it b/c I love newborns so much! It's over before you know it! I think I actually hold dd2 more than I held dd1 b/c 2 screams much more quickly upon being set down.
Laneybug, our second foster baby truly loved her bouncy seat, too! I would feel bad about not holding her, but she LOVED being in there and looking around, even to the point where she did not want to be rocked to sleep, but rather bounced!!! She was one of the happiest most friendly babies I have ever met, too, so it wasn't like she was trying to avoid us.