Hi folks - can I pick your brains a minute?
Fact #1: An elderly relative is visiting my parents in Boston next weekend, and it would be nice to get to see her.
Fact #2: O and I decided NOT to try Birka originally, since he'd want to fight, and I'd have at least E to myself all day, (IF the girls could stay at my parents, which is a big IF) which would be hard on my back, with no where to really put him down, other than an umbrella stroller.
Fact #3: It has been well over a decade since the last time I went to Birka; it was NOT in a hotel last time, if that is any indication. Thus, I have very little concept of how to deal with kids there at this point.
Thought: We are now contemplating that O can go to Birka on Saturday, so he can hit things, and I and the kids will stay at my parents' and see said relative. That sounds great for O, and for family harmony, but no Birka for Albreda = envious Albreda.
What can you all suggest about the following concept? We ALL go to Birka Friday night (and ideally be there when it opens), and then leave for my parents' when the merchants close at 9 PM, then O goes back to fight on Saturday. (There is also the VERY slim possibility that said relative would not be able to come at the last minute, and that the girls COULD stay with my Mom on Sat, so E and I *might* be able to come back up on Saturday, but, honestly, Birka will still be there next year, and this will very likely be the last time I see this person unless one of my parents dies before she does, which, well, I hope isn't the case.)
We didn't pre-reg, since this just came up; would the lines on Friday night be crazy long and prohibit making this worthwhile?
Would taking two toddlers and a baby AT ALL when folks are just setting up be a disaster in the making? I could have E on my chest, and the kids in a wagon, unless that would be worse, in terms of foot traffic??
Other thoughts, suggestions, etc, would be most welcome! I'm even making this post public, so if others with more experience with little kids at Birka want to chime in, they can. Thank you!!!