Olympic Worries

My husband managed to score a couple of Olympic tickets.  Not necessarily the events we had wanted to watch, but hey, it’s the Olympics and as he said, this won’t be happening again, maybe in our daughter’s, but definitely not ours, so it’s definitely worth going.  So we’re watching a football game in the Old Trafford in Manchester this weekend and a hockey event in London the next.

Was looking forward to it, until we received an email that read as Critical Information about your event at Old Trafford (and the security is even tighter at the London events). If it were just me and my husband, it wouldn’t bother me at all (I’m all for security, who isn’t?)  But when you have a toddler in tow, that’s a bit tricky especially when you have to adhere to the following:

We strongly suggest you do not bring a bag: the security procedure for Football is different to other London 2012 venues. If you do bring a bag, your entry to the venue will be delayed and you may miss your event.

Read the lists of prohibited and restricted items for your venue: if you are carrying any of these items with you when you arrive, you will be asked to surrender it and won’t get it back. You cannot bring in liquids over 100ml. There are no storage facilities available.

When you’re a parent of a toddler, going out “light” isn’t that easy.  Nappies, baby wipes, change of clothing, light snacks won’t fit in a small bag.  I’ve always had big bags even when I was single, big enough to fit in some books, my journal, pens, camera etc.  Now that I have a toddler, my books have given way to toddler paraphernalia – my husband usually carries the other bag filled with snacks and bottles.  How on earth would we last the Olympics without our usual bags?  Oh dear indeed!  Yes, I know there will be lots of places to eat (sponsored stuff), but I don’t exactly like feeding my daughter junk and carbonated drinks (I’m the junkie in this family).  So yes, I’m really dreading this.  I’m wondering now if it was a mistake to book Olympic tickets with a toddler?

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