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would you call this an emergency?

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mamamibbo Tue 13-Nov-12 13:47:35

if you had gone half an hour away on the train, also a 20 minish walk from your house with a newborn and 18 month old in a double pram and a 3 year old walking

if your pram broke when you were just heading back to the train station with your shopping , no one else is available to help you, its 4 hours until your husband finishes work near homen and you have a child at school that needs picking up in 3 hours...

would you consider this an emergency and ring your husband at work?

SlightlySuperiorPeasant Tue 13-Nov-12 13:48:55

Yes or get a taxi

Glitterknickaz Tue 13-Nov-12 13:49:11

I'd probably call a cab first though.

degutastic Tue 13-Nov-12 13:49:15


LadyMaryChristmas Tue 13-Nov-12 13:49:31

No. You have 3 hours to sort it out.

mamamibbo Tue 13-Nov-12 13:49:45

just to clarify, the other train station is a 20 min walk from the house so the entire journey is around 50 mins

redexpat Tue 13-Nov-12 13:49:46

If taxi wasn't an option then yes.

OldMumsy Tue 13-Nov-12 13:50:08


valiumredhead Tue 13-Nov-12 13:50:18

I'd get a taxi first and then ring dh depending on how far away he worked.

Glitterknickaz Tue 13-Nov-12 13:50:50

Would also try any local friends likely to be home first too.
Once other avenues exhausted then yes I'd ring.

OldMumsy Tue 13-Nov-12 13:51:03

But then my husband wouldn't mind, he would be worried for me and the kids. What did yours say when this happened OP?

DameEnidsOrange Tue 13-Nov-12 13:51:18

Surely a taxi would get you home in 3 hours?

DragonMamma Tue 13-Nov-12 13:52:01

I wouldn't say it was an emergency as such, a shitty situation perhaps.

I'd ring him but I wouldn't expect him to come and pick me up, unless it was possible on his lunch hour.

I would call and taxi and I would assess, when I were at home whether I needed him to go and get the older DC from school.

Depends on how nice your DH's work are though, if I were in that situation there's no way I would be able to call DH and ask him to leave work. Take the fact your DH works near home out of the equation, WWYD if he wasn't able to collect you and the DC's?

ihavenofuckingclue Tue 13-Nov-12 13:53:04

Its not an emergency unless you could not get a cab.

Also depends on his job. For example if he was a surgeon and had to cancel an operation (extreme I know) and you didn't think to call a cab. Then I would be pissed.

SummerRain Tue 13-Nov-12 13:53:21

Depends how it broke.

If a wheel came off I'd try pulling it and walking both kids... Slow but should make it in 3 hours

If totally knackered and it couldn't be dragged id probably ring him

LoopsInHoops Tue 13-Nov-12 13:53:54

My DH isn't one of the emergency services. confused I'd ring him just to ask advice on it and hope he offered a lift

addictedismoving Tue 13-Nov-12 13:54:46

I'd ring dh to talk it through and work out options rather than say 'come pick me up' but then dh works 2 hours drive away. in good traffic so would be pretty useless!

ihavenofuckingclue Tue 13-Nov-12 13:54:52

Was your dh you last or first port of call.

I am quite lucky. Dh works for himself and can pop out whenever he need. But when I was employed it wasn't possible, to just pop out.

SlightlySuperiorPeasant Tue 13-Nov-12 13:54:53

Three kids and shopping? Probably couldn't drag it!

HecatePropylaea Tue 13-Nov-12 13:55:03

Yes. If I couldn't get a taxi, I would. How do you get 3 small children home with no working pram? And where do you leave the pram? It's not physically possible to hold a newborn and an 18month old and hold on to a three year old and drag a broken pram for a 20 minute walk, onto a train and then another 20 minute walk!

Popumpkin Tue 13-Nov-12 13:55:04

Only if you have no other option. Would a taxi for a 50 min journey be affordable? If not, and you have no-one else to phone who is not at work, then yes.

You can't carry two babies & hold on to a 3 year old for very long I shouldn't think.

Signet2012 Tue 13-Nov-12 13:55:28

Would you be able to secure your 18 month and baby in a taxi? If so get a taxi. If not and you really have no one then you will have to phone him

GhoulWithADragonTattoo Tue 13-Nov-12 13:55:54

I think that does merit calling your DH at work. Let him make the call whether to come and get you or call a taxi for you depending on whether he can reasonably get away. Hope you get home OK. I remember struggling home with a 1 and 3 year old when my pushchair with body board broke and it was a nightmare even though only about 20 min walk.

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Tue 13-Nov-12 13:56:03

Could you get to a Tesco or Asda? They sell very cheap strollers and slings/carriers.

TheReturnOfBridezilla Tue 13-Nov-12 13:56:18

My DH is my police, fire and ambulance. grin

He's a good 'un.

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