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in asking our upstairs neighbour to move their pram?

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KG100 Sun 27-Sep-09 16:19:46

Our upstairs neighbours share a communal hall way with us and have been using it to store their pram since their son was born. We were quite sympathetic for the first six months or so. After that we politely mentioned it was a problem for us as it was blocking the hallway but they said they had nowhere else to store it.

We let it rest but for the last few months it's been getting slightly wearing as he is now 20 months old and there is no sign of them moving on to a fold up model. We raised it couple of times over the summer, basically asking how much longer they would need it and they were non-committal.

So we asked them if they would mind us storing our bikes there occasionally. They said they wouldn't object and so on Thursday night my husband moved the bikes up in anticipation of going for a bike ride or two over the weekend.

We made sure they could still get their pram in and out but they still went completely berserk. She knocked on the door to ask me to move them and lost it when I said "no - we had agreed this up front". Her husband has also got quite angry and stated that they should have extra rights over the hallway than us.

I can't believe the way they are acting (stomping round upstairs, shouting at me and my husband when we've seen them, even though the bikes are now back in our flat) but not having children I can't judge whether it is really is an ordeal to either get a fold up pram, as we have asked, or alternatively build a shed and store their pram in the front yard. I'm sure all my nephew and nieces (six of them) were using fold up buggies by this age but they insist that they are not suitable for a 20 month old. Am I being really unreasonable? When should they be able to move on to a fold up model? And what does everyone else do when their kids get to this kind of age?

bratley Wed 30-Sep-09 20:41:30

Yes! Please join the thread killers thread! We always love a new thread killer to join in the chaos deep and meaningful conversation!

Thought of you today KG100, a woman walked past me in town and I thought 'I recognise that pram!' and then found myself looking to see how old her child was!
She had a little tot under one so it can't have been your neighbour! lol

It is true, MN rules your life once you're in! grin

Glad everythings sorted.

LifeOfKate Wed 30-Sep-09 20:06:32

Well done KG!! Very happy it seems to be sorted.

That article made me laugh (mean, I know).. the line about her now being housebound due to lack of pram... has the woman never heard of a sling?!?

randomeuro Wed 30-Sep-09 19:29:54

Glad it has worked out for you KG and hope the pram stays away, you have the worst neighbours ever! You were far far too kind to put up with that for so long.

p.s LOL @ Brio Behemoth grin

KIMItheThreadSlayer Wed 30-Sep-09 19:21:37

Stick around could always join us in chat on the thread killers thread. grin

KG100 Wed 30-Sep-09 17:31:48

ChilledandHappy, bring your NCT class round (with buggies of course) for tea and cakes! Maybe you could buy H a kiddie quad bike and park that too!

ChilledandHappy Wed 30-Sep-09 17:27:14

Hi KG100 - Jane here! Thought I'd have a read of your thread, I can see how addictive this is!

I still think you should just get pregnant and get an even bigger buggy for the hall!

Alternatively, I'll come round and park my buggy in your hall - maybe I could bring some other mums too, get a hall full of buggies!!

Good to see you the other night, see you soon.

J xx

MichKit Wed 30-Sep-09 15:59:52

Look what I read in the paper today. reminded me instantly of your situation.

I've been shock shock after seeing your pic!!

Niknak21 Wed 30-Sep-09 15:31:43

Hooray for you KG

needacupoftea Wed 30-Sep-09 15:14:17

Crickey Boffinmum - Pimp my pram or what?! Makes my maclaren feel inferior...

BoffinMum Wed 30-Sep-09 15:02:56

I sense pram escalation here in the event of the OP getting up the duff herself.
Can I suggest unilateral disarmament or, in the event that the OP has ever read the Art of War, going in strong on day 1 with this

Ah, the joys of Pram Porn. The internet has something to everyone's taste, does it not?

MrsGokWantstogocampingagain Wed 30-Sep-09 14:56:49

Hmm! Hotel California springs to mind grin

Stayingsunnygirl Wed 30-Sep-09 14:55:15

Ahhh she may say that she's going, but Mumsnet's got it's hooks into KG - mwah ha ha ha ha!!!!!

Stigaloid Wed 30-Sep-09 14:46:24

Am so glad it got sorted out for you and hope you do stick around/pop in now and again to say hello

diddl Wed 30-Sep-09 14:43:43

Glad it´s worked out!

MrsGokWantstogocampingagain Wed 30-Sep-09 14:34:59

Wahey!!! that's brilliant news KG.

Please do stick around here, it's an absolute madhouse but great fun.

Horton Wed 30-Sep-09 14:26:53

Oh brilliant. Well done, KG. You should definitely stick around.

KG100 Wed 30-Sep-09 14:26:24

RenderedSpeechless, I'd love to stick around and have had great fun here over the last few days, but it seems a bit of an indulgence unless I really am a Mummy. (Plus Hubby is going insane as I hog the computer and block the important activity of buying and selling essential golfing equipment on ebay!) But maybe soon we'll think about having a baby (if only to justify the enourmous buggy we will buy and store in the hallway) and then I'll definitely be back!

StayFrosty Wed 30-Sep-09 14:25:23

What RS says; I love threads like this when the OP stays really cool and tells you what happened in the end. Gwan gwan gwan, stay KG, there are loads of lovely lovely non mummies posting on here.

RenderedSpeechless Wed 30-Sep-09 14:21:27

Hi KG100. been absolutely gripped with this thread. Glad you had a positive outcome and admire the dignity and restraint you have shown in dealing with this. hope that you'll stick around on MN.

KG100 Wed 30-Sep-09 14:17:37


StayFrosty Wed 30-Sep-09 14:15:46

Oh wow, I would go out and do a lap of honour round your hallway grin It must seem massive now without the Brio Behemoth stuck in it.

KG100 Wed 30-Sep-09 14:12:46

Good news!

Not sure if it is sold or they just moved it into their flat (possibly they may have come to accept that they might have lost the moral high ground after the folding/non-folding fiasco, although I doubt it) but the incredible folding pram just seems to have disappeared last night. Have to keep opening my front door and double check the hallway but so far no magic reappearance!

So looks like Pramgate is now officially over and the pram has finally gone!

ohmeohmy Wed 30-Sep-09 13:36:42

Can you figure out how to fold it up and then leave it upstairs in the hope they won't be able to figure out how to get it up again?

bratley Wed 30-Sep-09 12:42:29

Kimi, you idea stealer! lol grin

Southwestwhippet Wed 30-Sep-09 11:34:14

did not think you were BU and am 100% convinced after seeing picture shock. Have been following thread avidly though, can't wait to find out what happens when their 'week is up'. good luck

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