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#1 of 8 Old 07-21-2006, 04:54 PM - Thread Starter
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: Well, the title pretty much sums it up.
After last night of feeling like labor could be imminent and if nothing else getting more uncomfortable by the minute I decided to cancel plans today and get stuff done that needed doing. Mainly this involved baby laundry and several first washes to the cloth diapers since you supposedly need to wash them about 5 times before use.
Well at 8 am this morning bunches of trucks arrived outside my house (very small residential street so this was weird). I watched them hustle and bustle for a few minutes and finally got curious.
Upon asking they told me there was a water main break literally in front of my front yard and they would be repairing it. Great, I thought, since my husband works nights and the bedroom is the front of the house.
Where will you be digging? I asked. I am not sure yet but your neighbor will probably lose some of his flowers, was the reply.
Well, at no point was I informed that I would be losing water for the ENTIRE DAY and that they would be digging a 15x15 feet HOLE that is over 8 FEET DEEP in my front yard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So no laundry is accomplished. I want to kill the 18 men yelling outside my front door, my lawn is hopeless looking and will likely be for a WHILE as the seed they BETTER plant grows in, I never even got to brush my teeth, wash my face, shower, TAKE SOME WATER TO DRINK FOR MY GROWING BABY, flush the toilet (although surprisingly you pee a lot less when there isn't much to drink), let alone do the chores I needed to do.
I am WAY to hormonal for this. Bastards saw me this morning. You think it might have occurred to them to enlighten the huge pregnant woman who said she was gonna be home all day what they would be doing to my yard and my water.
And now I am petrified I will go into labor at some point when this little project is still underway (homebirth mama, hopefully) and I will be stuck laboring with that going on.
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#2 of 8 Old 07-21-2006, 05:19 PM
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Oh no! How awful that they didn't tell you anything. I hope they are done quickly and you have water again soon.
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Oh man - that totally sucks. I'm sorry! Maybe they were scared to tell the pregnant woman she wouldn't have water - some of them could be fathers! I hope they fix it quick and baby waits until they're gone at least!
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Ugh! What IS it with public works people?! Similar story with some power line work a few months ago here...they kept shutting off the power without telling me it was going to happen, even though they were working on the lines attached to our house and they could SEE that I was home. Our bedroom is in the front of the house too. FINALLY after me opening the door and looking panicked the second time they shut off the power, the third day they actually cam and knocked and told me they'd be shutting it off again in 15 minutes, so I should finish whatever it was I needed to do (ie. computer, laundry, the REFRIGERATOR! ARGH!). It was off for hours each day. I just don't understand how they can knowingly leave people without water or power for long chunks of time without even warning them first!! Duh! Pregnant women need their water and a/c darn it!
I sure hope you had some bottled water handy! Did you ask when the work would be done?

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Oh, hon, I'm so sorry. I hope however, I can lighten your mood a bit by recounting my own personal hell experience with having the water shut off unexpectedly.

My best friend in high school and I decided to skip school and sneak over to my house to hi-light our hair. We put all the goop on and giggled feeling soooo clever. Then, our timer went off and we went over the to sink, turned the knob and nothing happened. We were horrified. While running through the house checking all the faucets, I noticed the water company truck outside. I went outside, not caring at this point I was half dressed and dripping hair junk screaming at them to please turn the water back on. Uh, no, was basically the reply as they went about their business.

We ended up rinsing our hair with toilet water and Evian. We felt like God was very swift in his justice to us bad girls, lol.
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That is pretty comical.
Update, my water was turned back on at 4 yesterday. I went to the grocery store in the meantime and bought some water. Laundry will hopefully be finished today.
I sort of assumed they would FINISH the work before leaving though but at 4:30 they left (I thought naively to get grass seed) and now it looks like I have at least until Monday a sizable tractor parked ON my lawn, cones on my yard and no grass seed replanted. Hang in there at least till Tuesday baby!
My husband says as payback we should cyphan (God, I know I am butchering the spelling of that word) the diesel out of the tractor for our little diesel car. I am ALL for it!
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Ugh. Summer, I can sympathize. In this heat, too, of all seasons to have water cut off! We have a well, and before we replaced the pump last summer, our pump would go out at least once a summer, of course at the most god awful inconvenient time ever! Hope you are taking a long bath today and using as much water as you can now!!
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That sucks... I hope it is all sorted out now.

With my first DD The day I found out I was pregnant they began work on our condo (we had leaky condo and had to have the whole exterior of the building redone). They set up their work station outside my room and that work went on until the day before DD was born.

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