Summertime 2016 – Began research in earnest and signed up for two agencies. My research included talking to local host moms, internet research (forums, blog posts), checking out instagram hashtags with “aupair” in them, and chatting with agency staff members.
We chose Au Pair in America because the local counselor is the best in Pittsburgh, in my opinion. Debra, the local counselor, organizes monthly cluster meetings where the APs get together and do an activity like ice skating, seeing a performance, bowling or checking out a new ice cream shop. To choose our specific “match;” Kyle and I spent time watching profile videos of the au pairs and set up skype calls with the young women we thought would be a great match for our family. After the third call and some good email dialog with Nina, I asked her to match with us and she said yes.
Fall – welcome Nina! 9/23 arrival in Pittsburgh after a New York City orientation and training. We got her set up with a US bank account and did some of the bureaucratic type of stuff you need to handle.
October – learning to be a family of five, enjoyed a trip to the DC area for the Fortson wedding, Halloween – carving pumpkins, dressing up, and general fall temperate weather fun.
November – on the first day of November poor Nina had to be in the ER (actually 2 ERs because in the massive black cloud of bad luck I was under ….for the first time the Doctor had ever heard of, they had no openings at Passavant for surgery so we had to go to Presby). Anyhow….Nina was a great sport – calm and brave throughout the process and recovery. It was stressful on all of us and we learned the reality of needing to have a backup childcare option. Thank goodness for our dear friend Lindy! We enjoyed hosting Thanksgiving and getting to share that with our German-American girl Miss Nina.