Before their twin girls were born, Mike and Marc met a neighbor down the street who had hosted au pairs for years. “We were skeptical at first,” Mike admits. “But a few weeks after our first au pair, Oliver, arrived, we realized how perfectly he complemented our lives. We were thinking, ‘Wow, this really works for us!’” Oliver, who arrived when Kate and Eliza were just three months old, was responsible for caring for them during the week while the couple returned to work.
Mike and Marc have since welcomed another au pair, Alessandra from Italy, to care for their daughters. “Taking care of twin babies is challenging for anyone but Alessandra is amazing. She does all of the necessary day-to-day stuff—feeding them, bathing them, taking them for walks and playing with them—but she also tries to make each day special, by doing an art project with them or taking them to the library for a sing-along.” Marc and Mike also appreciate that Alessandra is teaching the girls Italian and are hopeful that they will start speaking it along with English.