Why an Au Pair you ask?
We decided long before Samantha came along that we wanted to try and raise our children bilingually. In addition to wanting our babies to be able to speak fluently in their father's mother tongue, we thought it would be a shame to not take advantage of those sponge-like baby brains and their ability to absorb a second language uber-easily. And while you wouldn't think this age is super important (they don't even talk!), it turns out to be one of the most crucial points for language development there is.
While we always imagined having an Au Pair later on (like when we had a bigger house!), finding a German-speaking childcare option in San Francisco proved to be impossible. There are no German daycares, the German-speaking Nanny options were few and far between, and of those we did find, they just didn't feel right.
So we decided to move our Au Pair plans up a tad bit earlier. We buckled down and interviewed (over skype!) close to 10 different young women. We fell in love with our match and cannot wait to meet her.
So as if having a baby weren't enough of a life change, we have another member of our family joining us as well!
(In our two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment mind you - more details on how we're making this work to come. :)