We met our awesome nanny Pat through serendipity. Josh’s mother Phyllis can be quite gregarious and will strike up a conversation with just about anybody. About 8 years ago, before JJ and AJ were born, she met a woman strolling in the mall with what appeared to be triplets. It turned out that Pat was a nanny for these twin boys and their brother who was one year older. Phyllis told Pat all about her son who was expecting twin boys in a few months. Pat said that she was actually going to be looking for a job soon because the three boys in her care would be moving out of state. Phyllis wisely took Pat’s phone number for future reference.
When the boys were born, we foolishly tried to manage things on our own. Even though we both had full time jobs, we figured because we worked different hours we would each be able to juggle the babies in our off hours while the other was working. AJ and JJ’s prematurity made feeding more complicated than most babies, and we found ourselves beginning to lose our sanity after the first three or four months.
Phyllis saved the day by introducing us to Pat, and the rest is history. Pat helped out with AJ and JJ in the daytime Monday to Friday up until they were three years old and ready for preschool. When we told Pat that we were expecting DJ and MJ, she came right back and was ready to start as soon as they came back from India. The kids all affectionately call her “Tatie” which means “Auntie” in Haitian Creole. Including the boys she took care of previously, Pat has cared for three sets of twins, probably making her the most experienced twin nanny in the world!