A six week trip to the other side of the world, a family wedding on a tiny island, moving across the country, a handful of interesting opportunities brought on by the book – the months of this year (how is it only three of them?) have scrambled by, each desperate to show off why it’s special, memorable, why it shines brighter than the last. And so we find ourselves, almost suddenly, in a new home, seven hours away from the old one, with the feeling that something is very much about to begin.

Because all of this time, for nearly six months now, someone has been quietly growing, hitting the most fundamental of biological milestones. Through weddings and road trips and book fairs and packing boxes, someone has been going about their business, taking and doing what they need to prepare for their first and grandest entry of all.

She’s due early August, a half Australian, half German summer baby.

Yes, something new is very much about to begin.

74 thoughts on “Begin

  1. Congratulations, Liv, that is great news… it’s taken me a while to get to comment, though I read every post. I couldn’t let this go by without wishing you well.

    1. Thank you so much. I debated how to put it on the blog, IF I would etc etc, but it’s too much of a continuation of life over here, to ignore!

      1. I can understand that, we never know just how much of ourselves we should offer, but you will find great support at times when things seem a bit overwhelming. What a great start to your latest adventure…

  2. Congratulations, Liz! This is also my first time to comment, but have really enjoyed reading your words since finding the blog last month. Thank you for sharing!

      1. Hahaha, not a problem, that happens a lot. Thank you so much for reading, it is lovely having you on board.

        1. Aye, thanks for your understanding…
          I hope you have a great last trimester and an easy time settling into your new home. We are also expecting a dual nationality baby here in Berlin this summer. If you are ever in the area it would be great to meet up and compare notes on this whole process!

          1. Sounds like a plan! I love Berlin and definitely hope to get there more often in the near future, so a coffee (or, you know, WINE) would be fantastic.

  3. Congratulations, Liv! 🙂 I’ve been reading your blog for about 4-5 months and, as a Romanian in Germany (who also became a German citizen a few years ago) I enjoy your take on all things German 🙂 I am also married to a German and expecting a baby boy in late July this year, so this news made me very happy! All the best to you!

    1. Hurrah for dual-citizen 2014 summer babies! Good luck with everything, all the best to you too.

  4. Congratulations, Liv!! Very excited for you and this new journey! I’m sending many well wishes and happy thoughts your way! Let me know if you need anything! More exclamation points!!!

    1. Am desperate to crack out the maxi skirts and dresses – leggings and long sweaters are only getting me so far …

  5. Congrats Liv! Seems like everyone I know is having babies this year! Good thing my girlfriend doesn’t know about this blog…

    1. It is definitely a baby year! I might slip this blog to your girlfriend, if only because a baby you would be ridiculously süß.

    1. Thank you so much Faru (I really toyed with how/what/even maybe not) but the support and well wishing is so lovely.

  6. Congratulations, Liv!!! Oh, I could tell from the beginning of this post that you had a big announcement to make. Thinking many good thoughts for you!

    1. Thank you so much Gaby, you have a fiiiinely tuned radar! Am revelling in your good thoughts xx

  7. Big congratulations! That’s great news! I’ve been reading your blog for a while and am really enjoying it! I’m German and living in the UK with my English partner and our little girl, she is three this summer and it’s great seeing her grow up with two languages & cultures! She speaks much better German than her dad already 🙂 All the best for all three of you and looking forward to further updates! xx

  8. Congratulations, that’s lovely news. I have a 6 year old half Australian, half English niece who lives in the UK (I live in Bavaria, so get to visit her often). It’s lovely watching her grow up being aware of and interested in goings on on the other side of the world, knowing she has family who live there. She is much more ‘globally aware’ than I ever was at that age! Good luck:)

    1. It will be so interesting to watch it unfold, the half-half thing, the language thing – strapping myself in for the ride!

      1. The great thing is, I don’t think to her it feels half-half, at the moment, the languages are just one big experience for her and it comes across completely natural, no problem switching or anything. If we use the “wrong” language with her she laughs and says “no, that’s what daddie/mummy says”. Also, of course she doesn’t have a concept of countries so going to Germany to her is like going to let’s say London. She loves going on a plane as well but it’s not that different to her than going on a bus apart from that she gets a lolly on the plane 🙂

    1. That it does – the sequel is about to begin, it may be more of an adventure than the first part hahaha. xx

  9. Congratulations! Wonderful news 😀

    I’ve just experienced the whole thing for the first time, too (the Mini Dietz has just turned 6 months old – no idea how that happened). It’s quite some ride, but I had no idea how much joy the little fellow would bring us. He’s half English, half German, but it all happened on this side of the Channel, so if you need any advice or anything, please don’t hesitate to give me a shout 🙂

    1. Süüüß, mini Dietz, love it. Will definitely be shouting your way should any questions arise. I read somewhere you were often asked ‘was it planned’ and I have the same reaction to that weird question as you do!

  10. Congratulations! That really is wonderful news. I subscribed to your blog a few months back as I really enjoy reading about your adventures / travels. This journey you’re embarking on now though is the biggest and I think best and i look forward to reading about it when i can. i say when I can as my own life will suddenly become very busy in the next 4 weeks or so…I will become a mum for the first time too! 🙂

    1. GOOD LUCK! I am sending only the best wishes your way for you and your family – it’ll be a huge adventure indeed!

  11. Congrats Liv & SG 🙂 this ought to add extra credence to point 8 in ‘what you know’. Although.. she’s already got the head start of a suitably impressive Aussie Mum 😉

  12. Such joyous news! I have the biggest smile on my face and wish you and your partner heartiest congratulations!

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