Liv Hambrett

Germany + Australia + Culture + Motherhood + Home

Life in Kiel, Travel + Life Abroad


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.


  1. Crissouli

    8 April, 2014 at 9:03 am

    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. Liv

      8 April, 2014 at 9:09 am

      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. Crissouli

        8 April, 2014 at 9:16 am

        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…

        1. Liv

          8 April, 2014 at 9:27 am

          That is exactly right. It is about finding the appropriate balance. Thank you so much x

  2. Kimberly

    8 April, 2014 at 9:19 am

    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. Kimberly

      8 April, 2014 at 9:24 am

      My apologies, Liv, I just noticed my auto correct wrote “Liz”!

      1. Liv

        8 April, 2014 at 9:26 am

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

        1. Kimberly

          8 April, 2014 at 10:03 am

          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. Liv

            8 April, 2014 at 3:27 pm

            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. silke

    8 April, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Herzlichen Glückwunsch und alles, alles Liebe : *

    1. Liv

      8 April, 2014 at 9:44 am

      Yaaaay, danke Silks (email coming sometime today/this afternoon, you know how it goes xxx)

  4. Günter YOGI Lauke

    8 April, 2014 at 10:23 am


    1. Liv

      8 April, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      Yaaaay, THANK YOU!

  5. Lutz Mowinski

    8 April, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Congratulations Liv, this is great news and i’m happy for both of you ^_^

    1. Liv

      8 April, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      Thank you so very much.

  6. Cristina

    8 April, 2014 at 11:11 am

    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. Liv

      8 April, 2014 at 3:28 pm

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

      1. Cristina

        14 April, 2014 at 1:58 pm

        Thanks a lot! 😀

  7. sarahstaebler

    8 April, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Aww, yay! Congratulations!

    1. Liv

      8 April, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      A fellow friend for your little one!

  8. alliedow

    8 April, 2014 at 11:31 am

    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. Liv

      8 April, 2014 at 3:29 pm

      I always need more exclamation points AND the only other thing is a visit xxx

  9. Hemborgwife

    8 April, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Congratulations!!!! I hope for a mellow and mild summer for you!

    1. Liv

      8 April, 2014 at 3:29 pm

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

  10. Eric

    8 April, 2014 at 1:28 pm

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

    1. Liv

      8 April, 2014 at 3:30 pm

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

  11. Faru

    8 April, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    That’s fantastic news and a wonderful way to let the world know 🙂

    1. Liv

      8 April, 2014 at 3:31 pm

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

  12. hans

    8 April, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Congratulations, Liv…. all the best.

    1. Liv

      8 April, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      Thank you so much, Hans.

  13. Gaby

    8 April, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    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. Liv

      8 April, 2014 at 3:31 pm

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

  14. Linnea

    8 April, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Wow! Many congratulations from America! Wishing you all the best!

    1. Liv

      8 April, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      Yaaaay, thank you!

  15. Uta

    8 April, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    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

  16. Kylie

    8 April, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    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. Liv

      9 April, 2014 at 7:09 am

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

      1. Uta

        9 April, 2014 at 7:38 am

        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 🙂

  17. Rebecca J. Richardson // The Rebecca Project

    9 April, 2014 at 5:59 am

    Wonderful news, Liv! I can’t wait to live through your new adventures from afar. Wishing you and SG all the happiness in the world.

    1. Liv

      9 April, 2014 at 7:08 am

      Thank you so much – the biggest adventure of them all! xx

  18. Sharon

    9 April, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Ah, the overseas adventure continues. Love following your journey. And thanks for sharing this with us. All the best!

    1. Liv

      9 April, 2014 at 7:38 am

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

  19. Dannielle

    9 April, 2014 at 7:32 am

    congratulations liv!! how exciting for you both!! best wishes xx

    1. Liv

      9 April, 2014 at 7:37 am

      Thank you so much! xxx

  20. Nene

    9 April, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Congratulations! Wishing you all the very best!

  21. MontgomeryFest

    9 April, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Liv! this is so wonderfully exciting..soo happy for you three 😉 congratulations dear!

    1. Liv

      9 April, 2014 at 8:09 am

      Thank you so much Annie xx

  22. sariscorner

    9 April, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Wow… somehow I am so busy I missed this post 😀 Herzlichen Glückwunsch und alles Gute!

    1. Liv

      9 April, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      Vielen, vielen Dank!

  23. Frau Dietz (Eating Wiesbaden)

    9 April, 2014 at 8:25 am

    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. Liv

      9 April, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      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!

  24. Vanessa

    9 April, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    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. Liv

      12 April, 2014 at 7:10 am

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

  25. Aidan Dwyer

    9 April, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    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 😉

    1. Liv

      12 April, 2014 at 7:09 am

      Us Aussies make alright babies, right?

  26. Diane

    10 April, 2014 at 12:44 am

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

    1. Liv

      12 April, 2014 at 7:09 am

      Such joyous news, and such joyous comments – THANK you!

  27. Anna Ventures

    10 April, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Congratulations!! Such a beautiful post as well xx

    1. Liv

      12 April, 2014 at 7:08 am

      Oh thank you Anna xxx

  28. shsayshallo

    10 April, 2014 at 5:45 pm


    1. Liv

      12 April, 2014 at 7:08 am

      Thank you so much!

  29. zalp

    10 April, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    Herzlichen Glückwunsch und .. all the best for you and your .. werdende .. Australian-deutsche Famil-i-y-e!

    1. Liv

      12 April, 2014 at 7:08 am

      Yaaaaay, dankeschön!

  30. Mike

    12 April, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Congratulations. A German-Australian combination inheriting the best of both worlds.

  31. MegsFitness

    13 April, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Ah!! How did I miss this entry? Congratulations, my dear!!

    1. Liv

      14 April, 2014 at 7:43 am

      Thank you so much!

  32. whereisshyamni

    15 April, 2014 at 7:31 am

    I am just catching up on this! Congratulations to you both, Liv! x

    1. Liv

      16 April, 2014 at 5:13 pm

      Yaaaay, thank you! xx

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