The Big Sister

When we announced the happy news of Bamm-Bamm’s arrival, the first question many family members and friends asked was: how is Birdy dealing with becoming a big sister? Preparing for the changes Already during pregnancy we tried to explain to Birdy that there’s a baby in mommy’s belly. Not an easy concept for someone around… Read More »

Birdy Talks: 25 Months

It’s high time for another update on Birdy’s language progress. In the three months since I last wrote about her language skills she has made a lot of language progress and is very clearly disproving any myths about multilingualism causing speech delay. Even more, she’s already pretty great at translating between German and Latvian! Overall language progress After a… Read More »

A Family of Four

Those of you who follow Let the Journey Begin on Facebook have probably already heard the news: in the early hours of Whit Monday our family was joined by an adorable little baby boy! Bamm-Bamm and I returned home from the hospital a week ago, and we are all now busy getting used to life as… Read More »

Preparing for Birth the Second Time Around

Two years after the arrival of our firstborn I am again preparing for birth. At least, as much as you can prepare for something as unpredictable as labor and childbirth. Round 1: choosing the predictable The first time around things certainly didn’t go according to my initial expectations and we ended up “ordering a baby” (you can read… Read More »

Enjoy Riga, Latvia like a Local

The beautiful Riga, capital of Latvia and the biggest city of the Baltic States, is still unexplored terrain for many international tourists. Founded in 1201 Riga has a rich history and, thanks to its location at the crossroads between Western Europe and Russia, it has always been a cosmopolitan city. I’m probably a little biased… Read More »