Friday Fave: I’ve Got Some BIG News!

by Rachel on December 14, 2012

Baby Rambach at 8 Weeks

I’ve never been good at keeping secrets, so I’m thrilled that I no longer have to keep this in: I’m going to have a baby! The ultrasound picture above was taken in November at just 8 weeks, but now that I am 14 weeks along, Baby Rambach has grown to the size of a lemon. Amazing!

I found out that I was pregnant on October 6, just a few days before the national music therapy conference. I couldn’t resist letting a few people in on my secret, including my partners in crime, Michelle Erfurt (who is also pregnant and due in less than a month!) and Kimberly Sena Moore (who was my conference roommate).

My husband Zach and I were thrilled and relieved to finally make the news “Facebook Official” last week, when we posted this photo taken on our vacation in Maui. It feels a whole lot more real now that everyone knows, and also now that I’m starting to get a little bump.

I announced the news to my students and their parents earlier this week, and while everyone was very excited and happy for me, I had a few concerned students who thought this meant I would no longer be their music therapist or teacher. I alleviated their fears immediately, though; I will most definitely be returning to work after a few weeks off this summer. The due date is June 14, less than two weeks after my 30th birthday…talk about the best birthday gift ever!

I’m so excited to be joining the “club” of music therapists who are moms and moms-to-be, not to mention that I’ll have my own personal audience at home to listen to all the songs I write :)

P.S. Join our Facebook group for even more tips and resources from Listen & Learn, and interact with others who help children grow through music.

Songbook: Tapping, Shaking, Music Making!

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Elizabeth Cochrane December 14, 2012 at 10:55 am

Yay! Congratulations! I am SO happy for you! Music therapy motherhood is so fun!


Rachel December 14, 2012 at 11:15 am

Thanks so much, Elizabeth! I couldn’t be more thrilled!


Anita L. Gadberry, Ph.D., MT-BC December 14, 2012 at 11:49 am

Congratulations and many blessings to you and yours!


Rachel December 16, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Thanks so much, Anita!


Kristen December 14, 2012 at 2:01 pm

So excited for you, Rachel! You are going to make a great mama!


Rachel December 16, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Aww, thank you Kristen!!


Amanda Ellis, MT-BC December 14, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Congratulations to you and your family! Ya’ll will be great parents. :)


Rachel December 16, 2012 at 7:43 pm

You are so sweet to say that…thanks Amanda!


Stephanie December 15, 2012 at 8:30 am

Awww, yay!! Congrats, Rachel!


Rachel December 16, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Thank you, Stephanie!! :)


Kathy Schumacher December 17, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Rachel!!! Congrats! I’m trying to resist, but I’m going to give you some unsolicited advice. (You’ll be getting lots, as I’m sure you’ve learned from Michelle :-) Plan a FULL six weeks off, just like someone who was traditionally employed. You (and the little one) will really be thankful you did!


Rachel December 17, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Thank you so much, Kathy! Yes, Michelle has warned me, and I appreciate all advice — solicited or not ;) Yes, I am planning on taking about 6 weeks off from everything; I’m sure it will be much needed!


Linda Jedrzejek, MT-BC December 19, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Congrats Rachel! You are so right that music therapy and motherhood are a great combination. My daughter grew up in the “business”….helping me move instruments, testing out songs/activities, assisting me in non-therapeutic group settings, keeping me up to date with “age-appropriate” music, etc. It’s been such a fun ride and we’ve shared so many great memories. I know your child will feel the love and warmth in your home full of music!


Lore January 26, 2013 at 12:43 am

Wow..Congratulations! I’m so glad to know about a mother I know how it feels..”I love to hear, I love to sing its worth,sounds like music to my ear.Little one in my womb, you’re my inspiration in composing children’s songs full of emotions and education”…Congrats to both of you.


Rachel January 28, 2013 at 7:16 am

Thank you so much! And I LOVE those lyrics — so, so true! All the best to you, too :)


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