Tuesday, April 2, 2013


I'm pregnant! hurray! I don't know if it's a boy or a girl yet, but obviously will find out ASAP. I don't understand people who "want it to be a surprise." I feel like giving birth will be surprising and momentous on its own without needing any extras. Also, I hate waiting. I have a little belly already, but luckily most of my clothes are 2 sizes too big, so it's not obvious/uncomfortable yet.

I'm due Oct 27. I'm planning to take off from October-February, and then Jonathan will stay home from February-June. It's a big advantage of having basically the same job (shop teacher): we're programmatically interchangeable.

The only downside is that I'm having some complications, so I'm forbidden from traveling for 3 more weeks, which means no supernationals for me. I'm pretty bummed about that, as I usually find nationals both professionally exhilarating and the social highlight of my year. Also, I'm extremely worried the kids will all play superfast without me there to yell at them, but probably I overestimate myself. I will obviously be glued to the results page all weekend.

One of my students, Haby, wrote this extremely touching facebook wall post for me, which made me feel pretty fabulous:
"This upcoming Tuesday our chess team will be traveling to Nashville to compete against the nation
You have put time and effort to help us grow and so that we can become champions, and so this time we are playing for YOU !
Every point made by a 318 player is one more appreciation we have for you."

I haven't felt very nauseous, just insanely tired all the time. I get up and feel fine, then by the time I've showered and dressed, I'm ready to crawl back into bed. But compared to IVF, which made me feel like a Soviet psychiatric patient, pregnancy has been a walk in the park. I obviously miss sushi, wine, running, and one or two other things, but I guess it's good to relearn some self-control. I've also started eating organic food, using phlalate and paraben-free soap and shampoo, not eating canned food or using plastic containers, and (my favorite) never, ever touching receipts (last three = BPA). Jonathan has taken over all (literally all) of the housework, claiming my job is only to sleep, which is angelic of him. And I hear the second trimester is the most fun, so I'm looking forward to that.

In other news, I took some kids on a fun field trip to American Express headquarters to mentally prepare them all for lucrative careers in finance.

I've read some great books, the best of which was Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients. My father is a doctor (actually was; now he's a celebrated chess teacher) and he always used to say it's ridiculous how many people take cholesterol-lowering drugs, as they haven't been proven to affect any real outcomes, and I used to dismiss that, but now I see he is completely correct. He also told me a story about how he published an article about the side effects of a Pfizer drug, which resulted in Pzifer sending two goons to threaten him if he didn't retract the article and he had to call hospital security.

a few recent photos of IS 318 players:

Lennin, William, Sean



Brian and Vincente


Glenn Wilson said...


gurdonark said...

How exciting for you guys! I think the plan to rest and do the right things is a fine plan.

I know it must be hard to be missing the Super-Nationals, but I'm glad you're taking good care of yourself.

I've been following the candidates tournament lately. I am intrigued with Ivanchuk's performance. When he could relax, manage his time and play his game,he could slay giants. I hope your kids manage their clocks, too (to avoid the opposite problem) and have a great tournament.

A baby on the way! Exciting.

Jan said...

Oh congratulations! Such wonderful news. Good luck to the IS 318 kids at Nationals. I'll be following the results.

Jan said...

P.S. Elizabeth, if you see this, please contact me at jlnatty at yahoo dot com -- I would very much like to discuss something with you regarding the 2013 U.S. Women's Chess Championship. Thanks much.

Jan Newton

Unknown said...

Dear Elizabeth,

Greetings from Singapore!

Congratulation! We are happy to learn that you are in the family way.

I am writing on behalf of a group of educators from Singapore who has learnt much of your success in the chess program in IS 318 through Paul Tough’s book, “How Children Succeed”.

We have managed to get in touch with Paul and will be meeting him in NY sometime in 2nd half of May this year. We also hope to have the opportunity to meet with you at IS 318 during the same period of time.

My apology that I am unable to contact you directly as I do not have your email address. Paul suggested that we contact you via your blog. Appreciate if you can drop me an email at raymondpoonsl@gmail.com, so that I can provide you with greater details and we can work on the possibility of arranging a visit.

warm regards,
Raymond (Singapore)

June said...