Thanks for the suggestions. My mother saw that special on 20/20 or one of the other news shows on women waiting longer to have kids and then finding out they're not able to. She's been bugging my sister and me a bit about this. I am a little worried about infertility issues - the idea that I won't be able to have kids makes me nervous. My DH and I definitely live frugally now. We enjoy seeing how much money we can save. Truly, we could probably have kids right now and afford it. We want to put ourselves in a position, though, where when I stop working, we won't have to regularly worry about money. I just finished my Master's Degree, and I'll get a $10k pay raise when school starts (I teach.) I need to work for a year to recoup what we spent on tuition. Michigan requires its teachers take classes towards a master's but most school districts don't help with tuition. Anyways...the plan is to start trying for kids somewhere around 8/04. I will be 30.5 years old. This way, I can finish off the school year with my accumulated sick days. I definitely want to stay at home, but it is really difficult for women to take time off from their careers. The year after I plan on leaving, my base pay would be $72,000. I know that kids are priceless, but this is going to really put a dent in our FIRE plans. I have been thinking about working one or two days a week and having my dad and my FIL take the baby one day a piece. Who knows, though, once the baby comes, I may never want to work another day!Sorry this is so long!Monica
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