But to be honest, I think I'm almost semi-retired now. I work about 20 hours a week or less. And working even less these several months that I've given to myself as maternity leave. I understand how lucky I am to be not working the last several months. Yes, I've editted stuff, and been on my computer, but it's not been that hard. Some of my friends are working fast food, teaching jobs all the way to baby arrival.
I think if I had started reading the early retirement extreme stuff when I was 21 and just starting my job, I would really be fully retired by now.
I think the key is when the baby arrives to still be cognizant of my financial goals. We already are setting a no more then 20 toys rule (exception: educational toys like legos, she can have as many books as she wants).
I like not having a boss. I like being my own boss and setting my own time and hours. All this was worth my 10 years of slavery at Dell.