It took me exactly two years to do all of my pre-reqs as well as supporting courses. I have a 21 month old and did as few classes on campus as possible. I am not hardcore enough to do CHM, and the other sciences online. Anyways, I took things the slow and steady route for several reasons, one being that I started while I was pregnant and did the SAHM thing for most of the time and two, because we moved a year after I started so I had to go back to the drawing board for pre-reqs and supporting courses for my new (current) school, and finally I also wanted to really focus on my classes and I knew that if I took more than 2 classes per semester, something would suffer (family, grades, etc).
I start the program in the Fall and my son will also start going to saycare full time as well. I am very excited and blessed to not have to work (or have had to work) throughout this entire process.
Some might argue that taking 2 classes at a time doesn't prepare you as well because once you are in the program you are taking double (or more) the amount of credits. I do not agree with that for a few reasons. For one thing, the more time you have to devote to each class the more you learn and absorb, and for another thing you either do or don't have time managment skills. If you do, you can handle anything. And most people with kids who go to school have great time managment skills, or they learn how to have great time managment skills. Your pre-reqs and supporting courses are the foundation for your NUR classes and if you do terribly at your supporting courses-the odds are against you. So, take your time, put your heart into everything you do (unless you have to take bio ethics-LOL!) and totally finish as many non-NUR classes as possible, because it will make getting into the program easier, and it will make your time in the program easier.
Sorry this was so long-winded. I know nobody on this particular thread said anything about 'not being prepared' but you may hear it along the way-people around here have said it. I just think it is BS, not to mention rude, and an uneducated opinion. People always say they hear it from the admin or instructors at the schools they applied to and I think it is crap. I haven't heard it from one single nursing student!