My mind is going back and forth with this and I'm just looking for a bit of external input.
R~Mama to my sweet A 7//07 & bubbly Z 3/12
AND due 9/13
Right now I babysit a couple days a week. (I was babysitting 4 days a week, but the dad just redid his schedule so we're down to 2 days.) We have Spanish playgroup with play afterwards a couple days a week. When fall comes we'll be doing activities through parks and rec. My kids are getting plenty of social time.
Created an instant family (7/89 and 5/91) in 1997. Made a baby boy 12/05 adopted a baby girl 8/08. Ask me about tandem adoptive nursing. Now living as gluten, dairy, cane sugar, and tomato free vegetarians. Homeschooling and loving it.
Cat- hsing momma to a wild crew of kids
Melissa 4/03, Lydia 5/04, Kimberly 1/06, Jordan 9/07, PJ 2/12, and Nate 5/14
However, I can imagine that if we had more children, putting the youngest ones in preschool part time or a mother's day out program or something would be nice so that we could have some uninterrupted time with the older kid/s. So that's not something I would totally rule out for future kids. We're not quite to that point yet though!
Carly  + DH  + DS 
TTC my second and his first!
There's mixed camps on this.
I did because mine are 18 months apart and boy, I needed some time. You know, changing diapers, feeding, cleaning....I can get stressed easily and it really helped.
Also, my daughter, as a 2-year-old was a Really Tough Kid. Like...super tough. Sensory issues...all types of issues....it just gave me the break and gave her a chance to be around other people.
My son is not like that at all. He's very social, easy-going and popular for a 4-year-old. He went up until May, when he decided he no longer wanted to go to preschool.
So now he's a preschool drop-out and I'm okay with it.
I think, from having a sister so close at home, he's a bit advanced for his age. He can read simple BOB books and can write. So really he's just missing out on the social stuff and all the PreK things they do... but I'm okay with his decision.
So we are doing "a la carte" preschool with gymnastics once a week and a musical theater class once per week. They are short (45 minutes) and I don't leave, but I can sit in the waiting area and relax, read, think while he gets some social time.
I think that preschool is a great experience and they learn so much. It also makes life much easier on me. I am always a little skeptical when people say that you don't need preschool, you can just sign your child up for lots of classes and playgroups and go to the playground every day and do story time. That sounds like an awful lot of driving around town, remembering schedules, entertaining my younger child in lobbies, and boring time for me. Much easier to drop her off at preschool, where she can socialize and do fun activities and explore, and then I can go home and spend time with my younger child.
I also love the Montessori curriculum, and the social aspects are an integral part of the program. I know that people homeschool using a Montessori method, but I'm not really sure how that works. Learning and teaching other children are major components of the philosophy. And I think those things are really, really important for young children and help them grow in ways that they just can't get at home, or in a one hour once a week class or playgroup.
Also, selfishly, I need a little break. I also have a 1 yr old, and may be teaching some yoga or getting some grocery shopping done with only ONE kid while she's school. Working on family balance...