We started potty training at the end of the summer. I was heading back to work, and although the kids' child care center and my mom would have been perfectly competent at getting potty habits started, I wanted to be the one to get the ball rolling, to teach the kids the process. By the time I was back in my classroom, Michael was well on his way, but Sophie just wasn't there yet. She'd sit and sit and sit and look back at her potty expecting pee or poop to magically be there, and I knew it would be a little while yet.
It was probably possible to have stayed diligent back then and to have gotten Michael peeing in the potty consistently, but with Sophie still firmly in diapers and the rotation of daytime caregivers (us, my mom, the center) starting up again, taking it easy for the time being just made more sense. Michael started going on potty breaks at school and would go occasionally when we encouraged it at home, but we've all been pretty comfortable living in this transition stage where diapers and Pull-Ups are more than back-up.
We did a couple more potty training days over fall weekends, doing the same routine we tried in the summer (naked bottoms, potty timer, sticker rewards, salty snacks, water, lots of Elmo's Potty Time and Potty Time with Abby), but still no real luck with Soph. However, we gave it a shot again this past weekend and it was like the light went on for our girl. I was down in the basement sorting through my online Christmas shopping loot when Sophie told Mike she had to go, and she did! Since then she's been wearing her Minnie Mouse undies most of the time at home with (knock, knock, knock) no accidents, keeps her Pull-Ups mostly dry the rest of the time--even for naps, and even did number two yesterday.
But guess what. Michael isn't as into it anymore. He still goes when we urge him to do so, but he doesn't really tell us when it's time. He doesn't want to wear his Thomas undies (a couple of accidents early on really bummed him out), and he's not keeping his Pull-Ups as dry as I know he could.
I'm hopeful that Sophie's progress will be a big turning point for us, that we'll get Michael back into the swing of things with Sophie at his side (literally). We're still going to take it pretty easily, though. The kids will still wear Pull-Ups for naps, bedtime, at the child care center, and when we go out of the house. Perhaps pushing forward a little faster would work better, but I just don't feel the need to stress any of us out like that. I have Michael and Sophie's third birthday in my mind as the point when I'll get frustrated. For now, we're in the process, and hopefully by April the process will be complete.