As many of my IRL (in-real-life) friends can attest too - potty training has been, shall we say, difficult. I've been attempting to get J to use the potty since he was about 3-1/2 years old. No go. I've been trying on and off over the last six months to get him interested in the potty.
I've tried all the tricks - trust me. We've tried "coloring the water." We've tried chocolate and sticker rewards. We've tried "commando potty training" where J ran around in just a long T-shirt. Nothing really stuck. I even went out & bought him some new Thomas trains as incentives. He couldn't actually play with them, but they were sitting in plain site waiting for him to start using the potty.
I even pulled out the big guns & told him I would convert their Winnie-the-Pooh themed bedroom (he shares with N - the other train nut) into a Thomas the Tank Engine wonderland complete with bunk beds!! No go.
Then something clicked yesterday. I put him in a pair of undies with a pair of training pants (the old-fashioned rubber kind) over them. He used the potty ALL day with NO accidents!!! Woo-hoo!! Although, I should probably point out that he has the bladder of a camel & held it all in until 4 o'clock in the afternoon!!!!! It's truly amazing to me how he can go that long.
This morning he woke up dry & wearing a Pull-Up & chose to use the potty. He did choose not to use the potty right before we left for church & while at church (which is why I had him in a Pull-Up). However, after his nap not only did he do pee in the potty but the other bodily function as well!!!!! Blow me over with a feather! Amazingly his tummy started feeling better immediately after that little accomplishment. ;-)
Needless to say, I'm very proud of my little man and absolutely thrilled with the fact that I will now have a break of changing diapers/Pull-Ups for the first time in eleven years!!!! I have never had a break even with the age gaps of my boys since they have all been late trainers.