While we were in the middle of it, potty training was the worst. It was exhausting, frustrating, and dull. Now that it's behind me, it doesn't seem that bad. It was honestly awful, awful, awful...and then it clicked.
We started out on the big potty with one of those Dora seats.
We'd had the seat for a while and she'd sat on it plenty so I wasn't worried about getting her a little potty to start with. Worst. Mistake. Ever.
She refused to go on the big potty. She also has a ridiculously strong bladder which made potty training a nightmare but now it's awesome. She would cry and beg for a diaper and basically hold it until her nap when she had a diaper on. No amount of m&ms, chocolate chips, juice, chocolate milk, or even WHOLE cupcakes would convince her. I was going insane
I quit for a week and tried to start again with a little princess potty. It was worth way more than the $20 I spent on it. At first she loved "her cute potty", but still wouldn't go. I was ready to quit. But Ellie insisted on having "her cute potty" around even though she didn't use it. Finally, one night, Scott teased her and told her not to use her potty. IMMEDIATELY, she walked over to it and did it all by herself. I was in shock (and also bugged that he got to reap all the rewards of my days and days of work). But I quickly got over that when I realized we could do this.
The rest is history. She still wears diapers at night, but she uses the big potty, stayed dry at church, will go on command ("go potty so we can go to the store/park/grandma's house").
It's so nice not NEEDING to take a huge, stocked diaper bag everywhere. Plus, her little bum is so much cuter in tiny, little princess underwear than in a big, bulky diaper.