Alright, done with finals, and finally have time to really post here.
We started a 1 time a day EC when ds was 3 or 4 months old, because I found myself just sitting in bed every morning waiting for him to poop so I could change his diaper, which I decided was silly. A couple months after that I discovered he always pee after naps, so it became a 3 time a day EC. Then when he was about 18 mos he started asking to go pottty sometimes! I was shocked, and not really ready to go for the full time training. I've been putting him in Gerber cotton training pants with an extra soaker layer, and wool longies over the top. I like this combo, because it keeps things dry if he pees, but it's really easy to tell if he's wet (the wool pants feel really warm, but not wet) Also, ds can pull them down himself and sit on his little potty if he needs to. I wish I could find training pants in 18 mo size, but nobody seems to carry the potty scotty ones. He's really good these days about pottying when we're out and about. For a couple of weeks he would ask every time we were out, but couldn't get comfortable on the big potties in stores and things. Then one day it just clicked for him and now he pees no problem on any kind of toilet. I've been putting him in diapers while we're out, because I'm afraid of him peeing on the floor at a store or something, but it's getting really cumbersome to take him potty and then somehow get his diaper back on him. I bought this pattern yesterday, and I think I'm going to make up a couple of the waterproof version for outings and night time.
Night time is another issue I can't decide how to handle. I'd really like to work on his sleep this summer, and probably night wean as well. We've had trouble in the past with him not being able fall back asleep easily after he wakes in the night. I'm talking like 2 or 3 hours before he settles back down, so I'm wary of taking him potty at night for fear of waking him up too much. He still pees a lot at night. How is everyone handling night time? Maybe if I night wean him he won't have to pee so much at night?
The only other trouble we're having is ds using potty as a delay tactic for when he doesn't want to go to bed yet, or when I'm leaving to go somewhere. I hate to ignore his potty requests, but sometimes I know he just went. He recently figured out that I take his potty requests more seriously if he starts grunting like he has to poop! I'm really afraid of potty learning getting into the power struggle territory. I just do not want to go there. So I'm wondering how people handle their little ones crying wolf. Currently, for bed time, I take him before we get jammies on, and then if he asks he gets one more trip, but after that it's all done potty. It seems to work alright.