I don't know what the success story is for us, other than to let you know that earlier this evening I was reminiscing about sending my son off to child care at 20 months, and the intricacies of instructing child care providers in our EC perspective, and just admiring my son in his underwear and being glad he's been so free in his body for so long...
Let's see -
encouragement for someone who just can't get the night time piece to work for them - we NEVER could do this, since my son's sensitivity to becoming fully awake, and my exhaustion combined to make it impossible. Nonetheless, around 18 months - spontaneously night time dry every night. I think there've been 3 -5 wet pjs since then, all related to illness or incredible night time thirst and drinking. He's 3+ now.
encouragement for someone who wonders if part time is enough - yes. And when it's right for you to move into "full time", then you will.
encouragement for someone who wonders if all the questions and confusion of others is worth it - yes. The intimacy of supporting my son's physical autonomy and the trust he has in our respect for his autonomy gives me a lot of hope for our future as a family.
Anyway, here's general encouragement from a family who did part - to - full time ec, never worked at the nights, and have a child who considers his body to really be his own, and takes pleasure in his ownership of it. At 3 years I still check in to this forum just to reminisce and rejoice, myself.
Don't count the misses, just count the happiness. It's not a race or a contest, it's a relationship.