Another thought is a small potty for anyone wanting to EC even occasionally. I started DD at 11 months and wish I'd done it sooner. We still have a ton of wet diapers but she says "potty" whenever she has to poop. My pregnant nose is ecstatic not to have to spend 5 minutes wiping a poopy bum and trying to get poop off the diapers!
So glad it's worked out for you. I started ecing my little guy at 5 months, it was going fabulously until about 3-4 months ago (he is 16 months now) and I dont even try anymore. It's just an absolutely awful power struggle that I can't win. I have heard of the "potty pauses" but I dont think this one is going to end.