So did we! No regrets!
We had the EXACT same experience. DS was great about the limits on TV early on, but then became more and more enthralled. DH and I were very set on the limits for it, but it was hard for DS to understand this. One day, just after his second birthday, I realized I was having to say "no" 3 or 4 more times a day than I wanted to, that I had become, in essense, the TV police. Not how I pictured motherhood to say the least. We thought the best thing was to simply remove the source of the power struggle and move on. We moved it to our office out back.
When DS asked to watch Elmo the next morning, I just explained that Mama and Daddy put the TV away for a while so that Mama, Daddy and Gibson could spend more time together--the truth!
. He was totally fine with it, hasn't missed it and hasn't asked for to watch. I was surprised by this as he had seemed so attached to it. Turns out, he'd rather spend time with me interacting or doing something more hands on...
What a relief it is to have the TV out of the house. DH and I watch a few evenings a week and that's it. DS and I have been better attached, more in sinc and I've seen such a positive change in him. Turns out, he's much more creative than I realized and has a much easier time entertaining himself than I ever gave him credit for... glad you've enjoyed the same experience!
P.S. The electronic toys, designed to drive a household mad come home from the in laws and go straight into the closet! I've done this from moment one! I bring one or two out occasionally if we have prolonged nasty weather or for just a change of pace. Rarely, is he even that interested in pushing a button when he could be rolling around his trucks, playing with his train or tending to his "farm."