I am clearly the expert of potty training. My toddler potty trained in less than a day and hasn't had a single accident since.
Ok, just kidding. I have no idea what happened except that at 2 1/2, Fynn potty trained herself. That's not to say we didn't do anything to help, but last week it just clicked and she's been accident free for going on 10 days now. I consider that a success.
It all started last July when we found out baby # 2 was on the way. Drew and I were both adamant; Fynn HAD to be potty trained by March. No way on Earth were we going to have two kids in diapers. Nope, not happening. So for the majority of the summer we worked on potty training. We bought one of those nasty toddler potties and made her sit on it all the time and let her pick out Minnie Mouse and Doc McStuffins undies. We spent entire days when she walked around commando as we nervously asked her if she needed to pee or made her sit while reading/watching tv/eating. Anything to try to get her to use the potty.
She would stand up from the potty, and pee all over the floor. She would refuse to sit on the potty some days. We decided to give it a rest. We were stressing ourselves out and making her hate the potty and besides, we had 6+ more months before baby came to make this happen. We were good to go.
In December the panic re-arose in use as we realized how soon baby was coming and Fynn was still VERY comfortable in her diapers. Every now and then she would get upset when she went in her diaper, but for the most part she was perfectly content. Over the 2 week Christmas break, I again revamped our training efforts and we spent several days having accidents in her underwear and general misery on both our parts.
We backed off again and just came to terms with having two kids in diapers come March. Fynn would potty train when she was ready, much to her parents' disappointment.