Well, based on blog posts, James's potty training only lasted one day.
Tada! He's trained!
Okay, fine...he's not.
Well, Day 2 and 3 and onward were so very unlike potty training with Caleb. When we potty trained Caleb, I basically took a week off from life. I cancelled lunch dates, stayed home from church, and basically avoided anything that took us away from the house.
This time, well, welcome to the world of being a Second Child. We kept up our hectic pace, added a few lunches and dinners out, didn't forget any therapy appointments or anything else we could add to our days. In short, James was in diapers most of the time.
When he wasn't in diapers, he showed great promise! I believe I can safely say he has not learned when he needs to go potty. And, given the sub-par training we've given him, that's to be expected. But he has learned what he's supposed to do on the potty, and he's pretty consistent at doing it!
So, we've kind of settled into a compromise. For the most part, James stays in diapers. However, I offer him the opportunity to potty several times in the day: before/after nap, before/after bed, and if he starts showing signs of needing to poop. I put him in undies only if he's done a good job going potty, and I can be fairly certain he won't have an accident for at least 20 minutes.
Surprisingly, this compromise seems to be working very well! His diapers are staying drier, and he's using the potty when I give him the opportunity. I even put the froggy potty in the van today for use after our therapy appointment, and he did great with it! And his diaper rash (which had been non-existent until a few months ago, and now is bordering on chronic) is getting a good chance to air out and heal, which is a bonus.
One funny thing we've learned is that this boy cannot contain himself when it comes to giggling. If he giggles, he's going to pee. There's just no way around it. It's because of the low muscle tone, but it comes in handy when I know he needs to go potty, but he just won't do it! But even Caleb has learned: Don't tickle James when he's in undies!! Definitely learned that one the hard way! Haha!