I gotta say, I doubted the day would come, but...
CHARLIE GOT IT! He did it, and he's done with diapers! Well, in the day time, anyway.
I am so proud, and over the moon. It has been a looooong road (nearly 3 years of potty training!), but he was just ready, and he did it, practically overnight.
He started wearing underwear at school this Fall. He has a set schedule there, everything is predictable, and he learned when he could expect to go. He has been dry all day most every day at school.
Home was still another matter. We tried taking him at natural breaks in our home activities, but we just don't do the same exact schedule day after day here, so he just did not try to hold out for a potty opportunity.
Enter The Potty Watch. An ugly, silly little watch shaped like a toilet. It "sings" every 30, 60, or 90 minutes. The day I gave it to Charlie I put it on his wrist and told him, "When the watch sings it will be potty time," and I set it for the 30 minute interval.
Well, it sang, and Charlie danced his little self to the toilet to go. 30 minutes later it sang again, and again he went. 30 more minutes went by... you get the point. He's been dry, save for a random accident here or there, ever since. That was a week ago. We even went on a road trip over the weekend, and he stayed dry. He's going every 60 to 90 minutes now, no problem. He's wearing boxer briefs, and looking all slim without that bulky pull-up. He is so proud of himself. He knows he is Big Stuff now.
He's got a little ways to go, yet. He needs to learn to initiate his toileting himself. He has a lot of trouble managing his clothing, still. And then, there is night-time to conquer (seriously, how did any of us ever learn to wake up and use the bathroom at night?!). But we are getting there. We've got the biggest chunk of the puzzle down. Wow. It's party time!