I had another thought coming.
Once I decided it was time, I did lots of reading.
The most useful of all of the information that I read was written by fellow blogger Shannon at Stickers & Glitter about The Potty Watch.
After reading her post I literally ran to my computer and ordered two!
Once they arrived I explained to the boys how the watches worked and told them that we'd start going in the potty tomorrow. I got them all excited about the idea and we prepped for it all day and into the evening.
After they got up, I had them each pee in the potty and then put on real underwear and pants and we strapped on the watches.
David was totally into it and when the watch played the music and the lights blinked he yell, "Potty time!" and run into the bathroom.
Daniel would run behind the sofa.
The initial reward was a sticker but that was only good for a couple of days before they both lost interest in the stickers and, quite frankly, I got tired of scraping them off the floor, windows, furniture, cabinets...you get the picture.
I finally decided that pee would be rewarded with two jelly beans but a poop would earn the Holy Grail: Chocolate.
This was no incentive for Daniel at all. In fact Daniel was totally non-plussed about the whole thing.
Meanwhile, David was so into it that he figured out that he could squeeze out one turd at a time and get a piece of chocolate for each one! Clever little bugger!
By day four David was out of diapers completely even at night.
In fact, the night I decided to put him to bed without a diaper was after I found him crying in the hallway because he couldn't figure out how to put his diaper back on after going to the bathroom.
That day we made a trip to the store for nightlights.
I even had him practice getting up and going to the potty with only the nightlight on so it wouldn't be totally foreign territory for him.
Daniel was showing no improvement...at all.
I stuck with it. Everything I read said that you train for a week and if there is no progress you stop and try again in a couple of weeks.
After Daniel ran behind the sofa for the seventh day in a row I gave up and put him back in a diaper and continued to reward David.
By the end of the week David was trained...completely.
He was telling everyone that he, "was a big boy because he poops in the potty but Daniel was still wearing a baby diaper."
Where the heck did that come from?!
We've tried again and again with Daniel with no success.
Before Christmas I asked Daniel if he knew what mommy wanted 'the most of all' for Christmas. He replied with, "What?" I said, "Mommy really wants you to poop in the potty." He gave me the most pathetic, 'You're really not going to like this answer' look followed by, "No." Then reached up and put his arm around my neck, leaned in and said, "How about a necklace?"
I laughed so hard that I almost wet his bed!
We tried again a couple of weeks ago...spent the weekend cleaning urine off the floor - Allow me to recommend hardwood floors people - It's worth the extra money in the long run!
I've all but given up.
However, On three different occasions I have discovered him coming out of the bathroom with his diaper undone and when asked he says that he went pee-pee in the potty.
There is hope.
The last time was a couple of days ago when I walked into my bathroom to find him in front of my potty, pants down to his knees, diaper open on one side.
He looked at me and said, "Little help here" and looked down at his diaper.
Yes sweetie I will give you a little help!
Now...can you please poop in the potty?!