Well, it played out just like everyone tells you- "It will happen overnight- when she is ready." I'm not sure who was more ready- me or Ava. I was definitely sick of buying diapers and even more sick of changing them on my gargantuanly large 2 1/2 year old.
After much frustration and bribery, I just didn't know what else to do to get my kid to use the potty. But I was determined. I wanted to oust the diaper expense from our budget and parade Ava around in cute little under gutchies. My sister swears she told me to use a timer a long time ago, but somehow I don't recall this directive. Anyway, I started setting the "potty timer" every 30 minutes. When it beeped I told Ava that it was time to sit on the potty and try to go. This was barely any effort at all and she didn't put up a fuss. There were times that she said she didn't have to go, so I just set the timer for an additional 10 minutes or so. It worked like magic. She was a little afraid of her poop but who isn't. Sometimes shit hurts! Nothing that a good book and some candy can't cure.
I can count the number of accidents she has had on one hand. I don't even use the timer anymore (that lasted maybe a week). She comes to me and tells me she has to go. We took a trip to Target last week and as we were approaching Elderton, Ava announces from the back seat, "I have to pee." Sweet!@#$ The only option was the very shady Corner Convenience Store in Elderton. I had to do it. It was a little dark, cramped and dirty, but I just held her over the toilet and she went! When we finally got to Target I promptly purchased some disposable Dora adhesive toilet liners for scary toilet situations.
Ava has even been staying dry throughout the night! A couple nights ago she woke up at 1 a.m. and told me she had to pee and poop. I rubbed my eyes, stumbled through the hall, tripped on some shoes and sat her on the potty. Sure enough, she did what she said she had to do! Diaperless is awesome!!!