I know it's entirely common in potty training, so I'm not looking for sympathy, just an outlet.
Micaiah, it would seem, has decided, once again, that she just plain doesn't care.
For quite awhile she had been going when we asked (not always happily, but she'd do it anyway) and even had begun running herself to the potty when she knew she needed it. She was no longer even demanding a reward. Being a big girl, it would seem, was its own reward. We were living in a fantasy land of few accidents, dry underwear and happy parents.
Apparently the dream is over.
About a week ago she began going in her pants to defy us - if she was sent to time-out or told to sit in her booster seat until she'd finished her sandwich, she would sometimes emerge with wet pants. This, of course, was frustrating.
And then, just yesterday, she began just letting go - whenever she felt like it - and not telling anyone about it. She would be spotted with a large dark spot on her pants and, when questioned as to why she chose not to tell anyone, would shrug her shoulders and say, "I was playing." She did not go in the potty once yesterday - despite being sent to try numerous times (usually that's all it takes).
Oh, if ever there is a moment in child-rearing when you just want to throw in the towel and ship them to potty-training boot camp, that was it.
This girl is the most stubborn being on the planet. I have no idea where she gets it - I was certainly never that way (don't ask my parents, they're getting senile in their old age).