I read up on potty training before we started with our first child, and found one resource that really spoke to me - Oh Crap! Potty Training by Jamie Glowacki It is exactly the kind of parenting we subscribe to - honest, no rewards, no drama. You can buy it on Amazon. She and we also love this one - Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi. Jamie also has an amazing You Tube channel. My son did not have issues with poop, but my daughter did, and this play doh trick is so good. Also you can never have enough stools, we love this from Ikea.
My kids both dislike the potty chairs so we have one we were given at my sons baby shower but neither really used it. They like the feeling of the cold hard seat on their bums apparently!
It is very strange being out of diapers for the last time. Though I have found the size of bag you have to carry with you really doesn't change, because you still have to bring snacks, a just in case change of clothes for the two year old, and water, etc. Its really just that you don't have to carry a diaper bag, which is still life changing! Let me know if you have any great fits everything still stylish bags you recommend - I am in the market!
The next milestone is a transatlantic flight for my daughter - pray for us...