Stacy, when you were telling about your daughter waking up to Coal...I got tears in my eyes...what a beautiful gift. She will remember this forever! And your son...how adorable is that? "Little fellow"...tooo cute!
I agree with Tinaweena, whenever you take him out to potty, make it potty only. Then once finished, he can run around and play, but at night he needs to go right back to bed. My dogs learned "nite, nite" and when I tell them, they run to their sleeping place.
Sounds like you will have a pretty easy time of training Coal!
I hope that everyone in your family gets well soon, and that you don't catch it!