Well it has been 2 weeks since we have been on our new "potty plan" and Raelyn has responded fantastically! Very quickly she caught onto the new regiment and looked forward to going downstairs to relieve and get to play with her favorite tug toy after doing her business.
She even started giving signals indicating that she wants to go downstairs and relieve. She will get antsy while on tie-down or will stair down the stairs if we are playing. Pretty cool! Keeping her on tie-down or in the crate and not letting her wander around if she hasn't immediately gone is key since she still will go pee in the kitchen if allowed to (unfortunately found that out yesterday).
She can easily hold it for more than 2 hours at a time and had no trouble switching to the new program. Yay! So we still have work to do and have to be vigilant about making sure we set Raelyn up for success, but things are looking MUCH better than they did just a few weeks ago. Hurrah! :)