WARNING: Lots of talk of poop. You've been warned.
About 2 months ago I got a small potty chair for Donovan. I know, he's only 15 months old, it's way early, etc. Really, I'm implementing Diaper-Free Before Three's first "step" which is to simply have the potty around, let him sit in it every once in a while, basically just get him familiar with it and know it as a regular part of our home. I have a semi-plan to get more aggressive about potty-training by the time he's 2yrs old, but we're taking our time and I will always follow his lead on this and not push him if he's not ready.
Anyway, so yeah right now he doesn't even really sit on it every day. Sometimes when he's in the bathroom with me he'll go to sit on it with his clothes on, and I might take his diaper off to let him see how that feels, and that's about it. There was one time a month or so ago when Zach was getting D ready for his bath, and with all his clothes off D went to the potty, sat, and peed. Hasn't happened again.
Then the other day I was reading D a story and noticed he was kinda shifting his body around and straining a bit. I asked him if he was pooping, and if he wanted to go to the potty. He looked at me, looked in the direction of our bathroom, and got up to start walking towards it. This alone AMAZED me. By the time we got there I think he was already done, but I let him sit on the potty diaper-free for a few minutes anyway while we kept looking at the same book, then got him dressed again and went on about our day.
Today I noticed him doing it again-- shifting around and straining, etc. I asked if he wanted to use the potty, and he again immediately got up and started walking towards it. I took his diaper off and sat him down and we kept looking at his book. After a few minutes I noticed that he'd pooped in the potty. And, well, it was kind of a lot. As a side note, he's been having a little trouble pooping lately-- not really constipated, but sometimes he'll just strain a little with nothing coming out and when he did poop it'd be smallish and fairly firm. I've read that the position of sitting on a potty with feet on the floor, etc, is in itself conducive to pooping, and it think it really did help him do so today.
He of course then tried to stick his hand in the poop, which I promptly stopped while at the same time trying to also tell him how neat it was that he'd pooped in the potty. I got him cleaned and dressed, and then after I'd also cleaned the potty he came back into the bathroom and kept wanting to sit on it again. lol
I have no idea if this might be the start of an association with him, or just a random event that won't be repeated for a while. We'll see. But I was proud enough to want to come share the story with all you lovely people, which I'm sure you appreciate greatly. ; )