A few weeks ago Lukas began to take more interest while his mother or I were 'going about our business'. He would find it fascinating to watch us finish up, flush the toilet and (only because he was watching) announce "Bye bye pee pee" or "Bye bye poo poo".
Previous to that we hadn't thought he was anywhere close to being ready for potty training (um, "potty learning"), but this new found awareness convinced us to pull out the toddler potty that a neighbor had passed on to us, as well as a couple of potty books that we picked up in the past few months.
We asked him if he wanted to sit on the potty, to which he enthusiastically replied "Yeah!" He sat there and we read him his potty books and, of course, nothing happened. He did remain interested though, and has done regular duty (no pun intended) on his 'seat'.
We are by no means pushing Lukas on this at this point, but rather letting him choose to try and use the potty when he feels like it. In the morning and before he goes to bed at night, we will ask him if he needs to use the potty, which he will usually reply "yes." He will push and grunt with "I'm giving it all I've got!" abandon (while Mrs. LIAYF and I attempt to stifle our laughs) and has, on several occasions, succeeded in his efforts.
However, we recognize that this is a far cry from him recognizing when he really has to go and letting us know beforehand, which he still doesn't do.
For now, though, it is a great start to basic training and gives us hope that he will be out of his diapers on the early side of the curve. That would be a nice bonus since he is still in cloth diapers, the cost of which can certainly add up. Every little bit counts.
Especially when you are trying so hard.