Samuel Lighttiser – My Nephew

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DSCN0920This week I’m in Florida trying to help out with my new nephew Sam Lighttiser.  He was born on October 22, 2007 and we were down to visit back in November when he was only a few weeks old.

His father has already made a website for him at and you can see more pictures there.  But I thought I’d post a few here as well.  These are from our first visit in November.


As you can see from the above, we took him for his first trip to IKEA when he was less than a month old.  You never can start too young when it comes to IKEA!  By the way, Sandy (my wife) is on the right, Susan (Sam’s mom) is on the left.


This week he’s looking a little bigger of course.  In fact, his mom and dad tell us that when he went for his last doctor visit, the doctor said that 90% of babies his age are smaller than him.


Cute little guy, eh?


So far things have gone well.  At this age, he sleeps, wakes up, takes his bottle (as his grandma illustrates here), gets changed, plays with Uncle Corey, takes a walk with Uncle Corey and Aunt Sandy (see below), and goes back to sleep. 

Repeat every three hours.

That’s about it.  Pretty fun, actually.  He’s very good natured and a pleasure to be with.


I’m getting some work on my blogs while I’m away.  I’m also doing work for my clients in between playing and walking and in the evenings – when Sam’s dad comes home.

DSCN0935This is my favorite little item.  He goes in this quite often when it is time to go to sleep. 

It actually vibrates a little and plays great little songs like “Go to sleep…  go to sleep…” and “Twinkle, twinkle, little star”.

The top part makes little bubble noises and spins little toys.

I’m a little jealous of this thing.  I’m quite sure that if they made an adult version I could easily fall asleep in it.  As you can see, it works well for him. 

They also swaddle him when it’s time to sleep.  It keeps him from swinging his arms and legs and waking himself up.  Below is a better look at how the swaddle works.  It’s basically like a straight jacket for babies.


Overall, he seems pretty happy, doesn’t he?


And lastly, here’s a little video of him on his dresser just after getting changed.  You can see how well he is starting to hold himself up….