In Loving Memory of

Nicholas Alexander Arnold

June 26, 2001 - Nov 07, 2002

Nicholas's Story

Nicholas’ life began on Tuesday, June 26, 2001 along with his twin brother Frankie. They were surprise identical twin babies who were a gift from God. They were born in Burbank, California. We moved to New York when they were 3 months old.

Nicholas was first at 6 lbs. 1 ounce, Frankie one minute later at 5 lbs 9 ounces. They were identical twins both healthy and energetic. Nicholas had a smile that could light up the room; his laugh was hardy; when he crawled he pounded the ground so hard and when he could finally walk, he was so strong he would push heavy chairs around. He was very smart and knew how to say many words for someone so young. Of course, he’d say mama and dada, he could also say, papa, pop-el (for purple), bubble for bubbles (and anything else round and edible.) He called his cousin Jessica, “Ca Ca” and his brother “brudda.” He loved music and dancing, they both did, The Wiggles were their favorite band. They’d bounce on their little rear-ends or while standing they’d bounce up and down, they were always very rhythmic. In fact they rocked in their highchairs even when there wasn’t any music on! They had their own beat going. Nicholas also liked Barney. They were both spellbound by the Baby Einstein videos and used to watch one every night before they went to sleep.

Nicholas was a very happy boy, full of character and charisma, he had so much potential. He could’ve been anything he wanted to be. He had such a love for life and he was thrilled by everything; balls, bubbles, balloons, animals and music. Everything was a big deal to him and he got excited over all of these things. Nicholas was the leader while his brother, Frankie followed and tried to keep up with him. They were never far apart from each other.

Nicholas fell asleep on the evening of November 6, 2002 and did not wake up the next morning. He was so young, so innocent, they classified his death as natural causes – SUDC. Doesn’t sound very natural to us. Everyone was so shocked and saddened by Nicholas’ passing. We wish with all of our hearts that he were still here with us laughing, playing and running around.

I will never forget him, my sweet little Nickel (I liked to call him that), now I look for signs that his spirit is still with us. We love you and miss you Nicholas.

Whenever a song came on, even a commercial on tv, Connor would dance and scream in excitement. His favorite toy was a ball tower that played his favorite music.  We still cherish the video of him dancing with his ball tower. For his first birthday, we gave him an Elmo CD that had his name in every song. He LOVED it! He was so much fun!

He enjoyed walks outside and splashing in the pool or bathtub. He loved going to the park and went down a slide by himself for the very first time just the day before that fateful day. He loved going to baseball games, and got to attend 3 in his lifetime! He loved the beach and even got to go to Myrtle Beach, SC twice the summer we lost him. He had just learned to walk the month he passed and we can still see him tottering on the beach, learning to walk on the uneven surface. He hated sand on his hands and every time he would fall, he would look to me to wipe the sand from his fingers. That didn’t deter him from trying though, and we spent the majority of one afternoon practicing our walking along the beach. By the end of our walk, there was so much sand on our clothes from wiping the sand from his hands, I accidentally wiped some into his eyes while trying to dry his face from a wave. He was right back out there only moments later, chasing his brother and the waves. We had a wonderful time on vacation and were so grateful for a reason to take so many photos that week.

We had just returned from the beach on Monday.  Our bags were still packed in the hallway.  We lost him on Wednesday.

Visit the links below to view some of the special ways we have chosen to remember Nicholas.

  • Poems for Nicholas
    • Sweet Baby Nicholas, by Denise Schultiesz
    • To Mother and Father(on the death of their child) by Father L.J. Flynn
  • Tree Dedication
  • Bench
  • Quilt-The first quilt on display in Rockefeller Center in New York City.  The second quilt is a traveling quilt used by the SUDC Foundation for various events.

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