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.