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Obituary for Peter Aaron Nichols
Peter Aaron Nichols 3/17/2015-3/17/2015 Our baby Peter arrived earlier than expected on St. Patrick’s Day. His expected due date was June 16th, 2015. Due to pregnancy complications we had been admitted to the hospital to closely monitor both my and Peter’s health and keep him growing as long as possible. We received the best medications to mature his lungs and body, and were greatly encouraged that we passed the more critical windows and greatly improved the chances of him thriving. We stayed in the hospital for over two weeks, and were thrilled that he kept passing major growth and development mile stones that would increase his odds of doing well in this world. We and the doctors had very high expectations, and though we anticipated a long NICU stay, we never imagined that Peter would spend such a short time with us in this world. We were at the best possible hospital receiving the best possible care. And we felt overwhelming peace from our God of miracles that Peter was a very strong boy and very capable of doing well. Early on the morning of the 17th, I went into labor and we knew Peter would be delivered that very day. A few hours later, we were surprised that we required an emergency cesarean section. We knew this was the best for both Peter and me. During the midst of chaos of getting to the operating room, multiple doctors assured me that everything would be ok and that as soon as I woke up Peter would be with us. Peter, our strong little fighter, was born at 9:49am. He was born nice and pink, crying, with a heartbeat, and even breathing. But Peter’s body was just not strong enough for this world. As he started to need help with breathing, he did not respond to any of the life saving measures that the doctors provided. Around 25 people in the room worked as hard as they could to save him, but God had a better plan for Peter. He had called him home to Heaven. At 10:20am, his spirit departed and he was given to Aaron to hold and love. I was later awoke from the anesthesia and too had a chance to love and hold our sweet, perfect little baby boy. All four of Peter’s loving grandparents and big sister were able to hold and love our tiny little miracle boy. Peter weighed 2 pounds 5.7 ounces, and was 14 inches long. Words cannot express how beautiful and perfect he was. It is an utter mystery to our family and the doctors as to why he wouldn’t respond to treatment. The impact his 31 minutes of life lasted will never be forgotten. We have great faith it is because God knew Peter’s exact time on this earth was meant to be short. Though it was short, it will filled to the brim and overflowing with love. Peter’s two year old brother would kiss my stomach and sing to him. Peter’s six year old sister would also sing to him, and our entire family would talk to him and tell him that he was loved. Peter even recognized our voices. We all felt him kick, and had the incredible opportunity to hear him even hiccup. Peter was an incredible blessing who was alive and happy. We praise and thank God with each breath for sharing Peter with us. We thank God for His incredible mercy that Peter was never poked and prodded, and never had to experience pain. He will always be missed and loved, and we anxiously await the day that we will see him face to face in Eternity. Peter is survived by his parents, Aaron and Rebekah Nichols, siblings Hannah and Jonah, grandparents Bob and Debbie Nichols, grandparents Char and Will Bliss, nine cousins, aunts Liz Ashley, Rachel Ashley, Stephanie Bliss, Kristen Wynkoop, Corrine, Kaitlyn, Alyssa, Janelle Nichols, uncles Jacob Bliss, Allen Nichols, Brian Nichols, Nathan Ashley, and Jacob Wynkoop, and great grandmothers Ruth Bliss, Judy Savage, Jerry Nichols and Barbara Van De Wege. He is also survived by many other loving extended family members and incredible friends.
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