Amanda Kloots pays a tribute to the two most important men in her life. On Sunday, the fitness instructor shared the striking resemblance her son, Elvis shares with his father, Broadway star, Nick Cordero, in a side-by-side photo on Instagram. Nick tragically passed away last month due to COVID-19 complications, after battling for his life for more than 95 days in hospital. He was 41 at the time.
“A piece of Nick that is still alive”
In the Instagram caption, Kloots mentioned that the photo, which was sent to her via direct message by one of her followers, ‘took her breath away.’
“I have said from the beginning that Elvis is a mini Nick but WOW this side by side sealed the deal,” she wrote. Amanda and Nick welcomed Elvis in June of last year.
In the photo, Nick and Elvis flashed similar facial expressions at the camera and Amanda admitted that Elvis has continued to do that particular look a lot. “I’ve noticed now that Elvis does this look a lot to me. When he is playing and I call his name to look at me or we are cuddling in bed and he looks up at me. It makes my heart melt ❤️. I feel so lucky to have Elvis in my life,” the mother of one said, adding that her son is “a piece of Nick that is still alive.”
“I am so grateful for that,” she said. “I am trying to find the things in my life that I am grateful for through this difficult time when nothing seems right. I always start my day with a positive quote but I am going to start adding in what I am grateful for to remind me that there are always blessings even in the most difficult of times.”
“I lost my husband. Elvis lost his father, but today I realized we lost our family”
Amanda’s post comes just days after the professional dancer opened up about her experience with grief on her Instagram. In the heartbreaking confessional, Kloots, who married Nick in 2017, admitted that the tragic loss has left her ‘unable to think or move.’
“Every day, as I process this loss more and more, I realize new things that are hitting me on a daily basis. I lost my husband. Elvis lost his father, but today I realized we lost our family,” she wrote in a heartbreaking note on Instagram last week. “We didn’t really even get to be a family. We won’t have those memories that I dreamed of since Elvis was born. This hit me hard. It stung like a horrible bug bite actually.” Amanda said that she decided to upload her message to Instagram in the ‘hopes that if anyone else can relate’ or is dealing with unimaginable loss. They are not alone.
Elvis’s First Words
However, there has been some good news for Kloots in the past few weeks. Like when the toddler said his first words last weekend.
“Elvis said his first words today!! Listen closely!” she wrote on Instagram, sharing a video of Elvis looking at a picture of the late Broadway star on a picture lamp as he starts to speak. “He pointed at Nick in our new picture light and said ‘right there.’ He hasn’t seen Nick since March 30th. The fact that he still knows who his Dada is, point to him and give him a kiss to me is amazing.”