And they are both beautifully innocent.
Sometime in the not-too-distant future, Nicholas will commit his very first sin. I don't mean this Biblically; I simply mean that this perfectly aloof baby will soon develop sufficient consciousness to know right from wrong - and that he, being human, will inevitably choose the latter on occasion. Free will leads to smudged souls approximately 100 percent of the time.
This is, of course, normal. And fine - incredible even. My wife and I will have the privilege of watching Nicholas make his mistakes, face his challenges, discover his talents and ultimately claim his individuality.
I once heard that the only honest relationship status, on Facebook or otherwise, is "It's complicated." Nicholas will soon slide into this muddied category. He'll defy as a toddler, lie in middle school, rebel in his teens. My wife and I will simultaneously come to admire his increasing independence while mourning, however selfishly, the purity of his infancy. We'll learn firsthand that the only constant in parenthood is constant change.