Welcome the Newest Member of the McKay Family and AoM Team: Augustus George McKay

by Brett & Kate McKay on October 27, 2010 · 324 comments

in Blog

Hey everyone. You may have noticed the radio silence the past few days. There’s a perfectly good reason for it.

Yesterday at 6:10 PM Kate and I welcomed our first child into the world. His name is Augustus George McKay. We’re calling him Gus.

Gus weighed in at 7 lbs 10 oz and measured 22 inches in length. He’s also devilishly handsome. Mom and baby are doing great. Mom and dad are tired, but we can’t stop grinning from ear to ear.

We’re taking some time off to get to know this little guy, but we’ll be back really soon! In the mean time, check out our archives. We have nearly 1,000 articles on the site and you can spend hours browsing and reading the manly info we have there. That should keep you busy while we’re gone.

Kate and I feel  blessed and excited to have Gus in our family. Please give a warm AoM welcome to Gus McKay!

{ 324 comments… read them below or add one }

1 PB October 27, 2010 at 2:39 pm


2 Jeremy Adams October 27, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Excellent! Congratulations! My wife and I are expecting our first child (a boy) in late December, and we too are looking forward to it. Your downtime will definitely be worth it for your boy.

3 Liam October 27, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Congratulations, spend as much time with your boy as you can you have so much to enjoy. Best wishes to you all

4 Matt Holland October 27, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Congratulations! And welcome, Gus!

5 Justin! October 27, 2010 at 2:50 pm


6 Nod October 27, 2010 at 2:50 pm


I’m wondering if your son’s august name was influenced at all by the character Augustus McCrae (aka Gus) in the novel Lonesome Dove? McCrae, McKay – very close. Just sayin’.

Very manly, btw.

7 Luke D October 27, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Congratulations on the new little man.

8 Andrew S. October 27, 2010 at 2:51 pm

He’ll be the manliest of all of us in the end with parents like that.

9 RML October 27, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Nothing more manly than being a Dad … Well done, sir.

10 John Clanton October 27, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Congrats, sir!

11 shan October 27, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Such a blessing!! Congrats to you all!!

12 Steve Cianca October 27, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Congratulations, Brett. There’s nothing like fatherhood to make a man out of you. And a warm welcome to our newest man-in-training. Raising a son is a wonderful thing. God bless you and your family.

13 Sam Cox October 27, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Welcome to the world, Gus. I think you’ll like it here.

14 Bryan October 27, 2010 at 3:02 pm


15 Nathan October 27, 2010 at 3:05 pm


16 Paul October 27, 2010 at 3:08 pm


17 Guy October 27, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Hey you, with the pretty face – welcome to the human race!

18 Erik, Sweden October 27, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Have been following this site for awhile and I think this is a good time to break the silence!

Congratulations on your first born :)

Greetings from Sweden!

19 Christina Boggs October 27, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Congrats you guys!

20 Igor October 27, 2010 at 3:15 pm


21 Thomas October 27, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Congrats! I’m glad he will grow up learning the art of manliness!

22 Jason October 27, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Congrats to you and the Mrs. I’m sure you’ll make an excellent father and role model. For goodness sakes, look at how you inspire so many of us to be better men!

Thanks for all the hard work you do for us, and congrats again!

23 Dan Grabowski October 27, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Congratulations to both you and the wife. Glad to hear everything went okay.

On a seperate note, I’m glad to hear that radio silence may no longer be in effect.

24 Jordan October 27, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Congratulations on the new addition to the family!

25 Michael October 27, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Congratulations Kate and Brett!

Gus may well become the best-raised young man in history. Don’t forget to take good care of yourselves too!

26 Zach October 27, 2010 at 3:25 pm

A hearty congratulations to you both! A wonderfully manly name, but the way.

27 Jeremy October 27, 2010 at 3:30 pm


28 Ryan October 27, 2010 at 3:30 pm


29 Joe D. October 27, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Congrats! Now the real fun starts!

30 Edmond Dantes October 27, 2010 at 3:36 pm

Congrats. What a great name, shared with some great men from history!

31 Eric October 27, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Outstanding. Congratulations.
I know that you did not chooose his name lightly. How about a post explaining your choice?

32 Kirk October 27, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Congrats and welcome to the world Gus! My wife and I welcomed our baby girl, Lillian, into the world on 10-10-10.

33 Mr Oblivious October 27, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Congratulations! …and a nice Manly Name for him, too! :)

34 Anthony October 27, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Congratulations! Awesome name too, sounds manly.

35 Tom October 27, 2010 at 3:52 pm


36 Michael October 27, 2010 at 3:52 pm

I just did the same thing 3 weeks ago! My first, but a little girl. Don’t worry, the smile won’t wear off in 3 weeks.

37 Shauna October 27, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Congrats to you both! Enjoy every minute with little Gus. The time goes by so quickly. I have a sign in my kitchen to remind me: With kids, the days are long and the years are short.

Welcome, Gus!

38 mantic59 October 27, 2010 at 3:57 pm

Awwwwww…. :) Congrats!

39 Dad of DIvas October 27, 2010 at 4:08 pm


40 Judson R. October 27, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Congrats Brett and Kate! And welcome to the world Gus! I have no doubt your parents will raise you to be the best and manliest of us all.

41 Mike G. October 27, 2010 at 4:14 pm


42 John October 27, 2010 at 4:22 pm

Congratulations new parents! Raising your son with lessons learned from this marvelous website will put Gus in good stead for the future.

43 Mike H October 27, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Congrats and Gus is a great name. I had an Uncle Gus. He was a great man.

44 K. M. Jones October 27, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Congratulations. The ultimate manly act is to raise a fine child to be an asset to society. Your journey is beginning. Enjoy it.

45 Greg K., PA October 27, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Congratulations and best wishes! Also, if I may say so, excellent name choice – strong, manly, interesting, good history, and somewhat on the unique side these days, but without the absurdity of most of today’s “unique” names. In my humble opinion, you’ve started him off right.

46 Lisa October 27, 2010 at 4:29 pm


I’m going to bed $5 that you named him after Augustus from Lonesome Dove.

47 Lisa October 27, 2010 at 4:30 pm

bet! not bed. argh. time to go to bed.

48 Nate October 27, 2010 at 4:36 pm


49 John October 27, 2010 at 4:37 pm

How wonderful. God bless you all!

50 Neal Bixler October 27, 2010 at 4:37 pm


51 Spencer Powers October 27, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Congrats, McKays!

52 Jon B October 27, 2010 at 4:39 pm

I agree with Shauna. :D

Congratulations and enjoy the deserved break!

53 Tony Weidman October 27, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Gus must have got his good looks from you. Momma still has hers! Congrats Brett! Don’t blink because they grow up fast!

54 Jonathan Sutton October 27, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Dude that is so exciting. I became a dad to my son Evan six months ago and although it has had some very hard moments it is very exiting and worthwile. I love your site but I understand and encourage you taking the time off to be a husband and father.

If you don’t mind i’d like to give a plug for my wife’s website heartbeatportraits.com as a great resource for those that want to give a unique gift to a new or expecting mother. Thanks. -Jonathan

55 Philip Moon October 27, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Congratulations, Brett. You deserve some time off doing this blog to attend to your fatherly duties.

56 reggie williams October 27, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Congrats! I bet little brett is manlier than most of the guys I know already. Hope to hear from you again soon.

57 Linards October 27, 2010 at 5:00 pm


58 nrepose October 27, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Child birth is an amazing event and I want to congratulate you and your wife. I have a 2 year old and a 1 month old that are both beautiful gifts. I wish you luck and happiness with your new son, your life is about to get very interesting. Nr

59 Matthew October 27, 2010 at 5:02 pm

Congrats Brett and Kate!! With the support of the AoM community, you are well prepared for this wonderful journey on which you have just embarked.

60 Elder Greg October 27, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Congrats to you both! May the Lord bless and keep you all!

61 Blake Bottomley October 27, 2010 at 5:28 pm

Congratulations to both of you! Your son is extremely lucky to have such fine parents such as yourselves.

62 Mato Tope October 27, 2010 at 5:36 pm

Fantastic! Congratulations to you both.

63 Mikey October 27, 2010 at 5:42 pm


64 rax989 October 27, 2010 at 5:44 pm


65 Justin October 27, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Congratulations to you both!

66 Aaron M. October 27, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Congrats to you and Kate! It’s been almost 9 months since my wife and I welcomed our little guy, and it gets better every day (even the tough ones)!

67 Mike R October 27, 2010 at 5:53 pm

Congrats!!! Gus is an awesome manly name. God Bless you and your growing family.

68 Nate October 27, 2010 at 5:56 pm

Congratulations! Enjoy the time with your family!

69 Nate October 27, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Congrats! Augustus George is an awesome manly name! Enjoy the time with your family!

70 Ben October 27, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Congrats! Now you’re in the world of fatherhood.

71 Larry October 27, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Welcome, Gus. Congratulations, mom and dad.

72 Guillaume Brunet October 27, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Congratulations and Best Wishes to your newly expanded family.

73 Mike D October 27, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Congrats and best wishes

74 Paul October 27, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Your life will never be the same – it will be enhanced beyond measure. Blessings on you, your new son, and your wife.

=Paul – SilkRegimental

75 Ian October 27, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Here’s to you, sir!

76 Jimmy L October 27, 2010 at 6:24 pm


77 Hans Hageman October 27, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Wonderful! Congratulations.

78 Andy J October 27, 2010 at 6:38 pm

There is nothing more manly than raising a child– Take all the time you need. We’ll be waiting for you. Congratulations!

79 Jian October 27, 2010 at 7:05 pm


80 Robert Palmar October 27, 2010 at 7:22 pm

The world is a better place
now that Brett and Kate
have given it Augustus.

Augustus is a blessing to be sure.
He too is blessed to have you as parents.
And being a son to have you as a father, Brett.

With you Brett as his father, Augustus,
a name that means great, is sure
to become a super man …..

You will travel far, my little Augustus.
But we will never leave you, even in the face of our deaths.

The richness of our lives shall be yours. All that I have, all that
I’ve learned, everything I feel — all this and more I bequeath you, my son.

You will carry me inside you all the days of your life. You will make
my strength your own, and see my life through your eyes,
as your life will be seen through mine.

The son becomes the father, the father becomes the son.
This is all I can send you, Augustus.

81 Andrew L October 27, 2010 at 7:27 pm

That boy is going to be one of the manliest men that the world has ever seen.

82 Gus October 27, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Congratulations, and good luck!

Your son and I happen to share the exact same name – my full name is Augustus but I go by Gus. Great choice!

83 Thomas Connolly October 27, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Welcome Gus! Congratulations to Mom and Dad! And so it begins…. ;)

84 Samuel Graebner October 27, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Congratulations! Fantastic name.

85 Eric Granata October 27, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Congrats! We are so happy for you!

86 Emily & Matt October 27, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Brett & Kate!! Congrats from Texas. We are both so happy for you! Can’t wait to meet this little Gus in person. As long as someone in the family is having kids Matt and I don’t have too! I mean it’s hard enough raising a 31 year old husband! Congrats again! Can’t wait to see you three!

87 David Hirsch October 27, 2010 at 8:10 pm

May the years ahead bring your family nothing but joy as your new arrival grows and learns.
Please tell the Mrs. that our family sends our best wishes and prayers for great health and calm nights ahead.

88 JK October 27, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Awesome. Bet he came out with a 5 o’clock shadow.

89 Paul II October 27, 2010 at 8:35 pm


90 Todd October 27, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Welcome aboard Gus! Thanks Brett and Kate for sharing.

91 Mark October 27, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Congratulations to you both!

92 Witka October 27, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Congratulations to you, Brett and Kate, and a warm welcome to Augustus!

93 Alex V October 27, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Congrats guys

94 Martin Schatz October 27, 2010 at 9:28 pm

Congratulations Brett & Kate!

95 Jimmm October 27, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Brett and Kate, best of luck…and here’s hoping for a little sleep now and then for all of you…and not just when you least expect it ;-D

96 Dave October 27, 2010 at 9:48 pm


97 SW October 27, 2010 at 10:01 pm

Awesome! And great name, very manly!

98 Matt October 27, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Enjoy your downtime from the site. Many congratulations to you both.

99 mike October 27, 2010 at 10:25 pm

Congratulations McKays. Welcome to the world, Gus. May you grow to be a man as good as your dad.

100 Frank October 27, 2010 at 10:37 pm


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