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

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

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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 }

101 Ken F. October 27, 2010 at 10:44 pm

Congratulations to you, Brett and Kate! You’ve just entered a new universe. Your lives will never be the same, and you both will be better for it. As a father of a young son myself, I will impart this one piece of advice… You can never have enough diapers in the house! Cheers!

102 Cat October 27, 2010 at 11:10 pm

Congrats to you both!

103 Jack October 27, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Congratulations! You’re a hero. Wonderful name as well.

104 Gil October 27, 2010 at 11:13 pm

Hail, the new Caesar!

105 Ray Crego October 27, 2010 at 11:13 pm

Congrats Brett and Kate!! Best of luck to the three of you.

p.s. Awesome name.

106 Rob October 27, 2010 at 11:37 pm

Mazel Tov Brett and Kate! So did you already sign him up for scouts or do you have to wait until he’s a week old? ;)

107 Ryan October 27, 2010 at 11:39 pm

Congratulations Bret and Kate!

108 chris October 27, 2010 at 11:42 pm

And you thought you had your hands full with AoM. hahaha. enjoy the little man! and congrats!

109 Tan Yee Hou October 27, 2010 at 11:50 pm

Welcome Gus!


110 Ellias Karwashan October 28, 2010 at 12:05 am

Congrats Brett! Your website has always had fantastic information on how to be a great father. Every reader here knows that you will be one and that Gus will grow up to be as awesome as his parents are. You are a role model for lots of men out there. Gus is a lucky kid to have a guy like you raising him.

Congrats again!

111 Katy October 28, 2010 at 12:29 am

Congrats! And great name. My sister had her first baby earlier this year and also used Augustus and we all call him Gus.

112 Nathan October 28, 2010 at 12:44 am

Congratulations! And welcome, Augustus!

113 Carlo d. October 28, 2010 at 12:59 am

Congrats Brett and Kate! What a blessing for your FAMILY!

114 Lucas October 28, 2010 at 1:00 am

Congrats to you both! And to Gus, welcome to the world! Its a pretty great place to be once you get the hang of it!

115 michael October 28, 2010 at 1:05 am

Awesome, your world has officially changed for the better.

116 Tara October 28, 2010 at 1:10 am

THIS IS HOW I FIND OUT??!!!!! I am over the moon excited for you guys! We REALLY need to catch up more often! I was seriously talking to John about you guys just this week and telling him how much I wished I could talk to you! Congrats Congrats Congrats!

117 Neal Christiansen October 28, 2010 at 1:51 am

Congratulations to you and your (now larger) family. All the best of luck!

118 Rahul October 28, 2010 at 1:53 am

Hey Guys, Congrats!!!! Wish you all the best. :-)

119 Rahul October 28, 2010 at 1:55 am

Wow!!! Look at the magic of the internet. I actually feel happy for people I have never met and who live on the other side of the world. Congrats once again.

120 Cy October 28, 2010 at 1:59 am


Gus is in good hands! Something tells me this kid is going to grow up to be a great man.

121 avi October 28, 2010 at 2:18 am

Welcome aboard, Gus!
Mazal tov.

122 Pat October 28, 2010 at 2:22 am

Congratulations…enjoy every minute of it!

123 Matt October 28, 2010 at 2:25 am

Many happy returns! My wife and I just had our first child (a boy also) a little over two weeks ago. I have to admit that I am very pleased to have a son and to know that there are still real men in the world for him to look up to. Thank you for all you do and good luck with your (our) new adventure.

124 Matt October 28, 2010 at 2:39 am

Congrats Brett and Kay!

125 Kristoffer Andre October 28, 2010 at 3:37 am

Oioi… Job well done then, and congratulations all around from Norway.

126 Luck October 28, 2010 at 4:17 am

Although there already have been plenty of ‘em, I’d like to add my Congratulations.
Be sure to be a good daddy.
And choose a cool Godfather. (I recently read an article ’bout that around here).


127 Rosalyn October 28, 2010 at 4:27 am

Congratulations: no doubt he’ll be one of the manliest around! Is there already a post on the art of being a great daddy? Or maybe you could start working on it now!

128 Steve J October 28, 2010 at 4:34 am

Congratulations you two! How wonderful to see such joyous news!
Excellent choice on the name too. Bravo!

129 Jarrett October 28, 2010 at 5:13 am

Congrats! First thing he needs to do when he is able to read is peruse this site and learn everything he can about being a man. Can’t wait to raise a son, when I’m ready.

130 Barney October 28, 2010 at 5:14 am

Congratulations to you all. The wee man has some dad there.

131 Dennis October 28, 2010 at 5:20 am

Congratulations on God’s blessing in your life, a son to love, to watch grow, and to send into the world as an humble and compassionate man!

132 The Gar9y October 28, 2010 at 5:21 am


Take your time…we’ll be here when you get back :-)

Happy Birthday, Gus!!!

133 Paul October 28, 2010 at 5:24 am

Congratulations Brett and Kate and welcome to Gus.

As a father of two sons myself I can tell you that you have some great times ahead.

As others have said, take all the time you need, we’ll be here when you get back. AoM is the best blog on the internet as far as I’m concerned.

134 Kyle October 28, 2010 at 5:29 am

Way to go, dude. Looks like the kid’s already got himself a fine role model for a father.

135 Jeff Tabor October 28, 2010 at 5:32 am

My warmest congratulations to you! Enjoy your time getting to know your son, he’ll grow up faster than you can believe…

136 Oliver October 28, 2010 at 5:36 am

Congratulations McKay family! What a great name for a young man. Take care.

137 Farfisel October 28, 2010 at 5:50 am

A warm welcome to Gus!
A beautiful occasion to find out how theories of manliness can be filled with new life! And what kind of parents you could be besides the imaginations pf parentship you have had so far. ;-)

138 Mikkel Nordvig October 28, 2010 at 6:10 am

Congratulations and best wishes to you all! And to you Mister McKay Sr. Godspeed in this new and demanding, rewarding and defining dimension of manhood!

139 Cameron October 28, 2010 at 6:14 am

Congratulations!! I brought a son into the world on 10/12/10, and I can already tell it will make me more of a man than anything else ever could. Enjoy the adventure!

140 Charlie October 28, 2010 at 6:28 am

(and to all who have recently had children!)

As a father of 6, it is absolutely awesome! It is an adventure!

Keep in mind the days seem to last forever, but the years seem to pass in an instant!

Take good care of the Mrs and of Gus!

141 Tom October 28, 2010 at 6:38 am

And now begins the adventure! Congrats man!

142 Patrick October 28, 2010 at 6:52 am

Congratulations, sir!
And what a great manly name!

143 Matt D October 28, 2010 at 7:08 am


144 Bob October 28, 2010 at 7:25 am

Congratulations! It is a life changer … for the better. Enjoy the ride.

145 Jon October 28, 2010 at 7:37 am

Brett and Kate,

Congratulations on the birth of your son. Without a doubt, he will grow up to be a manly man! Best wishes and God bless your family.

146 CB October 28, 2010 at 7:39 am

Congrats, Dad! Enjoy your time with your wife and son!

147 Rick Widener October 28, 2010 at 7:46 am

Congratulations! What a miracle a child is.

148 Chuck October 28, 2010 at 7:47 am


149 Daniel October 28, 2010 at 7:50 am


150 Shawn Humphrey October 28, 2010 at 7:51 am


151 Cesar October 28, 2010 at 7:56 am

CONGRATULATIONS! Now, where are the cigars?!

152 Ravi October 28, 2010 at 7:58 am

Congratulatons to Mom and Dad! And a warm welcome to Gus!

To celebratem here’s the first verse of a song I like very much:

Precious gifts from God our children are,
A possession to train and to teach.
Like the arrows of a mighty man,
We must aim them the target to reach.
They are gifts from God;
He says: ‘Use the rod.’
Yet with tenderness and loving care,
Make their training a matter of prayer.

Keep grinning, Mom and Dad!

– Ravi

153 Saeed October 28, 2010 at 7:58 am

What’s shakin’ lil’ man?!!

You got a lot of people on here rooting for you. Be easy on Brett though


154 John October 28, 2010 at 8:02 am

Congratulations, Brett and Kate!

155 Aunt Debbie October 28, 2010 at 8:02 am

Congrats to both of you. We are thrilled to have a grand nephew.

Love the VT Surwilo’s

156 Lukas October 28, 2010 at 8:03 am

Congratulations!! :)

157 Kishore Kapoor October 28, 2010 at 8:12 am

Congrats. you have to be extremely happy.

158 Scott October 28, 2010 at 8:16 am

This is wonderful news Brett! My congratulations and best wishes to you and your family and a hearty welcome to Gus.

159 Anton Roder October 28, 2010 at 8:23 am

Congratulations. I hope you’ve learnt the skill of getting sleep whenever you can. If not, you will shortly be acquiring it. :-) Pass my congratulations to the missus.

160 Stephen H. October 28, 2010 at 8:26 am

Congrats to you both! I wish you all the best of luck and the best of health from here on out.

161 Mike Anderson October 28, 2010 at 8:38 am

Congratulations you Three!
Take some time to enjoy each other — all of us can wait for awhile for the next article!

162 Jordan October 28, 2010 at 8:41 am


163 Jace October 28, 2010 at 8:45 am

Congratulations! Show the world what it is to be parents!

164 Johnny October 28, 2010 at 8:48 am

Congrats to you and your family on the wonderful new edition. Best wishes to all. =)

165 Vito October 28, 2010 at 8:52 am

Congratulations Brett and Kate! Welcome Gus! Best wishes to the whole family!

166 Thomas October 28, 2010 at 8:54 am

Apparently having a baby is the secret to generating HUNDREDS of comments on your blog post! : )

Joking aside, congratulations to you guys! Enjoy and cherish your time off and we’ll catch you when you get back.

Blessings to you and your growing family!

167 Alex October 28, 2010 at 8:56 am

You know, if his middle name started with “O” his initials would be AOM… just saying… Congratulations to both of you, and welcome, little man.

168 Edward October 28, 2010 at 9:06 am

Congrats, My wife and I are done having babies but raising young ones is a
magical and truly enjoyable time. So enjoy, they grow up quickly.

169 Fernando October 28, 2010 at 9:21 am

Congratulations! My best wishes for the whole family.

170 Devon Rauth October 28, 2010 at 9:21 am

Congratulations to you all!!!! That is fantastic, good for you! And welcome to the world little man.

171 Oracle October 28, 2010 at 9:29 am

Congratulations! I wish you all good luck. Your son clearly has a great set of parents to grow up with.

172 Marty October 28, 2010 at 9:30 am

Congratulations! I remember my son’s birth like it was this morning. He is now thirty-five and has given me two grandsons with the third due in January. It is truly a manly thing to be a father, but, nothing makes a lady more womanly than raising the next generation of men. Love them both as if they were the breath that you breathe.

Augustus…royal and loyal like Captain Macrae.

173 Jon October 28, 2010 at 9:47 am

Mazel Tov! Congratulations!!!!

174 James Smith October 28, 2010 at 9:49 am

I admire you for taking the necessary time off AoM for your son – that’s prioritizing!

God bless!

175 Scott October 28, 2010 at 9:50 am

Congratulations Brett & Kate! I believe God has smiled on you. Gus will be an awesome boy, I’m sure. So happy for you.

176 Chris Maurer October 28, 2010 at 10:06 am

When is Gus going to start is own blog: “The Art of Baby-ness”?

177 Ben October 28, 2010 at 10:10 am

Congratulations to you both, it’s a crazy ride that i’m sure you both will love.

178 Mike Austin October 28, 2010 at 10:16 am

Congratulations from The Radio Dad to The Manly Dad! You are now taking manliness to a whole new level! Remember GET SOME SLEEP! If you’re looking for some tips on being a good dad, stop by my site, http://www.radiodad.com.


179 Fred miller October 28, 2010 at 10:24 am

Congratulations on Gus! I feel like I’ve gotten a new member of my extended family, I read this blog so much. He can call me uncle Fred.

180 CoffeeZombie October 28, 2010 at 10:25 am

Congratulations! Also, I must join in with the chorus, great name!!!

181 Rush October 28, 2010 at 10:26 am

Sincerest Congrats to the proud parents of AoM’s newest member Gus! God Bless and Welcome Gus!

182 Jeremy Putman October 28, 2010 at 10:26 am

Congratulations! I am very excited for you and Kate. Welcome Gus.

“You have just taken your first step into a larger world.” – Obi Wan Kenobi

183 B October 28, 2010 at 10:26 am


184 Buddy Shepherd October 28, 2010 at 10:30 am

Congratulations on Gus’ safe arrival!

May God bless you all.

185 Sonny October 28, 2010 at 10:32 am

Congrats!! So are you going to write a post on changing a diaper at 2:00am like a man? LOL! Congrats to you and yours.

186 Eric Sanchez October 28, 2010 at 10:59 am

Congrats to the McKay family! May God bless all of your family and all your adventures!

187 Ryan October 28, 2010 at 11:00 am

Welcome to the AoM Community, I suspect you’re the youngest member, and the world. You’ll be shining your shoes and shaving with a straight razor long before either of your parents would like so take your time and grow up slow.

188 Kyle Troop October 28, 2010 at 11:08 am

Wow! That’s awesome man! Congrats!

189 Diasdiem October 28, 2010 at 11:17 am

Augustus George McKay? Now there’s a name with a handlebar mustache on it!

190 Dan October 28, 2010 at 11:26 am

Congratulations Brett and Kate!!!!

I hope you treasure every second with your son!! And no worries…we’ll be waiting when you come back!

191 JPo October 28, 2010 at 11:33 am

Fatherhood is an unspeakable joy – I became one just two weeks ago when my lovely daughter was born – congratulations Mr. and Mrs. McKay

192 Jim Beidle October 28, 2010 at 11:41 am

Brett. Kate and Gus,

May God richly bless and keep you all, and I wish you the best of luck and joy on this new, life-long adventure!

193 James Strock October 28, 2010 at 11:43 am

Now that will be a manly man! CONGRATULATIONS!!

194 Lafe B October 28, 2010 at 11:46 am


Our fourth is named Eve Augusta B.

If you don’t mind, I’ll call your little scamper Augustus. A boy needs a strong name to grow into!

Press On, Regardless.

195 Ahmad Halis October 28, 2010 at 11:53 am


My best wishes to your new family member.

196 Cody Austin October 28, 2010 at 11:55 am

Congratulations : )

197 Mauricio October 28, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Congratulations to both of you. Your manliness has just grown exponentially.

198 JHL October 28, 2010 at 12:25 pm

“To babies; they will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankrolls smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for.”

Congrats and cheers!

199 Chris October 28, 2010 at 12:28 pm


200 Andrew George October 28, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Congratulations! You guys are my favorite blog to follow. So I guess I’ll have to re-cap on all the past issues I have missed. But, it will be totally worth it! Congratulations!!

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