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 }

201 Luis Q October 28, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Congrats guys, may God bless your child and your new grown family! :)

202 Carlos Infante October 28, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Congratulations to the both of you.

203 Harry October 28, 2010 at 1:09 pm

Congratulations Brett and Kate!
Welcome Augustus!

204 Hayden Tompkins October 28, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Wow, WOW. Congratulations, guys!!

205 icecycle66 October 28, 2010 at 1:45 pm



206 monkey October 28, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Welcome Augustus!

207 Shane October 28, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Congrats. As a father of two young children myself, I have found that becoming a father has contributed more to my manliness than anything else I have ever done, including playing rugby, practicing judo and jujitsu, driving a bad-ass muscle car or earning a Master’s degree. The realization that I am responsible for another life and must guide and protect them has given me a true purpose in life, which is the most manly of all things in my opinion. Enjoy your new baby boy!

208 Insomniac October 28, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Congratulations and God bless!

209 Ben Hastings October 28, 2010 at 2:27 pm

FANTASTIC news, Brett & Kate! I hope you continue to grow in your pursuit of manliness as you lead Gus down this path. I pray you are continually blessed as your family grows in number and you all grow closer to one another.

210 Rob Camargo October 28, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Congrats Brett and Kate! Love the name Gus by the way.

211 Bruce Egert October 28, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Mazal Tov !!

212 Chris Partida October 28, 2010 at 3:25 pm


213 Peter October 28, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Congrats!! That’s excellent!
And that is a manly awesome name that kid’s got.

214 Steve October 28, 2010 at 4:07 pm

If you have any animals, take the blank that the baby is wrapped in and take it home for the animals to sniff, good time to get the animals used to the smell. When time allows, post a pic with the baby wearing some facial fair, hat, and holding a straight razor.

215 Jared October 28, 2010 at 4:18 pm


216 Anthony Piselli October 28, 2010 at 4:19 pm

There is absolutely nothing better in the whole wide world than to hold your first born in your arms for the first time! — I can’t help but smile from ear to ear for you !!
God Bless!!

217 Bryan Lee Sammis October 28, 2010 at 4:28 pm


Blessings upon your house!!!!

218 Jeremy Bumgarner October 28, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Congratulations Brett and Kate!

219 Brad October 28, 2010 at 6:51 pm

Congratulations! It’s a really sweet time when you bring home a baby. I’ll be doing again in January. Thanks for the great blog.

220 Jon October 28, 2010 at 6:51 pm

Guess all the content you have on being a great dad and all the fatherhood stuff is finally going to come in handy!


221 Brandon October 28, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Welcome to the world, Gus.

222 Carl C October 28, 2010 at 7:28 pm


223 Mark October 28, 2010 at 7:54 pm

Congrats…today is when life begins…ENJOY!

224 Bryan October 28, 2010 at 8:51 pm

Congratulations! You’re a father! Enjoy some well deserved time off.

225 JR October 28, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Congrats; now the true test of manliness begins…

226 Clint October 28, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Way to go! I didn’t realize that, until this week, you weren’t yet a father. Wow. It’s hard to believe that your insights into manhood will get even deeper, but–a father of a seven-year-old boy myself–I know that they will. Best wishes to the three of you.

227 Jim Shirey October 28, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Congratulations! Brett and Kate!

Welcome, Gus!

Being a quality husband and father is awesome. Each has its challenges, but each has brought me great joy.

Every success.

228 Tim October 28, 2010 at 9:29 pm

What a blessing!! Congratulations! May God bless your wonderful family.

229 Daniel Ambrose October 28, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Congratulations you two!

230 Beowulf87 October 28, 2010 at 9:56 pm

God couldn’t have sent you a better, or manlier, gift. Sons rock, I’m told. I’m sure yours will make waves. God bless, and congratulations to the lucky couple!


231 John Hantak October 28, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Wonderful news!!!!! Congratulations. My wife and I are expecting our first child this March.

232 Tim Schwartz October 28, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Congratulations Brett and Kate! He will be the manliest infant in America…. Best wishes!!

233 Haden October 28, 2010 at 10:18 pm

now is your chance to prove you definitely know how to raise a man.

234 Burton October 28, 2010 at 11:16 pm

Congratulations guys. You guys have a lot of “firsts” to look forward to. Take plenty of pictures, record anything he does…video, journal or a napkin in a restaurant. If you don’t then a few months after he stops doing that particular cute behavior you will be asking each other “what was that cute thing Augustus did?”. Cherish these moments you never get them back.

Don’t worry about the blog. Take time for the family. We will be here when you adjust to the new schedule. And it will be an adjustment. But worth every sacrifice.

Congrats again.

235 Shane M. Liebler October 28, 2010 at 11:30 pm

Fantastic news! Cheers to you and Kate.

236 Bob Downs October 29, 2010 at 12:36 am

Brett & Kate,

Congratulations! I couldn’t imagine a better dad!!

All hail (future) emperor Augustus! :-)


237 marc October 29, 2010 at 1:07 am

Bully Good Show! kudos to you and yours

238 Roeland October 29, 2010 at 1:48 am

Congratulations, your son couldn´t have picked a better family….

239 Robert October 29, 2010 at 4:24 am

Dear Brett and Kate,

Congratulations on the birth of your new son. In spite of the fact that I do not know you personally, I am sure that you will raise your son to become a fine man. I will keep your family in my prayers.

I leave you with this quote from author James Stenson from “Successful Fathers”

“Both parents, mother and father, have given their children lifelong strengths of character and conscience; and thus their job is done. This is, after all, what family life – throughout history and around the world – really is about. ”

I trust you will step up to this task with great fortitude, and great success.

Pax et bonum,

240 Gagner Largent October 29, 2010 at 4:39 am

Congrats mate! All the best to you!

241 Mr. D. Johnson-Jane October 29, 2010 at 7:07 am

Congratulations on the birth of a new member of your family. May your son grow up being healthy, happy and blessed throughout his life.

242 Luis October 29, 2010 at 7:47 am

From France, I send you my best wishes. I often read you blog, until today I haven’t had the oportunity to thank you for your great job.

243 Tom October 29, 2010 at 7:56 am

Congratulations to both of you! And welcome to the world, Gus!

244 Luis October 29, 2010 at 8:28 am

Congratulations from Brazil!

245 Patrick Coons October 29, 2010 at 9:24 am

Brett & Kate:

Congratulations! Gus is blessed to have parents like you. God Bless,


246 Adam Kibbe October 29, 2010 at 9:41 am

I love your website and feel it makes me a better man and dad. I have two girls and it’s the most rewarding and demanding job there is. Congrats to you and your family. You’ll be amazed at how much you can bond with your child at this stage and how it will positively effect your future relationship with your baby. Take your time.

Very happy for you et all.

247 Pavel C October 29, 2010 at 9:54 am

Congratulation! God bless Gus, and his parents. Take all the time you need. You have just started a new life.

248 Jim October 29, 2010 at 10:58 am

Augustus, welcome to the world. Congratulations!

249 Stephan October 29, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Congrats McKay!!! =D Looking forward to the following episodes of Man to Man =P

250 Kevin October 29, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Congrats! You’re off to a great head-start on raising a real gentleman with this website you’ve built.

251 Josh October 29, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Congratulations Brett! Welcome to Fatherhood, a.k.a. the ultimate manly experience.

252 jeffy d October 29, 2010 at 3:52 pm

can i eat your baby

253 Todd Helmkamp October 29, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Congrats! Fatherhood is AWESOME!!

254 Joe Butler October 29, 2010 at 5:38 pm

Congrats on the birth of your son!

255 Gareth October 29, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Great news. Congratulations on the arrival of young Augustus!

256 Ron October 29, 2010 at 10:43 pm


257 Hilton October 29, 2010 at 10:53 pm

Congratulations! I hope that Mrs. McKay and Gus are doing well, sir.

258 Gus Boschert October 29, 2010 at 11:22 pm

Congratulations. My name is August and everyone calls me Gus. It’s great to hear that there are others out there. I was named after my Grandfather, a pretty manly guy. Anyhow, congratulations again.

259 gus October 30, 2010 at 8:48 am

Thank you from another Augustus. Before my Grandfather died there were four of us in my family.

260 Vyking October 30, 2010 at 9:32 am

congratulations to the three of you! Let us raise our tankards high in celebration!

261 Pault17 October 30, 2010 at 9:54 am

Many congratulations!
I can still remember my first Invited’s birth. Talk about a major manliness gut-check.
God bless you all

262 Mike October 30, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Congratulations to you and your wife! What a great name.

263 Ralph October 30, 2010 at 2:54 pm

Fantastic news! Congrats!

264 Paul October 30, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Congratulations! My four children are all adults now. You’re starting one of the great journeys of life. Enjoy!

265 Costas October 30, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Congratulations to you and your family. All the best!

266 Heath Holden October 30, 2010 at 6:25 pm


267 Cliff Porter October 30, 2010 at 7:17 pm

A hardy congrats Brother Brett to you and your lady.

268 Tom Harbold October 30, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Congratulations and welcome to the new Wee One! :-)

269 Tom L October 30, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Congrats, Brett and Kate! I’m very happy for you. Does this mean that you’re gonna come out with a new series of books: Letters to My Newborn Son? ;) Really great news though!

270 charlie m October 31, 2010 at 1:52 am

can i murder your baby

271 Mark W October 31, 2010 at 11:19 am

Brett and Kay,

Congrats! I hope he will be everything to you.

-Charlie M-You’re a scumbag and don’t forget to register with law enforcement next time you move to another trailer park. More than likely, you’re an 18 year old punk kid who still lives with his parents and is taking time out from facebook and PS3 to pollute this site with your garbage. A man you are not, sir.

272 MR October 31, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Congratulations and all the best wishes! And Augustus is a beautiful name, excellent choice.

273 Kenneth I October 31, 2010 at 1:31 pm

Congratulations! This is such an exciting time! I wish the best for all three of you.

274 Bob Iger October 31, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Dear Kate and Brett,

congratulations with your new son, Gus!

275 Jake October 31, 2010 at 5:32 pm


276 Ryan Guzman October 31, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Congratulations! I’m sure that you’ll be able to discover many manly “Father to Son” moments to add on the site.

277 Mark w October 31, 2010 at 9:55 pm

I will molest your baby

278 Mark w October 31, 2010 at 11:05 pm

Ok that was over the top

I’ll stop trolling


279 Shoeb Bhojani November 1, 2010 at 12:20 am

Congratulations and Best Wishes!!

280 Tsosamotse Marvin Hlabi November 1, 2010 at 9:06 am

God Bless your family!

281 Joseph Frye November 1, 2010 at 11:13 am

Congratulations!!! I love the name!!


282 Rich November 1, 2010 at 11:39 am


283 shawn November 1, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Congrats Brett!! You started him off with a powerful name. I take it now we will have more of your fatherly perpectives as he grows up.


284 Justin November 1, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Congratulations to both of you. With a name like Augustus he is bound to succeed.

285 Andrew November 1, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Congratulations. He’ll change your lives in ways you could never imagine. I have a 3-year-old daughter and a son on the way myself. Family is the most wonderful thing in the world.

286 Trevvor November 2, 2010 at 10:27 am

Huzzah! And congratulations to you both! To echo many others, Augustus George is a fine handle to bestow upon your firstborn. I wish y’all all health and joy as “Gus” grows and develops.

287 James November 2, 2010 at 12:34 pm

I would like to add my congratulations to all those above! I wish you all the very best!

And as a classicist, I have nothing but admiration for your choice of appellation.


288 Bob November 2, 2010 at 1:19 pm


289 Guy November 2, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Great news! Congratulations to the parents, hopefully you caught up on your sleep before Gus was born :~)

290 Israel November 2, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Congrats and best wishes to all the members of your family from ours (that includes the AOM family that you have developed). I imagine that we will be seeing Gus as a contributor to the site soon?

291 Topher November 2, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Yay you!

292 Steve November 2, 2010 at 11:37 pm

Congratulations! I thought my love for my wife was something, but something is different about the love for my son and daughter. I’m sure you will feel the same way. Well done!

293 Beau November 3, 2010 at 10:16 am

Warmest congratulations.
Great name!

294 Matt November 3, 2010 at 3:22 pm

From one (relatively) new father to another, congratulations! Don’t worry; the sleep will come back in 6 months or so…

295 Michael November 3, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Congratulations! May you ever teach him what it means to be a true man!

296 Charles Wilson November 3, 2010 at 10:24 pm


297 John November 4, 2010 at 10:05 am

Congrats! Perhaps when you’re back at the blog you can reflect on what it’s like to become a father for the first time and how a man’s role in the family changes once you and your wife have children. I think a lot of guys feel lost about that and it would be great to start a conversation about that.

298 James! November 4, 2010 at 11:41 am

Congrats Brett and Kate. I always thought I would name my son Augustus if I had one, instead I received a girl. That’s a great manly name. Now I’m thinking more along the lines of Singleton or Basil. I’m sure he’s destined for awesomeness.

299 Evan November 4, 2010 at 1:33 pm


300 Huey On the Mountain November 4, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Congratulations indeed! One of the manliest things a guy can do is to raise a young boy to manhood. A wonderful journey in front of you and Kate. Revel in the joy of it all.

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