Announcing the Newest Member of the McKay Family and a Two Week Hiatus

by Brett & Kate McKay on August 23, 2013 · 355 comments

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On Tuesday, August 20, 2013  at 3:54 PM Kate and I welcomed a daughter into our family. Her name is Olive Scout McKay. Olive is for Kate’s Nana. Scout is for the character in one of our favorite books, To Kill a Mockingbird. We’ll be calling her Scout.

Scout weighed in at 7 lbs 13 oz and measured 20 inches in length. She’s a real cutie and I’m already over the moon about her. Mom and baby are doing great. Gus is taking to being a big brother well. He’s giving Scout lots of hugs and kisses.

We’re taking the next two weeks off to get to know this little girl (and to adjust to her erratic newborn sleeping schedule), so we won’t be publishing anything new during that time.  To get your AoM fix while we’re away, check out our archives. We have nearly 2,000 articles on the site and you can spend hours browsing and reading the manly info we have there. If you’re not sure what to read first, use the “Visit a Random Post” button on the top right side of the homepage. Or check out our Library of Random Man Knowledge — full of 5,000 manly factoids and quotes. That should keep you busy while we’re gone! We look forward to seeing you back in September.

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

{ 355 comments… read them below or add one }

301 Chad M. August 31, 2013 at 11:50 am

My little girl is a bit over a year old. My advice, if it need be spoken at all – enjoy every minute. It goes by faster than you would every believe.


302 Mauricio August 31, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Congratulations to you and your family! Greetings from Georgia.

303 Moote August 31, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Congratulations to you and the McKay family. Enjoy your time together!

304 Adrian August 31, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Congratulations to you and your family! Make sure to cherish every moment. Greetings from Malaysia.

305 Brian September 1, 2013 at 8:16 am are awsome,

306 Luis T. September 1, 2013 at 11:08 am

Congratulations to you guys. Many blessings to the little one.

307 Campo September 1, 2013 at 3:30 pm


308 Akshay Nanavati September 1, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Congratulations!! Really happy for your family.

309 Kevin September 1, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Congratulations, McKays. She’s beautiful, and has name to match. Knowing how much your work in the book and website have helped others, I know that she has some pretty incredible parents. Warmest wishes from Washington state.

310 Nik H. September 2, 2013 at 8:03 am

Dallas, Tx is giving you a big pat on the back. Having a great is soooo much easier.

311 Jon September 2, 2013 at 8:10 am

Many congratulations Kate and Brett!

312 Sam September 2, 2013 at 12:09 pm


313 Dan September 2, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Congratulations! I hope all is well with you and your family!

314 Iancul September 2, 2013 at 4:06 pm


315 Jacob September 3, 2013 at 1:26 am

Congratulations!!! Absolutely precious!

316 asher September 3, 2013 at 7:20 am

warm congratulations.

317 Dennis September 3, 2013 at 9:55 am

Congrats on such a wonderful addition!
Take it easy you two, enjoy the new little angel.

May your family be blessed.

318 David Bridle September 3, 2013 at 10:14 am

Congratulations! She looks beautiful!

I am expecting my first in December.

Have a great time.

319 Bryan September 3, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Congratulations. My daughter’s birthday is also August 20.

320 Chad September 3, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Congratulations to the McKay’s! I know you have been anxiously anticipating the arrival of Scout, and the euphoria of her arrival will not soon be satisfied. Enjoy every minute, every second. Enjoy every stage by not looking so far ahead that you forget to enjoy the now. I know you will.

321 Jethro Tull September 3, 2013 at 7:40 pm

Congrats!! Beautiful.

322 Doug Tyson September 3, 2013 at 7:59 pm


She’s beautiful. Glad to hear everyone is doing well. Wishing you all the best.

323 Yash September 3, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Have a great life Scout. Warm wishes for the proud parents from India.

324 Steve September 4, 2013 at 10:14 am


325 Ben September 4, 2013 at 11:37 am

Odd question perhaps, but I’ve never understood why people do this, if you’re just going to call your daughter Scout, then why give her the first name Olive?

326 Jayson September 4, 2013 at 12:27 pm

I wondered why I hadn’t gotten any new post emails. That’s obviously a killer reason! Congratulations to you!

327 James September 4, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Cheers! Many blessings.

328 Stephen September 4, 2013 at 7:42 pm

I hope you handed out manly cigars.

329 Jay September 4, 2013 at 11:23 pm

Congrats!!! That is so awesome for y’all. I thought I was taken off of your email listing, and I’m super glad it wasn’t some kind of mistake… instead it was something Great. Enjoy your little one, they’re amazing!

330 JOSH September 5, 2013 at 9:03 am

Congrats! She is beautiful. My wife delivered our third daughter on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. I guess I am feeling some of your joy too!

331 Jente Meulmeester September 5, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Congratulations! enjoy your time toghether!

332 Jake September 5, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Congratulations to all the McKays! Enjoy and be healthy!

333 Jesse September 6, 2013 at 1:15 am

Congratulations! May God bless your beautiful family!

334 Pyron September 6, 2013 at 7:47 am

Congratulations to you and your family from Busan, South Korea

335 Patrick September 6, 2013 at 10:54 am

Congrats! So happy for you all!

336 Ken September 7, 2013 at 5:01 am

Congratulations from Australia

337 Amadis September 7, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Congratulations, She is lucky to have such parents like you who can inspire so many men to improve themselves like me.

338 Chuck Yager September 7, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Congrats Bret, being the father of a boy is wonderful, but having a little girl is just as amazing but in so many other ways! The best of luck to you.

339 Jakob September 8, 2013 at 4:41 am

Congrats to you and the family from Frankfurt, Germany!

340 Ted September 8, 2013 at 9:18 am

That is awesome my daughter was born Aug 21 2013 and was 7lb 12oz . Best of luck congrats.

341 Dylan Huff September 8, 2013 at 5:35 pm

Congratulations!!! And welcome to Scout!!! :)

342 Big Bad Moose September 8, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Mr. and Mrs. McKay,

Best of wishes and compliments to your family. Stock up on some joe, lady and gentleman; you’re going to be up for long periods with your new treasure for awhile.

Regardless, I believe that your children are more-than-Irish lucky to have you both as mother and father. I hope your hiatus refreshed your energy (I’m factoring out sleep because I know how it works with newborns haha.)

I’ve kept pretty busy digging up the archives but I’d be putting it lightly if I said that I’m hungry for more cutting-edge AoM articles… at your leisure of course!

Warmest regards and manly love,


P.S.: When you get drained, it’s best to take a day or two off. I don’t like playing nanny, but you’re human beings too. With two kiddoes and a site to run, I know it’ll dip into and drain your reserves quickly. I admire how hard you two work to provide such great knowledge to us and, seriously, we love you for that. We won’t go anywhere if there’s radio silence for a few days or a week. We know with confidence that you’re not lazy types. If you need time off, take it. We’re with you.

Brett, stay manly.
Kate, stay womanly.


343 Adam September 9, 2013 at 11:34 am


344 Paul D Watson September 10, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Congrats! May peace and love fill your house.

345 Renars September 11, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Congratulations to both of you. I have been following your site for over a year now (and have recommended to friends and family too) and have gained so much knowledge which I try to apply in my own life. In a few years’ time I hope to have a kid of my own so it is important to be prepared for the father role, Would be interesting to follow up in a few years time to see how Junior is learning all the tips you have instilled on her. I think that lots of the stuff that is suggested on this site can be universally applied to both men and women.

346 Jeff Kemper September 12, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Congratulations to you and your family on the wonderful addition.

347 Hope September 13, 2013 at 7:28 am

So wonderfully sweet! Congratulations!

348 Rocco September 17, 2013 at 6:00 am

Love and blessings to you and your family!

349 Mark September 22, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Congrats, Brett and Kate.

350 oluwatosin September 25, 2013 at 10:10 am

congratulations! She is really beautiful!

351 Vince R September 26, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Good work.

352 Rich October 12, 2013 at 5:35 pm

Saw this post for the first time today – congrats!

353 john mark October 25, 2013 at 11:42 am

I just saw this and wanted to say congratulations! We think that Scout is an excellent name for your daughter. My wife and I just had a son four weeks ago and named him Atticus.

354 Andy October 25, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Congratulations, to both of you.

355 Franek November 1, 2013 at 6:48 am

Sincere congratulations!

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