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

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

in Blog


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 }

201 Matt August 25, 2013 at 9:26 am

Congrats and here’s hoping to health and prosperity to the newest addition to your wonderful family.

202 Native Son August 25, 2013 at 10:31 am

Congratulations and best wishes to both of you.

203 PT August 25, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Congrats to you and your wife! Also, that’s an amazing name choice… I hope to one day be that creative!

204 Phil Bentley August 25, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Congratulations McKay family!

205 Greg August 25, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Congratulations !

206 Chickasha Hoolba August 25, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Awesome! God grant you and yours many years! In all the hustle, don’t forget to take care of yourself dad!

207 Will Malven August 25, 2013 at 4:06 pm


May God’s Light shine upon you and yours and may His Blessings be upon you.

208 An Idle Dad August 25, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Fantastic name choices. Our four kids all have teddy bears, each one is named after a character in To Kill a Mockingbird (Boo, Scout, Jem and Atticus).
Have fun on your two weeks of hell!

209 Christopher August 25, 2013 at 4:16 pm


210 Matt August 25, 2013 at 4:17 pm


211 Beowulf87 August 25, 2013 at 6:28 pm

My hearty congratulations to you, she is beautiful! But man, seriously, take a month off, we’d all understand! Get some bonding time in there!

God bless,


212 Tomxp August 25, 2013 at 7:18 pm

What a beautiful young lady! Congratulations to the two of you and thank God for this precious gift.

213 Adam August 25, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Congrats Brett and Kate!

214 Tuba August 25, 2013 at 8:22 pm


215 Doug Davis August 25, 2013 at 10:52 pm

Congrats on the good-looking lil squirt. Hope she sleeps for you. Good thing they’re cute because that first few months is rough sleddin’

216 Ryan August 25, 2013 at 10:52 pm

Congratulations to you both!

217 Andy August 25, 2013 at 10:59 pm


My first son was born earlier this year, we named him Atticus.

218 EssDee August 26, 2013 at 1:05 am

Congrats, Brett & Kate! She’s so cute!!

I have no doubt Scout will have a father like Atticus Finch. God bless her!

219 Edman68 August 26, 2013 at 1:09 am

Congratulations!!! May God bless all of you!!!

220 LPB August 26, 2013 at 1:24 am


Very cool choice of name; my niece is named Scout.

221 Henry August 26, 2013 at 6:42 am

Congratulations, McKay Family! Take care and God Bless!!

222 James August 26, 2013 at 7:25 am

Congrats on the new addition! We welcomed a little girl to our home the end of May and it has been awesome! It really changes your perspective on manliness when you have a little girl to raise. Best of luck and glad that everyone is healthy and happy.

223 Christopher Tonstad August 26, 2013 at 7:41 am

Congratulations McKay Family! Nothing brings out the Manly Father such as a new daughter.

224 Cody D. August 26, 2013 at 7:49 am

Congratulations, McKay Family – she is beautiful!

225 Scott August 26, 2013 at 8:14 am


226 John August 26, 2013 at 8:25 am

Welcome Scout!

227 John Corcoran August 26, 2013 at 8:41 am

Congrats, Brett and Kate! Enjoy your time bonding with your new little one. My wife and I are expecting our second child in February.

228 Rachel August 26, 2013 at 9:01 am

Oh, how marvelous, congratulations to all the McKays on your new addition!

229 Ben August 26, 2013 at 9:12 am

Congratulations! Wishing you only pride from your new addition and all your children.

230 Nathan August 26, 2013 at 9:19 am

Congrats!!! She’s gorgeous!!

231 Derek August 26, 2013 at 9:36 am

Congrats to the McKays. Scout is a beautiful little girl with a great name!

232 Alex August 26, 2013 at 9:57 am

Congratulations and God Bless your family!

233 Philip Tenenzaph August 26, 2013 at 9:58 am

Absolutely precious. Best of luck to the whole family. We’ll all be waiting patiently for your return!

234 Liam Strain August 26, 2013 at 10:12 am

Congratulations, Brett and Family. Olive, welcome to the world.

235 Keith August 26, 2013 at 10:16 am

Congrats!!! May the angels watch over her.

A Gaelic Christening Blessing
Dearest Father in Heaven,
Bless this child and bless this day
Of new beginnings.
Smile upon this child
And surround this child, Lord,
With the soft mantle of your love.
Teach this child to follow in your footsteps,
And to live life in the ways of
Love, faith, hope and charity.

236 Carlo d. August 26, 2013 at 10:37 am

Way to go, Brett & Kate!! GREAT nickname, btw.

237 Miguel August 26, 2013 at 11:00 am

Congratulations to all of you! Best of luck and health to your family! But most importantly, enjoy!

238 Miguel August 26, 2013 at 11:03 am

Congratulations to all of you! Best of luck and health to your family! But most importantly… enjoy!

239 Trent August 26, 2013 at 11:11 am

Congratulations! You are all owed a, well deserved, break!

240 James August 26, 2013 at 11:59 am

BIg Congrats!

Love the name by the way!

241 Michael August 26, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Sooner born and Sooner bred.

242 Kirk August 26, 2013 at 12:23 pm

First of all, congrats. Being the father of two daughters myself, I welcome you to the club with a quote that I’m sure you’ve heard before:

“The father of a daughter is nothing but a high-class hostage. A father turns a stony face to his sons, berates them, shakes his antlers, paws the ground, snorts, runs them off into the underbrush, but when his daughter puts her arm over his shoulder and says, ‘Daddy, I need to ask you something’, he is a pat of butter in a hot frying pan” (Garrison Keillor).

One of my favorite stories about being the father of a daughter:

My wife and I didn’t find out the sex in advance for either of our daughters (3 years and 9 months). I was having a beer with one of my best friends (he grow wine grapes in Napa) before our oldest was born and had this conversation:

Me: Ya know, if I have a daughter, I’m going to have to buy a shotgun and a shovel.

Him: (Thinks a second) Well I’ve got a backhoe and 350 acres…

Me: Just a shotgun then.

243 MatthewSD August 26, 2013 at 1:29 pm

I just had my first girl on August 3rd. I feels you, bro.

244 Justin August 26, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Congratulations and wonderful name!

245 Logan B August 26, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Congrats! No better name than Scout, if I had a daughter it would be the same. God Bless!

246 Jason B August 26, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Congratulations! Enjoy the break!

247 Rick Shelton August 26, 2013 at 2:34 pm


248 Father Muskrat August 26, 2013 at 2:42 pm


249 Nick August 26, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Congrats to the whole family!

250 Alain N. August 26, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Congrats on the newest addition to the McKay family! May your daughter Scout live a long, happy and prosperous life!

251 Dillon C August 26, 2013 at 6:29 pm


Ἑστία vigilia domus tua

252 Dean E. August 26, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Congratulations! Wish you and your family all the best!

253 Zacharia Karami August 26, 2013 at 10:23 pm

She’s very lucky to have such inspirational, grounded, responsible parents. I wish you two and her the best of luck!

254 Stardog August 26, 2013 at 11:53 pm


255 Seth August 27, 2013 at 12:13 am

Congratulations to your family! She’s beautiful!

256 jameel August 27, 2013 at 12:56 am

Congrats to you and the family! I like seeing that there are real people behind this truly awesome website.

257 Christian August 27, 2013 at 3:31 am

Congratulations guys!

258 Nate August 27, 2013 at 9:08 am

Congratulations McKay’s Good to hear Mom and Baby are doing well. Enjoy her now Brett because when she hits double digets you’ll know the real reason men lose there hair lol

259 David B August 27, 2013 at 9:31 am

Congrats to you and your family Brett! My son just turned 3 and my daughter will be 2 in December, and we are expecting our 3rd in December as well (keeping that one a surprise since we already have one of each). I can personally attest to Kirk’s post. I never owned a gun until after my daughter was born. I’m now the proud owner of an H&R Pardner Pump!

260 Karl G. August 27, 2013 at 9:36 am

Congratulations on your healthy baby girl! By the time you’re back from two weeks I’ll be a first time uncle!

261 Alex August 27, 2013 at 10:18 am

Congratulations on the birth of your daughter. Love the name, one of my favorite characters too. Enjoy your time off, if you can afford it, I suggest a little longer than two weeks. It is a very fun and special time. Cheers!

262 Matt August 27, 2013 at 10:19 am

Congratulations! Enough the miracle and the blessings!

263 Aditya August 27, 2013 at 11:30 am

Congratulations Kate and Brett

264 Lindsey Hinkle August 27, 2013 at 11:37 am

What a beautiful addition! Congratulations Brett, Kate & Gus!

265 Chris August 27, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Congratulations! There is nothing like a little girl to make a Dad feel so proud.

266 Kevin August 27, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Congrats to the family!

267 Vitaliy Rayz August 27, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Dear Brett and Kate:

Congratulations!! Best wishes for you all, may Scout be healthy, happy and joyful!

268 M August 27, 2013 at 3:36 pm

What a cutie!

Congratulations, McKays.

269 Rick August 27, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Hooray! Many blessings to the McKay family, and welcome, Miss Scout!

270 Derek August 27, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Congratulations McKay family!

Welcome Scout McKay.

271 Jeremy C. August 27, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Congratulations on your healthy baby! I too am named after a “To Kill A Mockingbird” character, as my mother tells me. It was her favourite book in school.

272 Don August 27, 2013 at 8:25 pm

We had our baby on August 21st! Same size and weight too! Congrats man! We know what you’re going through :)

273 Mervin John August 28, 2013 at 5:13 am


274 Eric August 28, 2013 at 8:45 am

Congrats! Here’s another book to add to your library: Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters by Meg Meeker

Some of it is not real easy to read, but it is an excellent book.

275 tim_lebsack August 28, 2013 at 8:48 am

I’d be a bit daunted at the realization of being father to a Scout. Atticus is noble character. I’m sure you’ll do well.

276 Yvonne Root August 28, 2013 at 9:11 am


277 Derek J August 28, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Congrats!! You will love having a daughter. I suspect we will begin seeing articles in the next few years about being a proper manly and gentlemanly dad to a little girl. Enjoy the “vacation”!

278 Broc August 28, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Congratulations! May this new venture fare you well.

279 Cody August 28, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Congratulations to you and your wife!

280 Spencer August 28, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Your choice of name is fantastic. I’m sure she’ll grow into it perfectly, congrats!

281 Erin August 28, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Congratulations to you both and I’m so impressed that you’re setting this amazing example by taking time off to focus on what truly matters…your family!

282 Richard August 28, 2013 at 6:22 pm


283 Timothy August 28, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Congrats all!!!!

284 Paul August 28, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Congratulations to you and your family!

285 mark niehus August 29, 2013 at 6:24 am

congrats to the McKay family on the new addition! You create great and relevant content and are a role model- keep up the great work

286 Lewis August 29, 2013 at 10:34 am

Congrats on the new addition. I have two daughters myself. I have been an avid reader of your site for a while and I enjoy it. But now, NOW you will understand the Art of Manliness. :) Your daughter’s relationship with you will set the tone for all her male relationships in the future. Best of Luck. –Lewis

287 valentino August 29, 2013 at 11:27 am


288 Jon August 29, 2013 at 11:55 am

Congratulations Brett and Kate!!

289 Aaron August 29, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Congratulations to you, your wife and family! Nothing says manly like being a great dad :)


290 Jeremy S. August 29, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Darn you, McKays. You beat us by 6 days! Good luck with the girl, I got a second man to raise up now.

Congrats and thanks for all your hard work!

291 Omar August 29, 2013 at 8:13 pm

Good one Brett, may God bless the McKays!



292 Kyle August 29, 2013 at 11:35 pm

Congrats! We are on the same brain lengths of sorts. My first son’s name is Augustus and we call him “Gus”. We named our newest son six months old now, “Oliver”. Crazy! Congrats.

293 Garret Soto August 30, 2013 at 7:43 am

Congratulations to your family! God bless, and enjoy your time; we’ll enjoy the archives!

294 Claude August 30, 2013 at 9:09 am

Beautiful. Congrats. Enjoy your time with your growing family!

295 Spencer Lau August 30, 2013 at 10:40 am


296 Betty August 30, 2013 at 11:43 am

Congratulations to the MacKay family. Health and prosperity to Scout. She’s off to a great start with a fine dad in her life.

297 Aaron Perlut August 30, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Congrats to your family!

298 Dylan August 30, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Congrats shes beautiful just had my girl the 27; 6 lbs 11 oz and 19 inches at 2:36 am. She’s amazing and has already changed my life and person so much. Good luck to you and yours, it’s a long rode ahead

299 Ian Vissers August 30, 2013 at 9:23 pm


300 Dax August 31, 2013 at 11:11 am

Mr. & Mrs. McKay,
Congratulations on the birth of your daughter! The very best of wishes, hopes and dreams for your little Olive…
Dax Harding
Tucson, AZ

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