House Republicans Kevin Yoder of Kansas and Brad Wenstrup of Ohio have officially entered into the fatherhood phase of their careers, welcoming Caroline Lucille Yoder and Brad Robert Wenstrup Jr., into their respective folds over the past week.
Yoder’s daughter was born at 2:16 p.m. Nov. 7 at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Shawnee Mission, Kan. The little girl, the first for Yoder and his wife, Brooke, weighed 6 pounds, 1 ounce, and was named in honor of several family members on her mother’s side.
“Caroline is a derivative of a male name ‘Carroll’ which dates back 200 years in Brooke's father's family and has been used many times as first and middle names since. Lucille is Brooke's [late] maternal grandmother who Brooke always admired,” a Yoder aide told HOH.
“Someone once told us that having a baby is the one chance we get to help God perform a miracle. We’re so fortunate and blessed to add Caroline into our lives and thankful of God’s miracle of life that brought her into our family,” Yoder announced to the world on his Facebook page.
Wenstrup’s son — who logged in at 6 pounds, 15 ounces — arrived on the morning of Nov. 9 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Wenstrup and his wife, Monica, had held off on learning the sex of the baby before the birth. But the proud poppa appears to have slipped right into doting parent mode.
“I can fully understand, even more than I did before, the need to not only protect and defend, but to nurture and provide for one that follows us. Monica and I have always felt called to try to leave the world at least a little better than we found it,” Wenstrup declared in a release. “Brad renews that commitment for us.”
The era of good feelings is set to keep going — House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers is expecting her third child next month.