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Widow of White House Staffer Gives Birth to Baby Girl Two Months After Husband's Tragic Death: 'I Feel Confident He'd Love the Name'

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Just over two months after the tragic death of her husband, White House staffer Jake Brewer, Fox News contributor Mary Katharine Ham has given birth to a healthy baby girl.

“World, meet Garnet J. Brewer!” Ham wrote in an Instagram post Sunday. “At 7 lbs., 13 oz. & 21 in., she made her appearance after 5.5 hours of blessedly safe & awesome natural labor Nov. 28 at 5:15 am, reminding her mom this childbirth thing is no joke, hard core, & beautiful. Her middle initial is for her dad, Jake.”

Ham’s husband was killed on September 19 when he was struck by a car during a charity bike race to benefit cancer research in Maryland.

“I lost part of my heart and the father of my sweet babies,” Ham wrote in an Instagram post after his death. “I will strive and pray not to feel I was cheated of many years with him, but cherish the gift of the years I had . I can never be without him because these babies are half him.”

We lost our Jake yesterday, and I lost part of my heart and the father of my sweet babies. I don't have to tell most of you how wonderful he was. It was self-evident. His life was his testimony, and it was powerful and tender and fierce, with an ever-present twinkle in the eye. I will miss him forever, even more than I can know right now. No arms can be her father's, but my daughter is surrounded by her very favorite people and all the hugs she could imagine. This will change us, but with prayer and love and the strength that is their companion, we can hope our heartache is not in vain– that it will change us and the world in beautiful ways, just as he did. If that sounds too optimistic at this time, it's because it is. But there was no thought too optimistic for Jake, so take it and run with it. I will strive and pray not to feel I was cheated of many years with him, but cherish the gift of the years I had. In a life where nothing is guaranteed, Jake made the absolute, ever-lovin' most of his time with all of us. This is a family picture we took a couple weeks ago. It was taken because Jake, as always, was ready with a camera and his immense talent. All four members of our little, growing family are in it. I can never be without him because these babies are half him. They are made of some of the strongest, kindest stuff God had to offer this world. Please pray that he can see us and we'll all make him proud. God, I love him. Psalm 34:18, Philippians 1:3

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The 34-year-old served as a senior policy adviser in the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House.

In a statement following Brewer’s death, President Barack Obama said the man had a “brilliant mind, a big heart, and an insatiable desire to give back.”

“Michelle and I are praying for all of Jake’s family and his many friends, most of all his wife, Mary Katharine Ham, their daughter, Georgia, and their growing family,” the statement continued. “They’ll always have a family here at the White House.”

Ham’s post continued to explain that she took the name Garnet from the Wyoming canyon where she and Brewer hiked while she was seven months pregnant with their first child, Georgia. “I feel confident he’d love the name and is proud of all us girls today,” she wrote.

When I was 7 mos pregnant w our first & 10k feet up on a glacier.

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In a message to friends, the new mom wrote that she’s home and feeling “like a million bucks,” according to Washington Post. She added that Georgia is adjusting to life as a big sister.

“She called Garnet ‘baby,’ dropped a blanket on her head to ‘help’ her, and stole two of her toys before going back to playing with her robots,” she said. “I think we’re on track for a great sibling relationship.”

A GoFundMe page created to help support the young family in the wake of Brewer’s death has raised $431,000 for the girls’ education and to “advance ideas about which Jake was passionate.”