A Michigan couple had their 13th son on Wednesday. Kateri Schwandt welcomed an 8-pound, 15-ounce baby into the world, with her husband Jay at her side. Baby number 13 was due on Saturday, but the 22-inches long newborn arrived a few days late, heightening the anticipated about the sex of the infant.
The Schwandt couple once again waited until their little bundle of joy arrived to find out if they needed a closet full of pink or blue. The 13 Schwandt boys range in age from 22 to just 1-day old. When the Schwandt brothers were asked if they wanted to have another baby boy in the family, only three of the siblings raised their hands.
During an appearance on Good Morning America, Jay Schwandt said the family uses chore charts to keep chaos within the household at a minimum. “There’s a lot of activity, a lot of commotion, a lot of chaos, but there’s also a lot of love,” Kateri Schwandt, 40, said while also speaking with Good Morning America.
Kateri Schwandt was from a big family and was one of 14 siblings. The Grand Rapids, Michigan area couple said that they would have been shocked if their most recent baby had turned out to be a girl. A genetics expert reportedly calculated the chances of giving birth to 12 sons in a row at.02 percent.
“The odds are not in our favor,” Kateria Schwandt noted. When asked if she had her heart set on finally having a girl before the birth of her 13th boy, the expecting mom added, “It doesn’t matter at this point. If we had a little girl, that would be neat. But I would be just as happy if we had a little boy.”
The Schwandt family of Rockford includes: Tyler, 22, Zach, 19, Drew, 18, Brandon, 16, Tommy, 13, Vinnie, 12, Calvin, 10, Gabe, 8, Wesley, 6, Charlie, 5, Luke, 3, and Tucker, who will turn 2 in August.
Kateri also proudly declared that she found motherhood to be a “very rewarding” experience.
“I love being pregnant. I’ve spent half of my life being pregnant. It’s very neat and very special. Your children are a little piece of you. Every day is Mother’s Day. They will bring me flowers that they pick in the yard. Even if it’s a dandelion, it’s special because they were thinking of Mom.”
The devout Roman Catholic Michigan couple gave birth to their first child in college and a short time later decided it was time for their child to have a sibling. Kateri Schwandt said the second baby boy was like “opening the flood gates” and the pregnancies just continued.
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