On May 6, Jay and Kateri Schwandt welcomed their 13th son into the world several days after Kateri’s due date. The couple is from Michigan and made headlines in 2013 when they announced the birth of their 12th son, Tucker. The Grand Rapids Press reported that a genetics counselor told the couple that the chance of giving birth to 12 sons in a row is .02 percent.
Prior to her son’s arrival, Kateri was torn on whether she wanted a boy or a girl. She said, “A little girl would be neat to have in the house, but a little boy kind of takes the pressure of. We know what we are doing. Why change things up?”
However, her sons and husband were definitely hoping for a girl.
Jay explained, “Introducing a little girl to the family would certainly change things up. I’ve got all the boy stuff a dad could ever imagine – sports, hunting. As long as we’re raising all these children it would be neat to see what the other end of the spectrum is like, maybe cheerleading and the father-daughter dance.”
According to ABC News, now that their little one is here, Jay said that even though he didn’t get his wish, “being a dad, having 12 boys, one more boy is pretty cool.” Kateria comes from a family of 14 and says she loves being a mother. She explained, “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.” She added, “I love being pregnant. I’ve spent half of my life being pregnant. It’s very neat and very special.”
During an appearance on “Good Morning America” last week ahead of Kateri Schwandt’s May 9 due date, and she said she assumed she’d have another boy.
And when their 12 sons — Tyler, 22, Zach, 19, Drew, 18, Brandon, 16, Tommy, 13, Vinnie, 12, Calvin, 10, Gabe, 8, Wesley, 6, Charlie, 5, Luke, 3, and Tucker — were asked to raise their hands if they wanted another brother, only three of them did.
In a prior interview with ABC News, Jay Schwandt, who does land surveying for commercial real estate properties near the family’s home, said his wife was “pulling for another boy because that’s in her comfort zone.”
The Schwandts manage their household of rough-and-tumble boys through a system of flow charts and chores.
“There’s a lot of activity, a lot of commotion, a lot of chaos, but there’s also a lot of love,” Kateri Schwandt said.
As for whether there will be a baby No. 14, Jay Schwandt said: “You never say never.”