Kateri and Jay Schwandt, the Michigan couple who have 12 sons, are expecting another child. Will baby number 13 mark the end of their all-boy streak?
The couple says they’re not holding their breath.
“I just don’t think it’s in the cards,” Jay told WXMI recently of their daughter-bearing odds.
Last year, the Schwandts made headlines when their 12th child -- Tucker -- was born. The couple said at the time that though they'd been hoping for a girl, they were thrilled when their “perfect baby” was born.
“If we were to have a girl, I think we would go into shock,” Kateri, 39, told Grand Rapids Press after announcing her most recent pregnancy. “It would probably be disbelief.”
Although the odds seem stacked against them, Jay says he would love to have a daughter if he had a choice in the matter.
“I’ve experienced all the boy stuff,” he told the Grand Rapids Press. “As long as we are having all these children, it would be really neat to experience the other side.”
Kateri, however, seems slightly more hesitant.
“Why change things up?” she said to WXMI. “At this point, at this stage in the game, a little girl, we’d have to re-learn everything.”
The Schwandts’ 12 sons range in age from 15 months to 22 years. Kateri, who “loves being pregnant,” has said that juggling such a huge family can be challenging at times, but the family makes it work by sharing the load.
Baby number 13 is expected on May 9, WXMI reports. The couple says they plan to follow their tradition of not finding out the baby’s gender until he or she is born.
According to CNN, the odds of a couple having 13 sons in a row is about 1 in 8,000. That, says the news outlet, is about the same odds as having natural triplets.