Will Family's 13th Kid Finally Be a Girl?

Kateri Schwandt would be just fine with another boy
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2014 3:50 PM CDT
Will Family's 13th Kid Finally Be a Girl?
In this 2013 file photo, the 12 Schwandt brothers pose for a photo in their home in Rockford, Mich.   (AP Photo/MLive.com, The Grand Rapids Press, Chris Clark, File)

The Schwandt family has 12 kids—all boys. Now, they're expecting a new sibling, and the parents are waiting until it's born to find out its sex, MLive reports. "If we were to have a girl, I think we would go into shock," says Michigan mom Kateri. She says she'd actually slightly prefer to have another boy: "We know what we are doing. Why change things up?" Dad Jay, however, is hoping for a girl. "I’ve experienced all the boy stuff," he notes. "As long as we are having all these children, it would be really neat to experience the other side."

Either way, "we are both super excited, and obviously we are just hoping for a healthy baby," says Jay, noting that his sons are split on whether they're hoping for a girl or another boy. The couple's oldest son is 22, while the youngest was born in August of last year. The next one is due in May. In the meantime, "I love being pregnant," says Kateri, who herself has 13 siblings. "I’ve spent half of my life being pregnant." The Catholic Schwandts, who live north of Grand Rapids, are opposed to birth control, the AP reports. (More parenting stories.)

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