After 14 Boys, It's a Girl

Michigan couple welcomes 15th child, who broke their streak
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 6, 2020 2:14 PM CST
Maggie Breaks String of 14 Boys
The Schwandt family poses at their farm in Lakeview, Mich., in 2018. Standing from left are Tommy, Calvin, Drew, Tyler, Zach, Brandon, Gabe, Vinny, and Wesley. Seated, starting at upper left, are Charlie, Luke, mother Kateri holding Finley, father Jay with Tucker and Francisco in the foreground.   (AP Photo/Mike Householder, File)

A Michigan couple whose large family attracted attention by growing to include 14 sons has welcomed their first daughter nearly three decades after the birth of their first child. Kateri Schwandt gave birth Thursday to Maggie Jayne, who weighed in at 7 pounds, 8 ounces, the AP reports, and entered a world with 14 older brothers. After his daughter's birth at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Jay Schwandt said he and his wife, both 45, "are overjoyed and beyond excited to add Maggie Jayne to our family." The Schwandts have been featured for years in local and national news as their family has grown. The couple have a livestreaming program called 14 Outdoorsmen that may now need a name change. Their eldest child, Tyler Schwandt, 28, said his parents thought they would never have a daughter after 14 sons.

"I don't even know if my mom owns any pink clothing—or anything,” said Tyler, who is engaged to be married and recently bought a home 20 minutes away from his parents' 200-acre farm in rural Lakeview, 30 miles northeast of Grand Rapids. The Schwandts started dating as freshmen at Gaylord High School and Gaylord St. Mary’s, respectively. They wed in 1993, before they attended Ferris State University. By the time they graduated, the couple had three sons. Both parents earned advanced degrees, even as their family grew. Kateri holds a master's degree in social work from Grand Valley State University, and Jay, who is a lawyer and owner of a land surveying business, holds a law degree from Western Michigan University's Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

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