Couple With 13 Sons Has Yet Another Boy, His Name Is Making National Headlines
Cailyn Finkel 4/23/2018
When Jay and Kateri Schwandt found out they were pregnant for the very first time, they were over the moon with excitement. This was the start of their very own family -- and it was a magical moment.
Fast forward 25 years and the two found themselves pregnant with their fourteenth child! Every single one of the babies before was a boy with a bright smile and big personality, but something in Jay's gut felt that this pregnancy was different!
Was his wife really carrying a girl?
Jay told PEOPLE that finding out they were pregnant yet again was just as exciting as finding out about their first child -- but he recognizes their child-bearing years are probably behind them now.
"[Kateri and I] are both in our 40s now so we know we're coming to the end of this. So when we found out she was expecting number 14 we really relished everything that's gone along with her being pregnant again thinking this is probably the last time...
We're just as excited with number 14 as we were with number one. It's something we really enjoy and the boys have such a good time with it."
As the weeks passed with Kateri's pregnancy, they began to think more about the baby's sex. After 13 boys, a 25-year age range, countless fistfights, baseball games and broken objects, it would be nice to bring a little girl into the mix.
But it seemed as though the universe had other plans...
Rather than give birth to a bubbly baby girl, Jay and Kateri welcomed another boy into the world! Finely was born just before 6 p.m. in perfect health, surrounded by his parents and brothers and weighed 8 lbs. and 4 ounces.
Having fourteen straight boys is highly improbable but they were able to pull it off somehow! Jay told PEOPLE the entire family was overjoyed to meet their newest addition:
"We've got all boys, so it's what we're used to. It would've been nice to have a girl, but we're super excited to have another boy. Some of the boys were hoping for a little sister, and some were rooting for another brother. I was pulling for a girl."
Even though Jay didn't get the girl he and his wife dreamt about, they love their little Finley more than anything. When it came time to pick Finley's middle name, the family remembered a story Kateri's father used to tell them. A Native American chief known to be the father of many boys was sure his next baby would be a girl. According to the story when the baby turned out to be another boy he was named "Sheyboygan" because "She's a boy again." Since this is likely the Schwant's last baby, they decided it would be the perfect middle name for him. Finley will grow up with brothers Tyler (25), Zach (22), Drew (21), Brandon (19), Tommy (16), Vinny (15), Calvin (12), Gabe (11), Wesley (9), Charlie (8), Luke (6), Tucker (4) and Francisco (2).
They say there's power in numbers, and the Schwandt boys definitely can't be outnumbered!
Learn more about this strange Schwandt family phenomenon here. Congratulations, Jay and Kateri!