Who said 13 is unlucky? Surely not Jay and Kateri Schwandt, who welcomed their 13th son into the world on Wednesday. The sex of the overdue newborn, who weighed about 9 pounds and measured 22 inches long, was a surprise—until he made his debut, of course.
"Ok, so the boys know now!" the proud dad wrote on Facebook. "It's a BOY! Now we need to choose a name! BLESSED beyond belief!"
The Michigan couple refused to find out the baby's gender ahead of time with each pregnancy. But not surprisingly, this go round, papa Jay expressed some hope that a baby girl would break the all-male streak—a sentiment shared by nine of his sons. The veteran mama, meanwhile, was rooting for another boy. (#momknowsbest)
While the thought of a house full of 13 boys would send me running for the hills—I have one son and he's plenty—Kateri seems totally at ease with the chaos of a large family. While it sounds like her home is filled with lots of activity, it also sounds full of love, too. "Your children are a little piece of you. Every day is Mother's Day," she told The Grand Rapids Press last week. "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."
Aww. Congratulations, Schwandt family!
Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow is a New York City-based writer and editor who traded in her Blackberry and Metro card for playdates and PB&J sandwiches—and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch her feisty, funny son grow up. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.
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