Couple Has 14 Boys and No Girls
Kateri and Jay Schwandt made headlines again on Wednesday, April 18 when they welcomed their 14th child and it was another boy. Now, they have all boys and no girls. They made headlines back in February when it was announced that the Rockford, Michigan couple was expecting in April. They chose not to find out the sex of the baby until it was born.
The couple is used to making headlines. They did so when they were expecting their 12th child that turned out to be a boy and their 13th child which turned out to be a boy. Now, again they made headlines with their 14th consecutive boy.
Family with 14 sons to be featured in documentary
The parents and all 14 boys will be featured in an upcoming Lifetime documentary set to air in June 2018, according to CNN.
The Schwandts have been in the spotlights for years as their family of boys has increased, but they insist they are a family just like any other family.
Kateri said that every time a new baby boy is born, he brings something special to the family unit.
The 14 boys
Jay and Kateri said they would love to have had a little girl, but they are happy with another boy. Kateri is accustomed to large families because she is one of 14 children herself, but the siblings are a combination of boys and girls.
The 14th boy who was born five days early weighed in at 8 pounds, 4 ounces and is 21 inches long.
Here is the list of all the boys and their ages. As you can see, there is a big gap between their births.
- Tyler, 25
- Zach, 22
- Drew, 20
- Brandon, 18
- Tommy, 16
- Vinnie, 15
- Calvin, 13
- Gabe, 11
- Wesley, 9
- Charlie, 7
- Luke, 6
- Tucker, 4
- Francisco, 2
- Finley Sheboygan, newborn
Jay said this will be the last baby, but he said that after the 12th boy was born and again after their 13th son was born.
Story behind the name "Finley Sheboygan Schwandt"
One would think the baby's middle name has something to do with the city in Wisconsin, but Jay says it is not. When he appeared on the Today show, he said he had fun with the baby's middle name. He joked that the "she" they were expecting turned out to be a "boy" "again." So, they put the three words together to get "Sheboygan" based on a story Kateri's father told them before he died about eight years ago.
The story was about a Native American chief who was also the father of many boys. He was sure his last child was going to be a girl. When that baby also turned out to be a boy, the chief named the baby Sheboygan because "she is a boy again."
No doubt, Finley Sheboygan Schwandt will have to explain his middle name to many people when he grows up.
The chances of having 14 boys in a row are one in 16,384.
Responses from the parents
The parents appeared on the Today show a couple of days after the baby was born. They spoke to Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb from the hospital. They showed their delight about having the new baby.
In an interview during the week, Kateri said having another child wouldn't make that much difference on the family financially. She also said that she is used to the noise and the chaos around the house.
Jay said it might look strange from someone from the outside looking in, but he couldn't imagine not having 14 boys.
Hoda asked Jay about transportation with such a large family. He said they get around a lot and do things together as a family. They have two cars. The older children take the car and Jay said he takes the little ones with him in a big van.