For many parents, the idea of 14 children might seem too overwhelming. But one Rockford, Michigan, family, says they were a�?destineda�? to have the family they do.
Jay and Kateri Schwandt welcomed a son a�� their 14th a�� to their family on Wednesday. And Dad could not be more proud.
The family, with boys ranging in age from 25 years to 2 days, did not know the babya��s gender prior to the birth, In fact, Jay Schwandt said, the couple has never known ahead of time. a�?Thata��s like opening your Christmas presents on Thanksgiving.a�?
The 13 older boys were a�?pretty splita�? on whether they wanted to have another brother or a little girl. And even though this was his 14th time experiencing the birth of a child, it was a�?just as exciting the 14th time around.a�?
a�?We really savored this one,a�? he said, noting that the high school sweethearts are realistically at the end of their baby-making days. a�?Every little kick, every moment felt special.a�?
As for a name, baby Schwandt doesna��t have one a�� yet. a�?Wea��ve narrowed it down to just a couple,a�? Schwandt said. a�?After 13 boys, wea��ve really had to start getting creative.a�? He said the babya��s names would ultimately be left up to a vote of the older boys. Theya��re all coming today to meet their little brother, including the ones who are living on their own and off to college.
a�?Ia��m kind of the leader of this pack and ita��s very rewarding,a�? he said. a�?Ita��s times 14 to set a good example, be a good role model. Ia��m very proud.a�?
Today, therea��s 11 Schwandt boys still living with the parents. Jay Schwandt said though that ita��s his wife who is the a�?glue that holds the family together. Shea��s an awesome mom.a�?
Kateri Schwandt herself is one of 14 kids a�� seven boys and seven girls.
And since the five older boys all have girlfriends, there are females around that a�?feel like part of the family,a�? said Jay Schwandt. The whole clan 13 boys, two parents and five girlfriends recent;y took a vacation prior to babya��s birth. Thata��s not unusual, Jay Schwandt said, noting that the family does many activities as a group.
a�?Therea��s plenty of attention to go around,a�? Jay Schwandt said when asked what advice he would give to a couple who wants a larger family than is seen as typical.
a�?We love this,a�? Jay Schwandt said. a�?I cana��t imagine not doing this.a�?
SOURCE :The Nigerian Voice (local news)