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Couple’s latest is 12th son

DETROIT – A western Michigan family welcomed their 12th child. And, shocker, it’s a boy – just like the other 11.

Jay and Kateri Schwandt, of Rockford, believed the latest baby might break the gender streak, especially after Kateri, known as Teri, was nine days past her due date. That was unusual for her pregnancies. But as it turned out, it was hardly a game-changer as a nurse at a Grand Rapids hospital announced delivery of another boy. Tucker was 7 pounds, 12 ounces.

“Of course. There was a chuckle in the whole room,” Teri, 38, said Thursday. “I looked at my husband, and we exchanged a knowing smile. When they say it’s a boy, I think, OK, no problem. I’ve got this. We know what we’re doing.”

Tyler is the oldest son at 21. When the school year starts, three Schwandt boys will be in high school, while five brothers are in lower grades. That leaves three more at home with Teri.

The Schwandts, who live north of Grand Rapids, consider themselves devout Roman Catholics who don’t believe in using birth control. Teri comes from a family of 14 kids.

But she’s not the only member of her own family committed to the cause. She has a sister in the Detroit area who has 10 children of her own. Yep, all sons.

“It appears there is some type of genetic determination in some families that have a lot of girls or a lot of boys,” said Dr. Bob Barbieri, chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. “It’s not well understood. It’s more than a statistical oddity.”


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