Kateri and Jay Schwandt of Rockford, Michigan, added a 14th son to their family on Wednesday, April 18. The little guy has been named Finley Sheboygan Schwandt.
The proud parents already had 13 sons ranging in age from 25 to 2 when they became pregnant with what they feel will probably be their final baby.
“We are extremely blessed,” said Jay. “He is so happy and healthy.”
And though it seemed everyone around them waited with bated breath to see if they would finally add a daughter to the mix, the Schwandts said they were more excited just to have a baby to hold again.
“For us, it is about the baby, about the miracle of life,” Kateri said in an interviw two months before Finley’s birth. “It’s not about having a girl.”
On Thursday, the Schwandts spent the day introducing baby Finley to his “super excited” brothers.
The Schwandts tossed around the idea of using the name for several of their other sons, Jay said, but since they are pretty sure this is their last baby, they decided to go for it and use the name. “We figured, what the heck?” he said. “People think we are crazy anyway.”
Jay also said that although he knows people do question their sanity after choosing to have 14 children, “This is just what we do. We are equipped to handle it. We enjoy every minute of it.”
Source: Allison Slater Tate/Today
Photo: © Courtesy of Jay Schwandt