All-boys club: Michigan couple welcomes 12th son

DETROIT (AP) — A western Michigan family welcomed their 12th child this week — and they're all boys.

Jay and Kateri Schwandt (SCHWANT) live in Rockford, near Grand Rapids. Their new son, Tucker, was born Sunday. Their oldest, Tyler, is 21.

The 38-year-old Kateri, who's known as Teri, says there was a chuckle in the hospital room when the delivery nurse said it's a boy. Teri says she doesn't need a handbook for raising another.

The Schwandts are devout Roman Catholics who leave the size of their family to God. Teri's sister has 10 children, and they, too, are all boys.

Dr. Bob Barbieri of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston says genetics play a role in large families with kids of a single gender. He calls the Schwandt family "amazing."


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