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Michigan couple with 12 boys welcomes 13th baby

ROCKFORD, Mich. -- A Michigan couple who already had 12 sons kept the all-male streak alive with the birth of boy No. 13.

Jay Schwandt said his wife Kateri gave birth to a son on Wednesday morning, four days after her due date.

The couple had said they were sticking to the tradition of not knowing the baby's sex ahead of time.

"Ok, so the boys know now!" the 40-year-old father said in a post on Facebook. "It's a BOY! Now we need to choose a name! BLESSED beyond belief!"

Thirteen-time mom Kateri Schwandt, also 40, has a lot of experience with large families, being one of 14 children herself.

Before the new baby arrived, she told The Grand Rapids Press she didn't care whether it was a boy or a girl.

"It doesn't matter at this point," she said. "If we had a little girl, that would be neat. But I would be just as happy if we had a little boy."

Her husband, however, admitted that having a daughter might be a nice change of pace. "My thoughts are it's probably going to be a boy," he told the paper. "But if I could put my order in, I would root for a girl.

"I've done all the boy stuff. I'd just like to experience it from the other side once." The couple's 12 older boys range in age from almost 2 to 22 years old.

A genetics counselor calculated the odds of giving birth to 12 boys in a row as .02 percent, according to The Grand Rapids Press.

In this Aug. 6, 2013, photo, the 12 Schwandt brothers pose for a photo in their home in Rockford, Mich. Clockwise from bottom left are, Tyler, 21, holding Tucker, 2 days, Vinny, 10, Drew, 16, Zach, 17, Charlie, 3, Calvin, 8, Brandon, 14, Luke, 19 months, Gabe, 6, Wesley, 5 and Tommy, 11. Chris Clark, AP Photo/, The Grand Rapids Press
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