Couple with 14 sons finally welcome first daughter after 30 years

by San Eli News

A couple have had a daughter almost 30 years after they welcomed their first of 14 sons into the world.

Kateri Schwandt gave birth to Maggie Jayne, who weighed in at 7lb 8oz, at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Thursday.

She is the latest addition to the large family, who live on a 200-acre farm in Michigan.

The family also consists of sons Tyler, Zach, Drew, Brandon, Tommy, Vinny, Calvan, Gabe, Wesley, Charlie, Luke, Tucker and Francisco.

Dad Jay Schwandt, who along with his wife is 45, said: “This year has been memorable in so many ways, for so many reasons, but Maggie is the greatest gift we could ever imagine.”

Maggie was welcomed to the world last week (Image: Instagram)

Tyler Schwandt, the couple’s oldest child at 28, said his parents had resigned themselves to not having a daugther.

He said: “I don’t even know if my mom owns any pink clothing – or anything.”

The family are regularly featured in national and local news and share much of their lives with the world via a livestreaming programme called 14 Outdoorsmen.

The couple now have 15 children (Image: Instagram)
Kateri with her only daughter Maggie (Image: Instagram)

A description of the show reads: “We have mom severely outnumbered, and as you can imagine, there is enough testosterone around here to fill a stadium!

“The boys have their own unique personalities, have a variety of interests and talents, but one thing we all have in common is our passion for the outdoors!

“Whether it’s hunting deer on our family farm, taking the boys on fishing adventures, camping, planting trees, climbing trees, collecting bugs or just raising a ruckus, if it happens outdoors, we do it, and we have a blast!”

The family livestream their exploits online (Image: Instagram)
Maggie was born at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Hospital (Image: Instagram)

The name of the show may need to be changed with the addition of child 15.

Jay and Kateri have been together since secondary school and they married in 1993.
Before they graduated from Ferris State University they had had three sons.
Kateri holds a master’s degree in social work from Grand Valley State University, and Jay, who is a lawyer and owner of a land surveying business, holds a law degree from Western Michigan University’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School.