LAKEVIEW, Michigan. (AP) – A Michigan couple, whose large family drew attention to growing up by including 14 sons, have welcomed their first daughter nearly three decades after the birth of their first child.
Katy Schwandt gave birth to Maggie Jane on Thursday, weighing 7 pounds, 8 ounces (3.4 kg) and entering a world full of 14 older brothers.
Jay Schwandt said he and his wife, both 45, “are very happy and excited to add Maggie Jae to our family.”
“This year has been memorable for many reasons, but Maggie is the greatest gift we could ever imagine,” Detroit Free Press after the birth of their daughter at Daya Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids.
Schwandts has been featured in local and national news for years as his family grows up. The couple has a livestreaming program called “14 Outdoors” which may now require a name change.
His 28-year-old child, Tyler Schwandt, said his parents thought he would never have a daughter after 14 sons. He said nothing is rosy in the family home in Lakeview’s rural community, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Lake Rapids.
“I don’t even know if my mom owns any pink clothes – or anything,” said Tyler, who is married and recently 20 minutes from his parents’ 200-acre (81-hectare) farm Bought house at a distance of.
Schwands began dating anew to attend Gaylord High School and Gaylord St. Marys. He enrolled at Ferris State University in 1993, and the couple had three sons before graduating.
Both earned advanced degrees, even as their family grew. Cattery holds a master’s degree in social work from Grand Valley State University, and Jay, who is an attorney and owner of the land survey business, Thomas M. of Western Michigan University. He has a law degree from Colle Law School.