Michigan family welcomes baby boy No. 12

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    ROCKFORD, MI (CNN/WXMI) -- Baby Tucker is number 12 for one Michigan family! Their motto is "Thank heaven for little boys".

    Kateri and Jay Schwandt are now the proud parents of, count them, 12 boys. Although they'd been telling their friends and family to "think pink" in hopes they might finally get a daughter.

    Tucker Ray Schwandt was born on August, 4. He's coming into the world with 11 eager big brothers who rushed into the room anxious to teach him the ropes. Jay says, "I never imagined I`d be sitting here with my 12th child."

    Tucker's middle name comes from his grandfather Ray, who shares the same birthday. Jay says, "We didn't know what he would be when he was first born. We don't find out. It's always a boy, but it`s always a surprise." Kateri adds, "Jay said he was somewhat rooting for a girl along with a few other friends who were thinking pink, but blue won out. I'm sure a little girl probably would be fun but we know what we're doing. Sometimes I feel like I'm living in a locker room."

    Teri says after number 11, she's got this down. The family operates on flow charts and chores, sports and band-aids. Sometimes it's the law of jungle.

    With boys sometimes it gets a little rough. Ty, at 21, has a lot of experience with wrangling the bunch. Don't turn your back on them for too long. He's picked up a few life skills along the way as well. He says, "I know how to manage time and manage a schedule and make sure kids get where they need to be and get picked up when Mom forgets every now and then."

    The boys got to help in naming Tucker along with mom and dad. Jay says, "We almost had an Elmo."

    As for more children, Jay says they aren't opposed to having more. He says it's a religious preference and his wife is a devout catholic.

    Jay says if they are blessed with a 13th child, he does hope that is the charm and they are able to have a daughter.

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