my nice-to-a-fault, devoted catholic mother had only 3-- two girls, boom boom, and then, 16 long years later, a surprise-- me!
that being said, she has 11 brothers and sisters. most of them still indoctrinated...
her father, a stern swiss banker who could place a half franc into his ham-sized fist and squeeze it into a diamond, was one of 9, but with 2 or 3 stillborn siblings that were born during the madness of ww2.
and her mother, a beautiful fair haired swiss-irish catholic lady, was one of 12. her family were truly rabbit-esque. i've done the math-- i think i'm related to everyone in ireland.
my father is a lutheran of ukrainian and latvian descent. he was 1 of 2, and both of his parents were 1 of 2. which he has a joke for-- that his parents and grandparents only had sex one other time after their wedding night, lol!
i've been told my grandfather popped a gasket when he found out my mom married a lutheran. he popped gaskets all the time though. he died last year at 94. good riddance.