WESLEY CHAPEL — He swore he'd never be like his parents, the heads of a household teeming with nine children.
But state Rep. Will Weatherford is quickly catching up. This week, Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel and House speaker designate for next year, announced that he and his wife, Courtney, are expecting their third child.
"As a father of two children — and a third on the way — to have a beautiful, full-service hospital like this within a few miles of my home is very nice for my family," he said during a hard hat tour Tuesday of the new Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, which is set to open this fall, perhaps in time for the late-October due date.
"It's another election baby," he said, referring to their second child, Molly Marie, who was born shortly after the 2010 race.
Weatherford, 32, said he definitely won't have a family as big as his parents'.
"We will not be breaking any Weatherford records," he said. He's also not trying to keep up with the Corcorans, a reference to state Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-New Port Richey, whose wife, Anne, is expecting the couple's sixth child this summer.
Weatherford, who has two daughters, said the couple will likely find out the baby's gender before the birth. Will they share that news?
"Follow me on Twitter," he said.