Alexis Brett was the first woman in Britain to have ten sons – and now to complete the picture she and husband David have had baby number eleven – but this time, much to their surprise, it’s a girl!
An unexpected surprise
It was Christmas Eve when some sort of bug had swept through the household and the family was slowly recovering. However, for Alexis, it just didn’t go away.
A pregnancy test later confirmed that she was, in fact, going to have yet another baby. And while this was a happy outcome in itself, the fact that the baby was a girl came as extra exciting news.
“I’d been expecting to hear we were having another boy. But when I found out it was a girl, my face was a picture,” the 39-year-old mother told the Mirror. “I was shocked, but delighted. Now she’s here with us, it’s a fantastic feeling.”
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Family of 10 boys
The couple, who live in the Scottish Highlands, said they were not holding out for a girl and would have been happy for either.
“All my sons are special to me – if another boy had been on the way it wouldn’t have bothered me,” said Alexis. “We’re asked a lot if we had so many children because we were hoping for that elusive girl.”
The ten brothers, which include Campbell, 17, Harrison, 16, Corey, 14, Lachlan, 11, Brodie, nine, Brahn, eight, Hunter, six, Mack, five, Blake, three, and Rothagaidh, two, are already delighted with the arrival of their baby sister who has been called Cameron.
“They’ve generally been much better behaved around her, trying to keep quiet in case they wake her up,” David said. “They also want to help with holding and feeding her – it’s been great.”
Life with a big family
Life is full for any parent; however, with ten boys on the go and now a newborn to boot, Alexis is pretty busy. Family holidays are a bit tricky, shoes are in constant demand and Alexis says she does 49 loads of laundry a week and vacuums the house seven times a day.
“It’s not easy with so many boys running around, but I like everything neat and tidy. I can’t stand mess,” she says.
And while the part-time fitness instructor and mother of 11 never meant to have a big family, she wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I’d never planned to have a large family, but now I do, I love it,” she said.
Any more on the cards?
Baby Cameron, while a welcomed surprise, was certainly not planned.
“I can honestly answer ‘no’. Cameron wasn’t planned, but I was happy all the same,” said Alexis in the interview. “Luckily all my pregnancies have had little or no drama.”
But now with their baby girl finally in their arms, enough really is enough, and Alexis and David feel their family is well and truly complete.
“We’re definitely stopping now,” Alexis told the Daily Mail. “There’ll be no more. I said that last time, but this time I absolutely mean it. I love my family as it is now.”