A Scottish mum of 10 boys has revealed she’s welcomed an 11th baby – and told how she was ‘gobsmacked’ by the newborn’s arrival.
Alexis Brett, 39, thought she and husband Davie would be welcoming another little boy after their first 10 children were all boys.
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So when she fell pregnant for an 11th time, the couple were so sure they would have an eleventh son they almost didn’t bother asking the sonographer what gender their baby was.
But the family were dumbstruck when they found out there would be a little girl joining them after 17 years of sons.
And now they’re thrilled that baby Cameron has arrived to join their family of 13.
Alexis, a former nurse who retrained as a fitness instructor, said: “I was absolutely gobsmacked when I found out we were having a girl. I just didn’t really think we were capable of making a girl. We barely thought it was worth finding out the gender, because it’s the same every time.
‘I thought they’d got it wrong’
“We decided to do a little gender reveal for the family though, as the boys were so excited – when we opened the envelope and found out we were having a girl, I thought they’d got it wrong.
“It would have been just as exciting to have another son, because I love having boys – but I am thrilled that I’m not quite so outnumbered at home any more.”
Alexis and Davie chose the name Cameron as soon as they found out they would be having a baby girl, when Alexis was just 17 weeks’ pregnant.
Alexis said: “It’s funny, because obviously Cameron can be a name for a boy or a girl, but we just fell in love with it. We have always tried to give our children unusual names and Cameron is definitely more unusual for a girl.
“We did laugh and say people might just think that we couldn’t think of any traditional girl’s names though!”
Baby Cameron is now back at the family home in Inverness, for their latest arrival alongside her 10 brothers; Campbell, 17, Harrison, 16, Corey, 14, Lachlan, 11, Brodie, nine, Brahn, eight, Hunter, six, Mack, five, Blake, three, and Rothagaidh, two.
‘Everything seems so strange’
She and husband Davie, a train driver who also suffers from early-onset Parkinson’s Disease, admitted they were nervous about having a girl after so many years of boys.
Alexis added: “Everything just seems so strange – it feels as though we’re doing it for the first time again. I’m already worried about learning to plait hair.
“It feels very surreal to open the wardrobe and see little pink babygrows and dresses in there. “I have loved being able to choose girly outfits and dress her up.”
Alexis will have to find time to look after her new arrival in amongst her very busy daily routine.
The family do two big shops a week, with Alexis doing a top up shop every day, to replenish the six pints of milk and two loaves of bread the family go through every day.
She has two double-size fridge freezers which are filled to the brim and then emptied soon after with 10 growing boys to feed.
Far from relaxing at home with her newborn, Alexis has had to fit in changing nappies and feeds around five loads of washing a day and hoovering up to eight times.
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The wonder-mum even plans to go back to work as a fitness instructor in just a few weeks’ time – as she plans to fit teaching classes in around her husband’s busy job and the children’s routine.
But the couple insist that their daughter will be their last child. Alexis added: “We’re definitely not having any more. I will turn 40 this year, and Davie’s condition does mean that we do sometimes find it hard going.
“Everyone joked that if we’d had another boy we would have had our own football team, but we definitely won’t be adding any more to our brood.
“Lots of people assume we have had so many children because we have kept trying for a girl but that’s absolutely not the case. It just works out as a lovely way to complete our family. We wouldn’t change it for the world.”