‘WE HAD SEVEN BOYS & FI­NALLY TWO GIRLS!’

Af­ter seven sons, this NSW mum de­cided to take mat­ters into her own hands

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - ’00s - Jodi Mcma­hon

There was a time when the Snowy Moun­tains home of Jodi Mcma­hon was a male do­main. With six bois­ter­ous boys and her then-hus­band An­drew run­ning around the lush Tu­mut prop­erty, it was lit­tle won­der proud Mum, Jodi, was feel­ing some­what out­num­bered.

“The de­sire for a lit­tle girl was pretty acute,” she told Woman’s Day. “We tried all the old wives’ tales… dif­fer­ent po­si­tions, high-cal­cium di­ets, de­caf cof­fee… We don’t smoke or drink, so in the­ory we should have had all girls!”

While Jodi was preg­nant with the cou­ple’s sev­enth son Cody (an ear­lier boy, Ri­ley, sadly died in in­fancy) she started to ask about choos­ing her baby’s sex via IVF gen­der se­lec­tion. “But just as we were look­ing into it, it was banned in Aus­tralia. I was com­pletely gut­ted.”

The Mcma­hons turned to US experts for the con­tro­ver­sial tech­nique that screens out male sperm and boosts the 50-50 chances of hav­ing a girl to 90 per cent prob­a­bil­ity. Then Jodi and An­drew’s dreams came true with the tri­umphant ar­rival of daugh­ter Ad­di­son.

A year later, Jodi opted to try to give her a sis­ter. “I had one more frozen egg in the US, and this lit­tle one, Evie, is a bonus,” she says, beam­ing.

Jodi and An­drew have since separated and the four old­est chil­dren have grown up and left home. Both girls are at school.

“Luke, 24, owns a gym, Ay­den, 21, does gym work in Syd­ney, Josh is 19 and in the army, Billy is 17 do­ing an ap­pren­tice­ship – they’re all out of home,” says Jodi. “Cody is 13 and in year seven, De­clan’s nine and in year three. Ad­di­son is seven and in year one and Evie is six and in kindy.”

Jodi runs a dog groom­ing busi­ness and says only hav­ing four chil­dren at home seems easy af­ter look­ing af­ter nine!

As for hav­ing any more, she says “ab­so­lutely not!” and she’s quite happy to wait a while be­fore be­com­ing a grand­par­ent.

“I’m 45 so it’s a bit soon for that!” She says hav­ing a large fam­ily has been a joy though – and her two girls are the ic­ing on the cake.

“They’re very close,” she says. “Ad­di­son is very girly, while Evie is a com­plete tomboy. All the kids are close, ac­tu­ally. I’m very lucky,” she says.

The fam­ily in 2011 (left), all grown up (right) and youngest Evie (below).

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