We had 10 boys.. now we’ve fi­nally got a girl

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - BY HEATHER MAIN

AF­TER be­com­ing the first mum in Bri­tain to have 10 boys in a row, Alexis Brett had re­signed her­self to life in an all-male house­hold.

But now the 39-year-old has a whole new a-gen­der… she has just given birth to her 11th child – a baby girl.

Cradling her new ar­rival last night, the proud mum said: “We’re over the moon.

“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.

“I was shocked, but de­lighted. Now she’s here with us, it’s a fan­tas­tic feel­ing.”

And daugh­ter Cameron has al­ready had a re­mark­able ef­fect on her broth­ers, who range in age from two to 17.

Dad David, 44, a train driver, said: “They’ve gen­er­ally been much bet­ter be­haved around her, try­ing to keep quiet in case they wake her up.

“They also want to help with hold­ing and feed­ing her – it’s been great.”

The cou­ple in­sist Cameron marks the com­ple­tion of their fam­ily, which also in­cludes Camp­bell, 17, Har­ri­son, 16, Corey, 14, Lach­lan, 11, Brodie, nine, Brahn, eight, Hunter, six, Mack, five, Blake, three, and Rotha­gaidh, two.

STOPPING

“We’re def­i­nitely stopping now,’” laughs Alexis. “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.

“Of course, we do get com­ments about the num­ber of chil­dren we have – espe­cially when I was preg­nant again.

“But it doesn’t bother me what peo­ple think, we’re well used to it. Some peo­ple think we must be on ben­e­fits, but we’re not. David has a good job, which means we don’t even qual­ify for full child ben­e­fit.”

It was Christ­mas Eve, as the fam­ily were all get­ting over a sick­ness bug, that Alexis re­alised hers seemed to be lin­ger­ing longer than ev­ery­one else’s – and took a home preg­nancy test to con­firm the news.

But this time the cou­ple, from Ding­wall in the Scot­tish High­lands, de­cided not to wait un­til the birth to find out the sex – and in­stead had a gen­der scan at a clinic 50 miles away in El­gin, Mo­ray.

Alexis, who has spent more than eight of the last 18 years preg­nant, said: “When the re­sults came, Har­ri­son opened the en­ve­lope, I was too ner­vous. We were amazed it was a girl.”

But only child Alexis is adamant she was not hold­ing out for a daugh­ter.

She said: “All my sons are spe­cial to me – if an­other boy had been on the way it wouldn’t have both­ered me. We’re asked a lot if we had so many chil­dren be­cause we were hop­ing for that elu­sive girl.

“I can hon­estly an­swer ‘no’. Cameron wasn’t planned, but I was happy all the same. Luck­ily all my preg­nan­cies have had lit­tle or no drama.

“I’d never planned to have a large fam­ily, but now I do, I love it.

“I al­ways joked I wouldn’t have a clue what to do with a girl… that’s all changed. We’re hav­ing a lot of fun buy­ing pink things for the first time.”

Alexis reck­ons she is “im­mune” to

most birth con­trol – and is now con­tem­plat­ing get­ting ster­ilised.

Af­ter Cameron’s birth 12 days ago, she plans to re­turn to her new job as a part­time fit­ness in­struc­tor in a few weeks.

Her day usu­ally be­gins at 5.30am, an hour af­ter David goes off to work – she uses the “quiet” time for a cof­fee and a shower be­fore the chil­dren start to emerge for nurs­ery and school. Alexis

does 49 laun­dry loads a week, and vac­u­ums seven times a day.

She said: “It’s not easy with so many boys run­ning around, but I like ev­ery­thing neat and tidy. I can’t stand mess.”

As she speaks, her youngest boy drops crumbs as he munches a Mini Roll – and out comes the dust­pan.

David, di­ag­nosed six years ago with early on­set Parkin­son’s, is a hands-on dad, shar­ing the house­keep­ing du­ties.

De­spite his daily health bat­tle, he says of his huge fam­ily: “I wouldn’t have it any other way. I al­ways try to have time for each of our boys.

“Med­i­ca­tion helps with the symp­toms, which are thank­fully still mi­nor.

“It’s dif­fi­cult to have a hol­i­day as one group, that’s not hap­pened for years.

“The seven-week school sum­mer hol­i­days can also be an en­durance test – most of the time they’re just happy on their Xbox or Wii Switch.”

Just in­side the front door of the fam­ily’s five-bed­room de­tached home, around 40 pairs of Adi­das and Vans train­ers, as well as school shoes and Hunter wellies of all sizes, are stacked neatly on a shoe rack.

They have to buy at least three pairs of shoes ev­ery few weeks. David said: “We don’t tend to do hand-me-downs, there’s no point. Be­ing boys, their clothes never seem to last.”

Al­though the fam­ily have a sev­enseater peo­ple car­rier and a five-seater Range Rover, Alexis can­not drive.

So most week­ends David takes the older boys out while Alexis stays home with the younger ones. If they want to go any­where as a fam­ily, David does a dou­ble jour­ney.

In be­tween pick­ing up toy cars and Lego – and putting down the toi­let seat – Alexis’s one con­ces­sion to fem­i­nin­ity was pre­vi­ously lim­ited to scented can­dles and flow­ers.

Now Cameron’s crib sits next to the “It’s a girl!” cards, draped in a bright flo­ral blan­ket. It quickly be­comes clear the hav­ing a girl around is prov­ing a nov­elty, as a pro­ces­sion of boys peer in and poke at their new sis­ter.

One pops a large white toy fur cat, com­plete with pink rib­bon, at her feet.

Alexis said: “David and I some­times look at each other to say, ‘What have we done?’ But when the boys come out with some­thing funny and make us laugh, it makes it all worth­while.”

All my sons are spe­cial to me… if an­other boy had been on the way, it would not have both­ered me one bit

ALEXIS BRETT ON HAV­ING DAUGH­TER AT LAST

IN THE PINK De­lighted mum Alexis with her first ever baby girl, Cameron

SUDS LAW Alexis does 49 loads a week

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