If you gave birth to 10 boys in a row, and finally, after 15 years you have a girl, it would be a miracle, right? After all, it feels good to have another female around the house full of males.
Just like Alexis Brett’s home. At 22, she gave birth to a bouncing baby boy and over the next 15 years have nine more babies– all of them male.
Alexis and David Brett have been together since 1998. They live in a detached five-bedroom home in Dingwall, Ross-shire, with their 10 boys.
Alexis and David were the first British couple known to have had ten boys in a row.
After 15 years, they were blessed with a baby girl.
“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.” Alexis said as she cradles her baby girl.
They named her Cameron, after the actress Cameron Diaz. Her birth has already had a remarkable effect on the lives of her brothers, Campbell, 17, Harrison, 16, Corey, 14, Lachlan, 11, Brodie, 9, Brahn, 8, Hunter, 6, Mack, 5, Blake, 3, and Rothagaidh, 2.
“She’s already having a good influence on the boys. They have 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.” David said.
Alexis gave birth to a 7 lb 2oz Cameron on August 27.
“We’re definitely stopping now. No more! I remember saying that last time, but this time I absolutely mean it. I love my family as it is now.” laughs Alexis.
“Of course, we do get comments about the number of children we have. 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.” She added.
Alexis suspected she might be pregnant last Christmas Eve and a home test confirmed it. The Bretts had no idea of which their other baby’s sex was until they were born, but this time at a private clinic they had a gender scan.
“Curiosity did get the better of us. When the results came in the post, Harrison opened the envelope because I was too nervous. When we realized it was a girl, we were amazed. It sounds silly because it’s a 50:50 chance, but we were surprised anyway. We’ve been asked a lot whether we’ve had so many children because we were hoping for that elusive girl. But I can honestly answer no. Cameron wasn’t planned, but I was happy all the same, and if another boy had been on the way it wouldn’t have bothered me.” said Alexis.
“I’m an only child myself and I’d never planned to have a large family, but now that I do, I love it. I always joked I wouldn’t have a clue what to do with a girl anyway but that’s all changed now, of course, and I have to admit that we’re having a lot of fun buying pink things for the first time.” She added.
Alexis intends to return to her job as a part-time fitness instructor in a few weeks. Alexis’s daily routine usually begins an hour after her husband goes to work at 4.30am where she enjoys a coffee and a shower before the first of the children wake up for school.
David makes three trips to the local supermarket each week, with so many hungry mouths to feed the family cannot fit an entire weekly shop into their two double fridges or kitchen cupboards.
They had about £300 weekly bill and that includes 16 loaves of bread, 9 large boxes of cereal, 7 liters of fruit squash and 100 packets of crisps, 50 pints of milk, 25 bananas, 30 apples, 2 tubes of toothpaste, and 2 kilograms of pasta.
Surprisingly, Alexis does all the washing-up by hand because the Bretts does not own a dishwasher. Every week, 80 showers and baths are run, and seven times a day the washing machine is loaded. And she also vacuums the house seven times a day.
“It’s not easy with so many boys running around, but I like everything to be neat and tidy. I can’t stand mess.” she shrugs.
David a hands-on father and shares the housekeeping around his flexible working hours. Six years ago, he was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson.
“I wouldn’t have it any other way. My medication helps with the symptoms, which are thankfully still minor,” he says.
“I always try to have time for each of our boys. It’s difficult for us to have a holiday as one big group –that hasn’t happened for years.” He added.
About £300 is The family’s monthly clothes bill, with at least three pairs of new shoes bought every few weeks. There are 40 pairs of trainers, school shoes and Hunter wellies are all neatly stacked on a shoe rack just inside the front door.
TheBretts owned a seven-seater people-carrier and a five-seater Range Rover, but Alexis cannot drive so if they want to go out as a family, David does a double journey.
There have been hardly any concession to femininity in the home, in between picking up toy cars and Lego, and not to mention putting down the toilet seat. The novelty of finally having a girl in the house is irresistible after the procession of small boys peering over the rim of the crib.
“David and I do look at each other sometimes to say ‘What have we done?’, but we could never imagine life with a small family now.” Alexis says.
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