In Alexis Brett’s household, men were “corrupting” the house for a long time.
She became a mother when she was 22 years old. Alexis gave birth to a baby boy, but it didn’t stop her to have nine more babies for the next 15 years. And all of them were male.
They soon became popular in Britan, as the first couple to have ten boys for that many years.
After waiting for so long, Alexis brought a baby girl to the world.
After she gave birth, the 39-year-old Alexis said to The Mail that they are overwhelmed by having another baby in their house, and she is a girl! The Brett’s were expecting another boy, but the baby came as a surprise.
The baby girl was named Cameron, after the actress Cameron Diaz, and she changed her brothers’ lives forever.
Her husband David, a 44-year-old train driver claimed: ‘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.’
Cameron was born on August 27th and she is the 11th child of this large family, which includes Rothagaidh, 2, Blake, 3, Mack, 5, Hunter, 6, Brahn, 8, Brodie, 9, Lachlan, 11, Corey, 14, Harrison, 16, and Campbell, 17.
Alexis said that they are not planning to have another child.
She also added: ‘No more! I remember saying that last time, but this time I absolutely mean it. I love my family as it is now. 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.’
Last Christmas Eve, Alexis took a pregnancy test at her home, and it was positive. She spent more than eight years of her marriage being pregnant.
David and Alexis didn’t want to know which sex their babies were until she gave birth. But they made an exception this time, and at a private clinic, they had a gender scanner.
Alexis said ‘Curiosity did get the better of us’.
Her son, Harrison opened the envelope for her, as she was too nervous, yet excited to know the gender. They were amazed when they realized it’s going to be a girl.
She also added ‘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.
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.’
In their house in Dingwall, Ross-shire, all of the boys share rooms, as they live in a detached five-bedroom home since 1998.
As Cameron gets older, Alexis and David hope that her older brothers will move out of the house, so she can have her private room. For now, she stays in their room.
Alexis thinks she is immune to most birth control methods and plans to go back to her part-time job as a fitness instructor.
Most of the attention is now turned to the new member of the family, as she needs to be fed every two hours.
After her husband goes to work at 4.30 am, Alexis wakes up to have a little time for herself before some of their children wake up and get ready for school.
Her husband goes three times each week to the local supermarket to buy all the necessary things his family needs.
Their weekly bill is approximately £300 and they have to buy two tubes of toothpaste, two kilograms of pasta, 30 apples, 25 bananas, 50 pints of milk, 16 loaves of bread and 100 packets of crisps.
In the morning they eat a box and a half of cereal and nearly two loaves of bread. They serve the dinner in two phases, as the youngest eat first because there is not enough space for all of them at the table.
Alexis washes all the dishes by hand, as they don’t have a dishwasher in the house and she cleans the house seven times a day.
She says ‘It’s not easy with so many boys running around, but I like everything to be neat and tidy,’ she shrugs. ‘I can’t stand mess.’
Her husband helps around the house as much as he can, despite being diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s six years ago.
He stated ‘I wouldn’t have it any other way. My medication helps with the symptoms, which are thankfully still minor. 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.’
They spend nearly £300 on clothes and every few weeks they buy at least three pairs of new shoes.
If they want to go out on a family trip, David goes on a double journey, because Alexis cannot drive.
Despite putting down the toilet seat or picking up toy cars, Alexis doesn’t have to do any compromises around the house.
Even though this household was blessed with ten beautiful boys, the addition of a baby girl to their family is like a treasure.
One of her brothers tries to entertain the little girl with a white fur toy cat and he puts a pink ribbon around the toys’ neck.
Alexis adds: ‘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.’