Becoming the first mother in Britain to give birth to 10 boys, Alexis Brett thought that nothing could surprise her.
But it turned out that life had its own plans for a 39-year-old mother. She gave birth to her 11th child and she was a lovely girl.
“We’re over the moon”, Alexis said whilst cradling the newborn baby Cameron.
“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.”
The girl is only a few weeks old, but she already has a significant influence on her ten brothers, who are from 2 to 17 years old.
44-year-old dad David, the 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.”
“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.”
Cameron’s crib currently sits next to a wall of ‘It’s a girl!’ cards and has a floral blanket draped over it. Her presence seems like a novelty to the boys who keep poking their heads in to gawk at the new arrival.
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.”