In relationships they always say three’s a crowd but I think the same can be applied here. That’s because this woman has eleven kids. Eleven.
What’s more shocking is that the first ten are all boys…
Which is probably why 39-year old Alexis Brett was shocked to hear that she was finally going to give birth to a baby girl, called Cameron.
Why go through all that trouble to give it a boy’s name?!
“We’re over the moon”, said Alexis. “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.”
It’s not clear whether she kept having kids to finally get a girl but it does seem pretty likely.
Either way ten, sorry eleven kids is a lot to handle. Fair play – I couldn’t deal with that many little horrors running around my house.
Alexis works part time as a fitness instructor. It’s amazing she manages to fit any work in – she practically runs a mini school in her house.
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.”
Alexis explains that although Cameron was an unexpected pregnancy, she’s overjoyed at finally having a girl.
“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.”
In case you were wondering, from oldest to youngest we have Campbell, 17, Harrison, 16, Corey, 14, Lachlan, 11, Brodie, 9, Brahn, 8, Hunter, 6, Mack, 5, Blake, 3, and Rothagaidh, 2. And now obviously Cameron.
Alexis’ routine seems pretty intense too; she normally gets up at about 5:30 every morning to prepare for the day’s duties. She then has to sort each and every one of the children for nursery and school and claims she goes through 49 loads of laundry a week and hoovers the zoo, sorry house, seven times a day.
”I can’t stand mess” says Alexis. “I like everything neat and tidy”.
“I’d never planned to have a large family, but now I do, I love it,” she continued.
“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 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.”
I can barely look after myself, so the prospect of having eleven children to look after is actually pretty horrifying.
Hats off to you, Alexis, let’s hope you can finally “stop making babies” as Judge Judy would say…
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