some would say having children and being parents could be the toughest job on the planet, and it could be the most beautiful thing. Having little ones running around the house, the noise, the fights are stressful but it will fill our lives with plenty of memories and forget the loneliness that most people experience.
As parents, most people love to have kids from both genders, something which we cannot control.
Alexis Brett, 39, from the Scottish Highlands welcomed baby Cameron along with 44-year-old husband David.
Instead of waiting until the birth to find out, the pair decided to have a sex scan.
Alexis says she was too nervous to open the results and instead the task was handed to 16-year-old Harrison.
The family of thirteen insist they weren’t “holding out” for a girl, “I’d been expecting to hear we were having another boy” Alexis says.
“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,” she adds.
Baby Cameron is having a big effect on her brothers, too – the previously all-male brood who range in age from two to 17 are delighted to have a sister to play with.
“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,” dad, David says.
Cameron’s brothers are Campbell, 17, Harrison, 16, Corey, 14, Lachlan, 11, Brodie, nine, Brahn, eight, Hunter, six, Mack, five, Blake, three, and Rothagaidh, two.
The family lives in a five-bedroom detached house which Alexis and David keep fiercely neat and tidy, with their ten boys lending a hand.
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‘WE’RE DEFINITELY STOPPING NOW’
Alexis says: “It’s not easy with so many boys running around, but I like everything neat and tidy.
“I can’t stand mess.”
David and Alexis estimate they 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.”
Alexis and David promise they’re done with having kids now – with Alexis having spent the best part of the last eight years pregnant.
“Of course, we do get comments about the number of children we have – especially when I was pregnant again,” she adds.
Alexis says she is “immune” to most birth control and is now considering sterilization.
An only child, Alexis says she never planned on having such a big family.
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 says she wakes up at 5.30 every morning and manages to get in some time for herself before the boys wake up for nursery and school.
Dad, David loves his big brood.
Despite being diagnosed six years ago with early-onset Parkinson’s, he is a hands-on dad.
David takes medication to manage his health struggles and says the symptoms are “thankfully still minor.”
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Alexis works as a part-time fitness instructor and David is a train driver.
“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,” Alexis says.
David says the only issue they have is family holidays – “It’s difficult to have a holiday as one group, that’s not happened for years,” he says.
“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.”
The boys now have to make way for a change in their household, as Cameron comes with a flurry of floral and pinks – but the boys are loving it.
On their huge family, Alexis and David have no regrets.
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.”