Alexis Brett is a mother of 10 children — all boys.
Alexis and her husband, David, believed they were finished with having children.
Until they learned they were pregnant with a baby girl.
“We’re over the moon”, Alexis shared. “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.”
And while she is only a few weeks old, the little girl is already making her presence known among her ten older brothers whose ages range from two to 17.
The father, David, 44, is a train driver. He shared: “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 shared that while Cameron was a surprise, she is elated to finally bring a girl into the Brett household.
“We’re definitely stopping now,'” laughs Alexis. “[There will] 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.”
Alexis, who has spent over eight of the past 18 years pregnant, was proud to introduce Cameron to her other children Campbell, 17, Harrison, 16, Corey, 14, Lachlan, 11, Brodie, nine, Brahn, eight, Hunter, six, Mack, five, Blake, three, and Rothagaidh, two.
“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 believes she is “immune” to most birth control is currently contemplating getting sterilized.
Currently, Alexis works as a part-time fitness instructor.
Her day begins at 5:30 a.m. just an hour after her husband leaves for work, where she uses the “quiet time” of the early morning to prepare for the coming day by having a coffee and a shower before the clan awakes for the day.
Alexis says that she does 49 loads of laundry a week and needs to vaccuum the house seven times a day.
“It’s not easy with so many boys running around, but I like everything neat and tidy. I can’t stand mess. 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.”