It is safe to say that it has always been a man's world at Alexis Brett's house.
After he first became the mother of a bouncing baby boy at the age of 22, Alexis had nine more babies for the next 15 years – all male.
In fact, she and husband David were the first British couple known to have ten boys in a row.
But now something really amazing has arrived in Brett's household: a baby girl.
Campbell, 17, Harrison, 16, Corey, 14, Lachlan, 11, Brodie, nine, Brahn, eight, Hunter, six, Mack, five, Blake, three, and Rothagaidh, two, are pictured above from left to right along with parents Alexis and David Brett and their new sister
Alexis, 39, said to her new arrival last Sunday: & We are in the clouds. I expected that we would have another boy, but when I found out it was a girl, my face was a picture. I was shocked but delighted. Now she is here with us, it is a fantastic feeling. & # 39;
The birth of her daughter, Cameron named after the actress Cameron Diaz, has already had a remarkable effect on the lives of her brothers, whose ages range from 17 to two.
David, 44, a driver, said: & She already has a good influence on the boys. They generally behave much better around her and tried to keep quiet in case they should wake her up. They also want to help with holding and feeding her. It was amazing. & # 39;
The couple hopes that by the time their daughter needs her own room, her older brothers will have their own house. For now, Cameron has a cradle in her parents' room
Cameron & # 39; s arrival on August 27 – weighing 7 lb 2oz – marks the completion, the couple insists, of their large family including Campbell, 17, Harrison, 16, Corey, 14, Lachlan, 11, Brodie , nine, Brahn, eight, Hunter, six, Mack, five, Blake, three, and Rothagaidh, two.
& # 39; We're definitely stopping now, & # 39; Alexis laughs.
& # 39; Not anymore! I remember saying that last time, but this time I absolutely mean it. I love my family as it is now.
& # 39; Of course we receive comments about the number of children we have. But I don't care what people think. We are used to it. Some people think we should get benefits, but that is not the case. David has a good job, which means that we are not even eligible for full child benefit. & # 39;
It was Christmas Eve when Alexis – who had been pregnant for more than eight years of the last 18 years – suspected she might be pregnant again and a home test confirmed it.
With their other babies, the Bretts had no idea what gender they were until they were born, but this time they had a gender scan in a private clinic.
& # 39; Curiosity has improved for us, & # 39; Alexis said. & # 39; When the results came in, Harrison opened the envelope because I was too nervous. When we realized that it was a girl, we were surprised. It sounds crazy because it is a 50:50 chance, but we were still surprised.
& # 39; We have been asked a lot if we have had so many children because we were hoping for that elusive girl. But I can honestly say no. Cameron was not planned, but still I was happy, and if another boy had been on the road, it would not have bothered me.
& # 39; I am an only child myself and I never planned a large family, but now that I like it, I love it. I always joked that I had no idea what to do with a girl, but that has all changed now, of course, and I have to admit that we have a lot of fun buying pink things for the first time. & # 39;
With so many hungry mouths to feed, the family cannot fit the entire week shop in their two double fridges or kitchen cabinets, so David makes three trips to the local grocery store every week
Alexis and David, who have been together since 1998, live in a detached five-bedroom house in Dingwall, Ross-Shire, and the boys all share rooms.
The couple hopes that by the time their daughter needs her own room, her older brothers will have their own house. For now, Cameron has a cradle in her parents' room.
Alexis, who in the past joked that she & # 39; immune & # 39; is for most contraceptive methods, plans to return to her job as a part-time fitness instructor in a few weeks.
As with the arrival of a new baby, the routine of the Bretts family has ended up in chaos, with little dark-haired Cameron expecting feeds every two hours.
But Alexis' day usually starts an hour after her husband starts working at 4.30 am when she enters the & # 39; silent & # 39; time used to enjoy a cup of coffee and a shower before the first of the children get out of bed for daycare and school.
With so many hungry mouths to feed, the family cannot fit the entire week shop in their two double fridges or kitchen cabinets, so David makes three trips to the local grocery store every week.
The weekly invoice, excluding clothing, is around £ 300 and contains nine large boxes of breakfast cereals, 16 loaves of bread, 50 pints of milk, seven liters of fruit squash and 100 packets of crisps, 30 apples, 25 bananas, two kilograms of pasta and two tubes of toothpaste.
One breakfast session sees almost two loaves of bread and a box and half a box of cereal, while dinner is served in two stages, the youngest going first because the family's kitchen table is not large enough to carry everyone.
Amazingly, the Bretts do not have a dishwasher and Alexis does all the dishes by hand. Eighty showers and baths are performed every week and the washing machine is loaded seven times a day.
She also vacuums the house seven times a day, and is already on her second vacuum cleaner this year.
& # 39; It's not easy with so many guys running around, but I like that everything is neat and tidy & # 39 ;, she picks up. & # 39; I can't stand it. & # 39;
Too many men? Why is it all my father's fault?
By professor Simon Fishel
For those who wonder how this couple had so many boys, it's all up to the father – or rather his sperm – because this determines the sex of a baby.
If you have a sperm with an X chromosome, it makes a girl, while a sperm with an Y chromosome makes a boy.
We used to believe years ago that everything above six boys or six girls in a row was probably due to an imbalance in the father's sperm. But the evidence for this is weak and new thinking claims that instead it can be like throwing a coin.
The truth is that nobody really knows. The only way to test it is to take a sperm sample from the father to view the proportion of x and y sperm. The Bretts are an unusual case, but if you go back a few generations with 11 children, that would not have been unusual at all.
If a woman starts to have young children, it can become easier and they say that after you have had three, the delivery goes much faster.
It is said that by the time you are on your fifth and sixth, you hardly know it will happen before the baby is out. So having a family of 11 children is not due to the super fertility of the mother.
In fact, this is what women have been doing for a long time.
Women are remarkably well-conditioned against the stress and excitement of becoming a mother.
She needs to feed herself well, drink well, have a little TLC and then her body can handle it well.
David, who was diagnosed with early Parkinson's disease six years ago, is a hands-on father and shares housekeeping around his flexible working hours.
& # 39; I would not want it in any other way. My medication helps with the symptoms, which luckily are still small & # 39 ;, he says.
& # 39; I always try to have time for each of our boys. It is difficult for us to have vacation as one large group – that has not happened for years. & # 39;
The family's monthly clothing bill is around £ 300, with at least three pairs of new shoes purchased every few weeks.
Just inside the front door, 40 pairs of sports shoes, school shoes and Hunter boots are all neatly stacked on a shoe rack.
The family has a seven-seater people carrier and a five-seater Range Rover, but Alexis can't drive so if they want to go out as a family, David does a double trip.
Between picking up toy cars and Lego, and not to mention putting down the toilet seat, there are hardly any concessions to femininity in the house.
But as the procession of little boys peering over the edge of the cradle testifies, the novelty of finally having a girl in the house is irresistible.
A brother helpfully places a large white fur playing cat, complete with pink ribbon around his neck, at her sister's feet in an effort to keep her busy.
Alexis says: & # 39; David and I sometimes look at each other to say & # 39; What have we done? & # 39 ;, But we could never imagine living with a small family now. & # 39;
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