Mum Gives Birth to Surprise Boy Instead of Expected Girl

by Laura Driver

Hayley Sexton, painted the nursery pink, had a pink-themed baby shower and had even chosen the name Isabella, but was stunned to give birth to a baby boy after being told she was expecting a little girl TWICE.

Little Alfie Sexton arrived at 4.39pm, weighing 6lbs 6oz after a 33-hour labour at University Hospital of North Tees, on September 20. Hayley has since redecorated the nursery in her home and taken back all of the pink clothing she had purchased.

Teaching assistant Hayley said "I moved to a new house before I started the nursery, so I went all out, I got pink everything and I had 'Isabella' written all over the walls. I was over the moon when I found out I was going to have a little girl. I thought I'm going to have a little best friend for the rest of my life. When the midwife said 'he's here' I was like 'what do you mean 'he'?' It was a huge shock - I had no idea I was having a boy. At two scans I'd been told my baby was a girl. I absolutely love him, but it meant we had to do lots of sorting when we took him home. The whole nursery had to be re-decorated, we had to come up with a new name and had to take back a load of pink clothes we'd bought - but I wouldn't change Alfie for the world."

She said: "It was the craziest experience of my life. I didn't realise at first. It was only when the midwife gave him a clean off and lifted him up that I saw his bits! It was so strange because when I was pregnant, I was having dreams that I had given birth to a baby boy. My dad joked saying what you would do if you had a boy, and it happened."


When Hayley called her family to let them know, they were shocked: "I was in shock, all my family were. I called my mum to tell her and she didn't believe me. Some of them were upset for a bit because it was like they were grieving for a child they were expecting for so long. But I love Alfie to bits - he's such a lovely little boy. It was meant to be."

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Written by

Laura Driver

Blogger & Social Media Manager
Laura lives in Yorkshire, UK with her two teenage children. When they were little (and definitely not taller than her) she used to blog avidly about the trials and tribulations of motherhood. Laura is no stranger to all the joys small children can bring; sleepless nights, a random public meltdown or a spectacular poonami. She fondly remembers the time her youngest child rolled across a supermarket carpark in a trolley while she was putting her eldest child in the car and the time her, then, three year old took up swearing at a church event. Laura has worked for Your Baby Club, as a Social Media Manager, since 2014.

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