Mother of nine girls, Sally Laycock of Welwyn Garden City, Herts, has the Christmas present she's always wanted - a baby boy.
Mrs Laycock, 34, finally gave birth to tiny Lewis after her husband John quit his job as a chef after 20 years.
After nine girls in a row, the couple had resigned themselves to being a totally female household.
But as soon as John, 37, retired after two decades in hot kitchens, delighted Mrs Laycock fell pregnant with a boy.
"I'm so excited to have a boy at last," said Sally, who has been pregnant for ten of the last 17 years.
She said that she had been told that the hot conditions in which Mr Laycock used to work could have been to blame for the couple's failure to give birth to a boy.