Sharples and Stephenson didn’t need to worry, though, as the surprise wasn’t necessarily a bad one. The nurse merely wanted to congratulate them on the birth of their son. Yes, that’s right, the couple who had prepared so meticulously for a daughter were instead blessed with a son. “I couldn’t understand it when the midwife said it was a boy,” Sharples admitted. “All our scans had confirmed it was a girl, and I had everything prepared in pink.”
“We looked at each other and couldn’t believe that Lily-Mae was actually a boy,” she added. And, of course, with this revelation the baby would need a different name. “We decided to name him Joseph as we didn’t think he would appreciate the name Lily-Mae,” Sharples explained.