“How I Do It” introduces you to a local mom and how she juggles life. This week: Alejandra Jimenez-Sanchez, a client service associate at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, is next in our series. The 30-year-old is married to Edgar and now expecting her first child, Liam Isaiah.
After 17 years of living here, I now consider myself a Cornhusker. I was born and raised in sunny California so I always thought I’d one day move back. Omaha grew on me and I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.
MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSON IN MY LIFE
My mom, Diana, is such a strong and positive person it rubs off on people. Despite all of the hardships in her life including six major surgeries and divorce, she continues to have a contagious smile and positive outcome on life. I’m mainly proud of my mom because she became a U.S. Citizen last year and she voted for the first time on Tuesday. I became teary-eyed when she registered to vote. It was an amazing feeling and I couldn’t be more proud.
I have been married to Edgar for two and a half years and are now expecting our first baby boy, Liam Isaiah due on Nov. 26. Our home is comfortable, peaceful and has with a touch of vintage and contemporary. I love to decorate so there are a lot of personal touches and D-I-Y projects throughout my house.
WHEN I FOUND OUT I WAS PREGNANT…
I was in complete shock because I was told I would never be able to have children. When I was in my 20′s I had surgery to help me get pregnant one day but after almost two years of trying, my husband and I weren’t having any luck. I was scheduled for my second surgery in March of this year. I wasn’t feeling very good in February after a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and doctors told me I had a stomach virus. Just to be sure, they had me take pregnancy tests two different times and both times appeared negative. I was very disappointed and cried each time because all I wanted was to be a mommy. Weeks passed and I still had this “stomach virus.” So they asked me to take another pregnancy test one last time, so I did during my work lunch hour. And my miracle became a reality, I was pregnant! I dropped to my knees and cried out “Thank you, Jesus!”
ASKING FOR HELP
I’ve had a pretty tough pregnancy and asking for help has been very hard because I’m so independent. When I was put on bed rest in my first trimester, I had to learn to let go and let people help. I am so thankful for my husband, friends and family.
MOST DISGUSTING PART OF MY PREGNANCY IS…
My great sense of smell. And, O.M.G., some smells are meant to not be recognized.
THROUGHOUT THE PREGNANCY…
I’ve tried to be more conscious of my husband’s feelings, fears and worries. You get so involved and consumed with how your body is changing — if you are eating too little or too much, if you are doing a good job taking care of this baby and your own emotions — that you forget there’s one more person who’s also going to be a parent for the first time. One day after an ultrasound my husband was very serious and not himself. When I asked him what was wrong for the fourth time he started to cry and said how scared he was that he wouldn’t be able to provide for our baby and worried if he would be a good father. It broke my heart to know that I never thought he had such fears because I figured he’s not the one carrying the baby so he has nothing to worry about.
My husband loves the name Liam which he got from the actor Liam Hemsworth. When he put it together with Isaiah, one of my favorite names, I was sold on the name.
I’M MOST AFRAID OF…
Changing my babies diaper while he’s healing from being circumcised. My friends tell me it’s a piece of cake but I’ve never done it before or have even seen a baby that just got circumcised. It gives me anxiety just thinking about it.
BEST PART ABOUT BEING PREGNANT
I am lucky to be able to bring a little human being into this world. I love feeling him move and getting to know him while in my womb. It’s amazing!
SOMETHING NO ONE ELSE KNOWS…
I have been praying to go on a missionary trip wherever and whenever the Lord puts it in my path. I was given the gift of becoming a mother so it’s my heart’s desire to give back.
ALSO READ: “A real-life haute mommy,” “Former Husker talks about pro career, being a dad”, “Teacher Gabrielle Gaines-Liwaru,” among others in our “How I Do It” series.
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