Before giving birth to my four year old daughter, I did not understand the importance of self care. After my daughter was born I dealt with postpartum anxiety. It was then that I learned the importance of practicing self care and wellness after giving birth. Though I had a fairly good pregnancy, I knew that I needed a couple days of additional rest. With a busy husband and three girls at home ages 18, 4, and 2, there is constant movement and not a lot of time to rest. I was not prepared for how amazing my stay at the Marriott would be, and I am grateful that I made the choice to check into a hotel suite.
As if I needed further confirmation that I was doing the right thing, I encountered a group of women who validated my decision. They were a group of beautiful flight attendants who were also checking into the Marriott Hotel in Torrance. Their bright blue uniforms added to the already fresh energy of the lobby. While waiting in line, one of the women asked about my baby. Once I told her that I'd recently left the hospital after giving birth she whispered to the other flight attendants. Before I knew it, word had spread, and besides affirming smiles, they began to cheering and applauding my decision. It reminded me of the importance of community and love. After my stay, I realized three takeaways from my postpartum time.