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Happy Birthday, Mommypotamus!

on August 20 | in Guest Posts, Uncategorized | by | with 129 Comments

Hey there! Daddypotamus here. Today is a VERY special day. Today is the day my wife, Heather, was born. What do you give a woman like Heather? This year, as part of her gift, I told her to take the day off and offered to publish a post in her stead. Amazingly, she agreed.

Here’s to Heather and a very much deserved day of rest!

5 Things You Should Know About Mommypotamus

I want to take a little time to share some insights that might help you appreciate the woman behind the potamus.

1. Heather sacrifices many personal comforts and luxuries for her babies

I cannot possibly exaggerate this point. I’ve seen Heather lay aside things most people won’t. The hours and days and weeks and months of research… Giving up vacations to spend our savings on experimental (but non-toxic) health treatments. The maddening sleep deprivation for EIGHTEEN MONTHS as she co-slept with our beautiful baby girl and her undiagnosed tongue tie. Her lack of girlie-girl pampering in order to ensure her children get real food with live cultures and healthy bacteria.

Everyone invests their time and money into something. It would have been so easy for Heather to feel overwhelmed by the uncertainty she felt at the onset of researching each and every health concern. She could have thrown in the towel. But she knew instinctively in her gut (pun intended) that there was more to our health than what the major health organizations were teaching. She set herself on a journey of discovery that many of you eventually benefitted from.

Heather deserves to be honored. There are many nice things she’s sacrificed for the sake of laying this solid foundation. I firmly believe that our children will have a remarkable advantage because their minds and bodies are unencumbered by so many of the pollutants that have infiltrated 21st century American life.

2. Heather has been my life support as I’ve become more functional

Unlike our kids, I’ve had my share of toxic bumps along the way. I was diagnosed with ADD and Bipolar Disorder my senior year of college, and came to terms for the first time with the reality that my brain hadn’t functioned optimally in many years.

She managed our finances and handled the bills for several years when it was all I could do to show up for work every day. She researched health solutions to my functionality problems, handled the finances, shopped for groceries, cooked every meal, washed every dish, cleaned the house, and worked a full-time job so that we could have a better life. She believed some foundational truths about food that I wasn’t able or willing to accept, and so she took upon herself the burden of searching out the ancient truths that would help her get her husband back.

I am in her debt. Every improvement to my health in my entire life is in some way connected to her research, encouragement, input, or incessant nagging. =)

Oh, and just to give that statement context, I became med-free 5+ years ago and continue to improve in mental clarity and focus each year. (Note from Mommypotamus: Daniel is no longer bipolar in any way, yay!)

3. Heather delights in our children every single day.

I notice that look at some point throughout each and every day. She savors a new word Micah has just suddenly learned how to say. She delights in Katie’s pure fascination with princesses in search of their true love. Through all the pains and trials and difficulties, Heather is always looking for an opportunity to delight in each of her children. This fuels the flame of affection and imparts a sense of value to each child as they see how Mama glows when she looks at them.

4. Heather teaches our children to be respectful and tolerant of other people’s lifestyle choices.

When Katie turns to me and asks, “Daddy, why don’t we eat candy?” I tell her straight up that most candy is made of toxic and processed materials. This, in turn, gets repeated by her directly to people. Ever hear your child tell someone else that the food they’re eating is toxic? It never sounds anything but completely judgmental.

Heather, on the other hand, uses more kind and gracious language in her explanations about types of “food” that are processed or unhealthy. She feels more strongly about the benefits of real food than I do (obviously!), but  she never loses sight of the fact that regardless of what we eat, we are still all just people.

And honestly, it just doesn’t always occur to me that my answers to their questions will directly affect their interactions with others. I’m very grateful Heather has taken this approach both with our children and with the occasional negative blog comments she receives on her posts. It’s always easier to receive from someone who loves you than one who condemns you.

5. Heather helps a lot of people and makes a real difference in the world.

I don’t know how she does it. I don’t think some of her readers understand how many dozens of questions she gets each day. When you take into consideration that she cooks every meal from scratch, she takes care of the kids, she spends hours researching and writing, and then she tries to respond to dozens of emails and Facebook messages… it’s amazing that she even tries to respond.

There are never enough hours in the day to answer each and every question that comes across… Still, Heather is making a significant impact on the world by helping transform the quality of people’s lives. There are hundreds of people, and I’m being conservative, who have experienced significant lifestyle improvements as a result of the well-researched information Heather has provided. When it comes to making an impact and being real Change in the world, Heather is fulfilling that mission every day.

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If Heather has touched your life in some small (or great) way , please share a quick story below.

Happy birthday, Babe. May this year unfold to reveal a host of dreams unexpectedly coming true.

- Daddypotamus

 

 

 

 

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129 Responses to Happy Birthday, Mommypotamus!

  1. Heather Burris says:

    Happiest birthday wishes to a fellow Heather! I still remember when I was trying to blog and Heather came and commented on one of my posts. Since I LOVE mommypotamus and share her articles frequently, it was an amazing honor. Though I figured out pretty quickly that I’m not meant to be a blogger, at least not right now, I still love how friendly and helpful Heather is. She is quick to encourage and get us thinking about something new and I love that about her. Thanks Heather for helping move me and my family along on this healthy living journey. You mean a lot to people you don’t even know! Hope this is the best birthday yet! <3

  2. Margo says:

    I stumbled across Mommypotamus through fb. What a great and fabulous find. She’s how I was able to figure out about my daughters lip and tongue tie (info I have since shared with many other moms). I hav tried her yummy recipes an read her ever insightful book (A MUST READ IF YOU HAVEN’T READ IT YET, still waiting for it to be published in paperback). I’ve had the privilege to spend time with her in person, and yes, she is just as kind in person as she comes across in her blog. My husband even follows her blog and will often ask me “hey, did you see Mimmypotamus’ post on _______” today. To say that’s she has had an impact on our family and the way we see health would be un understatement. I’m amazed and truely thankful for her constant research and time she takes to educate us (not to mention the spur i get in myself to reasearch more) about health. She is impacting lives and making a difference! Thanks heather for caring enough about yourself and your family’s health and then passing that along to the rest of us! I wish you a year of wonderful!

    • Heather says:

      Ha, that is awesome about Chet! He is in my all-time funniest dads hall of fame for that “Mayday! Mayday!” call over the baby monitor. Thank you for your kind words, Margo, and for sending me with a bit of home when we left for Tennessee. I’m happy to say it’s still alive despite some forgetfulness and minor neglect :)

  3. Cara says:

    Happy Birthday Heather! What a wonderful post, it really confirmed my suspicions all along that you really are a fantastic person all around :) Hope your day off goes well, and you get a little pampering in on your special day.

  4. Monica says:

    I discovered mommypotamus about a month ago and I’m so glad I did! I bought Nourished Baby and I feel much more prepared to feed my baby when she’s ready. I’m still baby-stepping toward better, non-toxic living, but I know that Heather will be there to help me :) Great post!

    • Heather says:

      It’s nice to “meet” you, Monica! So glad you discovered this community – I learn A LOT from the mamas who comment here. Can’t wait to get to know you better!

  5. Naomi Giuliano via FB says:

    What a wonderful tribute!

  6. Susan says:

    You are Awesome Heather! Your research has benefited so many beyond your family including me and my family THANK YOU ! and have a very Blessed and Happy Birthday!

  7. Megan Alba says:

    Happy birthday Heather! You were the first real-food blogger I stumbled upon in my journey, and your’e one of the few I keep “on tap” in my RSS reader. Every time I feel like I’m in over my head and I should give up, along comes a post like this one.

    I’ve been reading your blog for more than two years, and in that time I’ve changed my diet, cut out all toxic cleaners, and gotten off all prescription (and OTC!) meds. Plus, we’re preparing for a baby in 8 weeks (YIKES!) who has already benefited from the information you’ve posted on your blog. I believe s/he will have a much better start to life thanks to the time you’ve given to teaching others.

    So… THANK YOU. From the bottom of my heart. We’ve never met in person, but you’ve certainly impacted my life. I appreciate all you do for your family and for mine – and the countless others out there who are at their own place in the journey. Have a wonderful, blessed birthday!

    • Heather says:

      I still remember when we “met,” Megan! We’d been talking in comments for a few months when I popped over to read your “Meet The Buttertons” post and knew we were destined to be (virtual) friends. So excited to read about the birth of your little one (which you ARE posting, right????) and follow you on your journey into motherhood!Thank you for your kind words!

      • Megan Alba says:

        Of course! Can’t wait to be a part of your next birth story bash! And I’m working on a new blog site that I think you’ll LOVE.

  8. Happy Birthday to you! Thank you for all you give!

  9. Beth says:

    I am new to following this blog but I wanted to wish you a happy birthday. What a wonderful husband and family you have!

  10. Happy birthday, Heather! Many happy returns of the day :)

  11. caitlin says:

    So I thought I’d read this and be like, “well that was nice, Daniel loves his wife. Happy birthday heather.” But oh my goodness I’m crying. Heather, the way that your husband described your sacrifice for your children and for him is inspirational. The way that you encouraged and supported him as he struggled with bipolar is absolutely amazing. Daniel, Thanks for having the courage to share those details. Y’all have blessed my life greatly.

    Happiest of birthdays to you Mommypotamus! :)

  12. Anna says:

    Happy Birthday Heather! You inspire me every single day – my family has a better life thanks to the knowlege we got through your reaserch. Heck, I even made my own sunscreen! I wish you the best year ahead with many blessings (big and small) from the Lord. Thank you for all you do!

  13. Sheila says:

    Heather,

    I have been following you on Twitter for some time and most recently, your blog. I admire your passion and specifically your intense research. It is hard for us to make sense of all the conflicting research out there. Knowing you are adamant about in depth, unbiased knowledge is important when making decisions as to which ideas to apply to my life. Specifically, 80% of my cleaners are now homemade and I have sworn off anti-bacterial cleaners/soaps (for the most part) much to the improvement of my health and that of my students. I used to be addicted to the Clorox wipe and much sicker for it. Keep up your hard work. You are blessed to have such a thoughtful and appreciative husband!

  14. Jen says:

    Enjoy your day – I hope it is full of all of the things you love. Thanks for all you do!

  15. Lisa Kistler via FB says:

    That just made me tear up. Thank you for all you do, and happy birthday!!!

  16. Anna Nielsen says:

    Dear Heather and Daniel,
    Your blog was the first I began to read regularly and I discovered only a few months ago. Since then you have provided me with such inspiring reading, exciting ideas and personal longing to start sharing my own ideas through blogging. My discovery of Nourishing Traditions and the W. Price Foundation a year ago was a turning point in my already long pursuit of living a healthy life. I was later thrilled to find someone online who writes so well about this approach to nutrition – and in such a humourious, creative and down-to-earth kind of way.

    I live in Denmark and my vision, or strongly felt ‘mission, Daniel, is to spread all the knowledge possible of our nourishing traditions among the danes. To begin a nutrition revolution! When all the practicalities are in place, I’ll start a blog – and you will be among those I’ll be officially thanking and thinking of as a main source of inspiration.

    Thanks a lot to both you and Daniel for sharing your life the way you do! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY HEATHER!

  17. Ahhhh, this has been such a fun morning so far! Katie woke me up dressed head to toe in one of my old tap dance costumes (adorable), Micah insisted on wearing sunglasses for his morning cuddle (Terminator, anyone?) and Daniel surprised me with new earbuds so I can continue my geeky habit of listening to science and history while falling asleep (have you ever seen what happens to ear buds if you leave your kids alone with them for 10 seconds???)

    Thank you for all your kind words. Back when Daddypotamus started this blog against my will** I never would have imagined how important it would become to me, how much I would learn from all of you, and how much I would just enjoy the parts of your lives you choose to share with me – especially the squishy baby photos!!! <3<3<3

    **I wanted to teach a cooking class in my kitchen but didn't have enough space – he said I should do this "in the meantime"

  18. melyssa says:

    Happy birthday! Yours is one of the few blogs I always check out, and I always mention to others. Sometimes a blog is novel for a bit, or you sap all the info out of it, or it just isn’t interesting after a while, but I can honestly say, yours is always fresh and fun and incredibly well researched! Have a happy, happy day with your beautiful family!

  19. Betsy says:

    Crying! Happy Birthday to you Heather. Leading the charge gallantly – the word that comes to mind – BraveHeart! It takes courage and love, doesn’t it.

  20. Emily Brown says:

    Happy Birthday, Heather!!! Hope your day is as fabulous as you are! :)

  21. AnnMarie says:

    Such a sweet and love-filled post! Happy birthday, virtual friend! I hope your birthday wishes come true. Daddypotamus, you have a great woman!

  22. Amanda says:

    Heather is one of the people I go to when I need some information about food or natural alternatives to things a lot of people take for granted. She’s the only reason I even know what a tongue tie is and we found out my newborn is tongue tied! I wouldn’t have thought to ask to have it checked had it not been for her!

    • Heather says:

      I am so glad to hear that, Amanda! Discovering Micah’s tie was such a huge turning point in our nursing experience. I’m glad someone told me so that I could tell you. Someday I’m sure you’ll mention it to a mama who needs the info as much as we did, and you never know what kind of difference that might make!

  23. Happy Birthday! You have been an amazing support for me and my family :) We love your book too!! Thanks for all that you do, keep going!

  24. Gail says:

    May God’s Blessings shower on you…abundant and overflowing!

  25. I kind of love this post. If only my husband appreciated my efforts and research the way yours does. You’re a lucky lady and it sounds like he’s a lucky dude. Happy birthday!

  26. Happiest Birthday to you, Heather! I’ve always loved your blog and with our son’s births just days away from each other, I’ve always felt a special kinship :)

    I loved reading Daniel’s tribute… so, so sweet. It’s good to see that you’re loved well :)

    ENJOY YOUR DAY, Mama!

  27. Kirsten V says:

    Happiest of birthdays to you, Heather! I actually went to bed thinking about you last night and how many many things I love about you…not the least of which is you make me feel perfectly normal that my kids might go to bed a little sandy and not be sanitized or take a bath every single night. :) Haha. You were my introduction to the blog world, and I still tell everyone about you as “my favorite blog”. Thank you, thank you for all the time and energy you sacrifice not only for your family, but thanks for sharing it with US too! I so appreciate your honest, educated, and downright hilarious ways of recounting your research. Have a wonderful birthday, dearie!

    • Heather says:

      Kirsten, I have LOVED getting to know you here and on FB. Thanks for asking hard questions, inspiring posts, sharing your babies birth stories and never failing to leave a thoughtful comment on days like this. Muah!

  28. Chelsea says:

    Happy birthday! I happened on your blog a couple of years ago and have learned so much. I forward any interesting posts to friends and family members, especially because you are a good teacher and the way you write makes things understandable. Thank you and have a happy birthday!

  29. omg – how delightfully sappy and sweet. glorious!! : )

  30. Krysta Stickler says:

    Happy birthday Heather! First of all, good job daddypotamus. The fact that you see what an amazing woman you have and can acknowledge what amazing things she does daily is FANTASTIC:) I’m a chiropractor in CO and am amazed at the valuable information Heather finds and shares with people. I learn something new everyday! The things I learned in Chiroprsctic school are exactly what mommypotamus posts! I share her website to educate people! Keep up the phenomenal work Heather. You are an inspiration to my family, my practice, my patients and the world who we get to share this information with:) Happy Birthday again!

    • Heather says:

      Awww, thank you Krysta! Have I mentioned how much I LOVE chiropractors. When Daniel and I decided what city to move to the very first thing was find a pediatric/family chiropractic practice that knows how to do Webster on pregnant mamas – and I’m not even pregnant! (yet)

      • Krysta says:

        You are so very welcome! That’s amazing:) I’m so glad you see the value in Chiropractic. It amazes me everyday! haha Good luck with the “yet” part, can’t wait to hear another inspirational story;)

  31. Amanda Iden Howell says:

    Happy birthday, Heather!!
    You’re my favorite blog and the one I go to for non-judgmental, real answers for how to get back to a healthy lifestyle.
    You inspired me to make my own sunscreen and it works even on my very pale little toddler man. And I got the beef tallow moisturizer because of you. It works so well I was able to pitch loads of crap I was keeping in my bathroom “just in case”.
    Thank you! Thank you for reaching out and sharing. I’m sure I’ll be learning a lot more from you in years to come!

  32. Lori Langone says:

    I learn new things every time I read The Mommypotamus. Keep up the great work. You’re an inspiration to many, Heather. Happy birthday!

    I loved reading Daddypotamus’s explanation about your differences in approach to turning down candy. I’m still learning that nudges toward healthy lifestyle are best framed in a positive light, when I’m sharing information with others.

  33. Kaitlin says:

    Heather is an inspiration not only in regards to her attitude, intelligence and communication skills, but also her work ethic. She is superwoman in more ways than one!
    Happy Birthday!
    I first found this blog for the Standard Process Cleanse recipes around (two)? years ago when I was refining my own journey to real and traditionally prepared foods. Since then the blog has become a mainstay on my list as a resource for recipes, information and thought-provoking topics.
    Unlike many of the Mommypotamus devotees, I am not yet a mama. But I feel that I still get a lot from the birth/parenting-related posts, even if it’s just a perspective that wouldn’t have occurred to me before.
    I’ll also never forget Heather’s support on my first blog when I was feeling it out as a chronicler of an organic farm project that I started back in 2010. I did a guest post for Mommypotamus and Heather was one of the first commenters on my site! Since then, my life has taken a series of turns, landing me in a new place and situation.
    But SOON….(I hope) I’ll be starting up a new blog as I gather my life together and maybe then, Heather, we can be “blog friends” again!
    ‘Til then, I’ll be a reader and admirer of your stamina! Have an amazing and restful day!

  34. Lo Shmo – Ahhh well, it didn’t really start out that way :) My first attempt to try to “make” him be healthy didn’t go over well, so I switched approaches. I learned to cook his favorite meals real food style and shared tidbits of info about the health benefits of certain foods along the way. He is a really adventurous person – the kind that would love to travel the world and share strange meals over campfires – so once we learned to make it fun things went a lot better. It helped when he started noticing that he felt better, too :)

  35. Lesley Spradlin says:

    What an an amazing tribute to you Heather…and I am sure that what Daniel said (about the change in HIS life you have made) that so many others could also say that. I can rememebr when you first quit your “day” job….holy moly, has life changed since then!! The Lord KNEW he had so much more in store for you and your purpose was so much greater. Its been awesome to sit back and watch him work through your family…and of course learn a ton from you. Happy Birthday….

    • Heather says:

      Thank you, sweet friend! I can’t believe how things have changed since those early days when we carried on conversations while managing poop explosions, tearful “sharing” practice sessions and toddlers who wanted to eat every snack except the one they brought. We have been SO BLESSED!

  36. Beth says:

    This blog has been an amazing resource in our family’s journey from mainstream to “crunchy”. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I have come back here to reference your articles. Thank you for all you do and sharing your knowledge. May God richly bless you as you continue using your gifts for him!

  37. Laura McGrath Schwab via FB says:

    Happy Birthday! Thank you for being a fantastic resource for all of us ‘striving-to-be-natural- mamas’ out there, your blog is a great support! You are a blessing!

  38. Kelly says:

    I am not even a mother, but I read your blog everyday since I was introduced to it. You’re an amazing and neurotically lovely woman, and I adore being able to relate to someone so different yet so familiar all the same. Happy birthday from someone whose brain is a bit out of whack, whose body needs a bit of work, but whose spirit is always raised by the knowledge that people like you exist in this world. :)

  39. Happy Birthday, Heather! I always appreciate your wisdom that’s found on this blog. I also appreciate your sensitive, kind heart that is felt in this community. Hope it’s a wonderful day!

  40. shanna boatler says:

    happy birthday heather!!! and thank you for the amazing blog i check on a daily basis:)

  41. Happy birthday Heather!!! I have learned so much with you. Thank you.

  42. Happy Birthday, sweet friend! I owe you a big apology for not being a better friend this year, in all the craziness that my life has been. I sure wish you were here so I could celebrate you in person. I’ve had you on my mind all day, and would love to be enjoying this rare, cooler weather w/ you. Wishing we could sit chatting in one of our yards while the kids play. Can you tell I miss you so?! Anyhow, I’m so very grateful for the true friends God placed in my life. What a blessing you are! Daniel is SO right about how many lives you bless. I know you blessed me and my family in a priceless way this year through your prayers and constant encouragement. I know we wouldn’t be here w/ out those prayers and faithful support. I hope and pray you feel extremely loved and celebrated today because you ARE! Happiest of Birthdays to a true friend!! Miss you :(. May He pour out rich blessings on you in this coming year- hugs!

    • Heather says:

      You do NOT owe me an apology! You are the friend I can call at 3 am if I need to (and have), that I can trust with the unhealed, raw parts of my heart without fearing judgment, AND that I can laugh with. Life gets crazy sometimes, but so what? That won’t make me love you one ounce less. Can’t wait to catch up soon!

  43. Sandy (NZ) says:

    I discovered Mommypotamus through the Nourished Kitchen blog, finding both at the beginnng of this year. From the birth stories to the recipes but mostly the health-related info on skin products to tongue ties to our attitude to sun exposure, I truly appreciate the research done, and also the way that Heather expresses her opinion without forcing you to take her word for it… My eyes get opened and I get to think for myself whether this is something I want to taken board or look into more… Or not…. :) And a million thank yous for the man-smell killer deodorant recipe! I can’t use supermarket deodorants, never could, and have never found an effective alternative… And now I make my own and it never never fails! Big birthday hugs, Heather, from the other side of the Pacific! And congrats on a lovely post, Daddypotamus! Good job!

  44. Lauren says:

    Happy Birthday! What a wonderful and well deserved tribute! I love your blog and thank you for answering my recent FB question. I can’t even believe you have time for that!

    By the time I found your blog, I had already been introduced to WAPF, but I have learned so much from you about vaccine injury, detoxing my home, and natural living. I know that my child and future children will be better off because of your blog!

  45. Trish says:

    Happy Birthday Heather! What a great post. You have blessed our family, for certain! I am extremely interested in learning what actions you have taken to heal the bi-polar disorder, as depression runs thick in my family! :)

    • Heather says:

      Hi Trish! I am not an expert, but what I noticed with Daniel is that his moods swings seemed connected to food. The more we cleaned up his diet and focused on other healing techniques (like neurobiofeedback to help stabilize his brain) the more his moods stabilized. Though he still has some focus issues that I think relate to a vaccine injury, I am happy to say there is absolutely no way anyone could consider him bipolar at this point. Though we didn’t know about it at the time a lot of what we did corresponds to the protocol in the GAPS diet, which is recommended for healing depression. More at http://www.gapsdiet.com

  46. Bailey says:

    Happy birthday, Heather! Yours is my absolute favorite blog of all time. I am so grateful to you for the info that you share. What a sweet and very well-deserved tribute.

  47. Happy birthday, Heather! Hope you had a day that was as fabulous as you are :) Thanks for all of your hard work – proud to be a Mommypotamus induced convert, lol.

  48. Carrie Dadey says:

    Heather-
    You are my favorite. I have said it before, but you get what you give, and you give so much love with no judgement in your blog. It is the most informative and well written blog for natural mamas, I tell everyone to check it out. I feel like we are friends even though we have never met, and I talk about you at dinner as if we are actually friends, “Well, Heather had a post today….”
    I also feel like we are friends because you have taken the time to answer personal questions for me via email. You are making a difference for people. Thanks, and Happy Birthday, fellow Leo!

  49. barbara Alger says:

    What an awesome post, Daniel! As Heather’s Mom I can attest that all the things you said about Heather are true! And it was a reminder to me of what an exceptional young woman, mother, and wife my daughter has become. Love you so much, Heather!

  50. Jenn P. says:

    Happy Birthday Heather! That was the sweetest thing I’ve ever read!

    • Heather says:

      Thank you, Jenn! I am very grateful to have a husband who chooses to see the best in me without avoiding my weaknesses. He has helped me grow so much and I love him!

  51. Elise says:

    There are so many examples of how you have been a help and encouragement to me Heather! Helping us figure out how to drink fluoride free water, writing articles on subjects that are hard to broach with my modern american diet friends so that i can take the wussy way out and just share your post;), recipes, money saving tips, your example of thoughtful & deliberate decision making in your parenting and life choices…. gosh it just goes on! I SO appreciate the care you take in trying to answer personal questions on FB as well- i have PLENTY of them, and you are always gracious and helpful. Happy Birthday!! What an exciting legacy you are building- your kids will grow up with a deep understanding of nourishing and life giving foods! Praise the LORD! What better gift?

    • Heather says:

      Thank you, Elise! For the record, I take the wussy way out too :) I love writing this blog because people who are interested can pop over and read if they want to, but on the other hand they can just skip! In real life you will very rarely catch me talking about these subjects unless it’s something the other person brought up or expressed an interest in, because in my experience the most important part of making healthier decisions is wanting to :)

  52. Kim says:

    I am just so happy to have found this blog! I have been “into” this sort of thing for years but Heather has found and written about and researched even more than I knew of. My kids are older (my baby is 5) but I am still learning from another parent trying to keep their kids healthy today. Thanks Heather and Happy Birthday! You’re pretty awesome!

  53. Happy Birthday Mommypotamus, have a blessed one :D

  54. Ruth Ann says:

    Happy Birthday, Heather! What an awesome post, Daniel! I only wish that I had gotten to know you while you lived in TX! We have begun our own health journey this year and you are such an inspiration! I have loved reading your blog and so appreciate your research and thoroughness on your topics. Hope you had a blessed day!

  55. Karine says:

    Happy Birthday Mommypotamus! I love your blog. You truly inspire me. Thanks for all you do!

  56. Sloane says:

    Happy Belated Birthday Heather! I friend forwarded me your blog post on SIDS and vaccines (she knows I’ve been pretty much obsessed with researching vaccines since I found out I was pregnant 13 weeks ago) and I spent the rest of the afternoon devouring the rest of your site. I’ve been having a tough time with my pregnancy as I was diagnosed with ADD when I was 7 and have been on medication for it pretty much ever since. I have a serious lack of motivation, feel sluggish all the time, and am realizing just how dependent I was on those meds ever since I got off of them! After reading that your husband is med free for 5+ years I’m really curious as to what has helped him…I’m thinking you’ve probably already written about it and I’ve just missed it on the site. I don’t want to get back on meds after breastfeeding so I am looking for alternative ways to help me out in the ADD department.

    Aside from all of that, I’m really excited to have found your blog and look forward to the many posts ahead to help me prepare for my little one and to continue living a healthier lifestyle! Thanks for all that you do!

    • Heather says:

      Congrats on your pregnancy, Sloane! I haven’t really written much on ADD, but I can share a couple of the tools we’ve found most helpful. One thing was neurobiofeedback, which helped re-train his brain to focus better. We went to The Sams Center in Dallas – they may be able to help you find someone in your area if you’re interested. Another thing we did was clean up his diet and focus on healing his adrenals, which were shot by excessive (prescribed) stimulant use. We did this mostly by piecing research together ourselves, but since that time the GAPS protocol has been introduced to make things easier. More info on that at http://www.gapsdiet.com.

  57. [...] Mommypotamus is a blog I have recently discovered and started to follow. Heather is the author, and she is looking to find the healthiest foods/lifestyle for herself and her family to follow. Yesterday just happened to be her birthday, and instead of Heather posting, her husband (Daddypotamus) published a beautiful birthday post in her stead. Read his birthday wishes here. [...]

  58. Happy belated birthday, Heather! Thank you for all that you do to impact the lives of so many!

  59. Jennifer K says:

    Hope you had a great birthday! I found your blog through Dianthe Hall’s blog. Your blog has made such an impact on our family. I decided to attempt an unmedicated vbac with a midwife which was in part due to the inspiring birth stories on your blog(it was successful and amazing). I knew who to turn to when my 10 day old was diagnosed with a tongue and lip tie. We have incorporated Bubbies into our diets and limit “toxic” foods. Most of all your blog has helped me to not feel so alone in the choices I make for my family. (my un-vaccinated, chiropractic going, probiotic eating, natural birthing, extended breast-feeding, co-sleeping, essential oil using little family).

  60. Leah says:

    First and Foremost… Happy Belated Birthday! Heather is a truly unique lady who has blessed us with an enormous amount of information to give us a better life. Thank you so much Heather! I thought we already knew do much but you always seem to throw us a curve ball! I know I am very thankful for having found you!

  61. Amy says:

    Happy Belated Birthday! Thank you for all your research and your e-book. You have given me a new perspective on my 13 month old playing in the dirt and our family loves your Ultimate Liver Chilli.We will be making your marrow custard next..can’t wait!! Thanks :)

  62. Ashley Housley says:

    Happy belated birthday! I took an internet break this week so I’m just now seeing this post. I found mommypotaus while desperately googling around for what first food to feed babies instead of rice cereal… Rice cereal just seemed wrong to me, but our pediatrician kept insisting that babies need the iron supplement that rice cereal provides. Anyway, that initially led me to the blog and to purchasing the ebook- which gave me the courage to not use cereal at all (oh, and of course, months later when they tested it, my son’s iron levels were fine without supplementing iron at all…). So in addition to saving my infant child from being fed yucky baby cereal, I have since also learned my son is lip tied, thanks to another post on here. I really love that everything is well researched and reliable on this blog. If Heather says the deodorant works, the deodorant works. If Heather says you can’t taste the liver in the chili, you can’t taste the liver in the chili. We’re actually in Frankli, TN and I saw that y’all moved here recently, so I’m looking forward to hopefully meeting you one day! Thanks for all of your hard work mommypotaus!

  63. Natalie says:

    Heather, When I graduated from school a year ago as a Nutritional Consultant I had a lot of foundation knowledge. However, I still felt lost and searching as far as what it looked like to eat healthy. I stumbled upon your blog thru a Destiny in Bloom article. I am trying not to sound cheezy as I say this, but truly your blog has changed my life. What a relief and joy to find out what real food is, AND that it’s healthy and tastes good. I am especially happy to eat beef. I have learned so much from you and your fellow foodies that I am now enjoying passing it along on my own blog at http://www.naturalnats.com. My main focus is to help people see how food affects our physical, mental and emotional health, and have a few fun posts thrown in too. :) I love your work and all you have done for so many of us. Blessings on your birthday and always!

  64. Jennifer Trujillo says:

    HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY Heather!! Youve been a such a wonderful light to me! I love, love your posts … to say the least! I have been in the “road” to health and wellness for years however I have learned so, so much here! Thank you for answering my emails. I know now busy you much be and I just appreciate you so much!

    Hugs, j

  65. Sanja says:

    I’m little late but happy birthday from Croatia!

  66. [...] This post from Daddypotamus, and the comments that came after (I love you guys!) [...]

  67. Shellie says:

    I’m a little late to the party :), but I wanted to say THANKS, Heather, for writing and sharing what you’ve discovered in your research and on your journey. We’re new to our journey to real foods, and your blog and e-book have been huge aids for me! I have a son (8) with severe food allergies and eczema, and another son (15 months) with gross motor and growth delay. He also has an upper lip tie (is that what it’s called?) that I would have NEVER realized if I hadn’t read about it on your blog! I’m reading “Cure Tooth Decay,” Nourishing Traditions,” and “Gut & Psychology Syndrome” now. And I just got my Dr. Christopher’s Herbal Tooth & Gum Powder today. Thanks so much, Heather, and happy belated birthday!

  68. Wendy Good says:

    I am late, but must say that your GAPS marshmallow recipe changed my life and the life of a close friend just when we needed it most! Thank you for researching and posting and encouraging. You are making a difference in the world.

  69. Rachel says:

    I can definitely attest that she tries to answer Facebook messages! I messaged her during my last pregnancy after reading something very informative and helpful in her book Nourished Baby. I let her know that I didn’t expect a response but she did respond and she continued the conversation and helped me figure out what to do about an issue. I was very surprised and thankful that she took the time to do so. What a wonderful lady :)
    Happy Birthday!!!

  70. [...] And of course, second is the thoughtful one Daddypotamus wrote for me this year [...]

  71. Travis says:

    So I got here through my girlfriend sending me this message:
    “Will you read this for me? There’s no one great thing in it, it just gives the general idea of what I want our life to be like.”
    Through Danial’s wonderful story of you and exploring the blog myself, she’s well on the way to be another mommypotamus(minus the children right now thank goodness!).
    I know it’s past the birthday, but if someone wrote what she told me about my life, I’d feel honored. Hope all is well. Thanks for keeping her inspired :)

  72. […] Maybe birth blogs aren’t your thing? How about the all-around natural-advice-giver? Are you a Mommypotamus fan? Previously Dallas/Fort Worth-based Heather Dessinger (aka The Mommypotamus) has been known to praise chiropractic care: […]

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