First of all, when we first started developing Mommi 3-in-1 and our roadmap to future products, I was in “Girl Power” mode and thought it was great that Yvonne Bohn and Rachel Jones had joined our company as experts in their fields and also mothers. Creating products for pregnant women and even women in general required a woman’s touch in my opinion, and I wasn’t sure that Peter Callister, our COO and Co-Founder would be able to contribute much in that area. Man, was I wrong!!! As I have gotten to know Peter better I have learned what an amazing husband to Jaime and father to Zachary and Grant he is. He puts his family first, and really strives to understand how he can understand them better. In fact, it was because of Jaime’s difficult pregnancy with Grant that he became interested in women’s health and creating something amazing to make their pregnancy experience better. We could not do this without him and when I thought about who to ask to write about fatherhood this week, he was the first person that came to mind. Happy Father’s Day Peter! We couldn’t create such great pregnancy health products without you – thank you for all you do!
– Erin Schurtz, CEO Mommi
By Peter Callister, COO Mommi
My name is Peter Callister and I am the COO of Mommi. I am married to a wonderful woman, Jaime, and father to two boys, Zachary (6) and Grant (1). My family is the most important thing in my life and being a father is the most rewarding role I have played. I believe the greatest legacy I will leave behind is my children; I work hard to not only provide for them but to guide them to reach their full potential.
I had briefly worked for Jaime’s father in 2007 and it was not love at first site when we met. I thought she was bossy and she didn’t think much of me. We starting dating 3 years later and quickly fell in love. She had been married once before and had a beautiful son by the name of Zachary. While I had dated many women before Jaime, I didn’t think I would get married and spent most of my time working. Jaime and Zachary taught me what it was to be in a family as well as what it means to be a father. I proposed on 7/4/2011, we were married the following December, and I officially became Zachary’s stepdad.
We found out we were pregnant the following spring and had a very difficult pregnancy. Jaime was sick most of her pregnancy, was very achy, and was generally uncomfortable. That experience helped drive some of the thinking behind Mommi. We survived and Grant was born on 11/13/2012. He was a C section baby and weighed 7 pounds 8 ounces. I was in the operating room after they cut Jaime open and watched as our doctor pulled Grant out; he came out bewildered and peeing.
He was a little purple and made a raspy noise as he breathed; he consequently spent the first hour of his life in the nursery under observation. Zachary met his new brother before going into the nursery and I think was a little disappointed Grant didn’t recognize or talk to him. I stood with Grant, held his little feet and hands, and reveled that this was the beginning of his life, pleased that I was a part of it. We left the nursery a short time late and Grant met our other family members for the first time. It took almost a day, but Zach and Grant have become best friends.
The next few days were surreal. Jaime and I had been looking forward to the end of her pregnancy and somehow thought things would be less hectic once Grant arrived. I knew shortly after he was born things would never be the same. There are periods in my life that force me to rethink everything I know and look at the world a little differently. It happened after I realized I was in love with Jaime, it happened when I became Zach’s dad, and it happened again when Grant was born.
Things that seemed important to me a few short years ago melt into the background as I realize that the most important thing to me is my wife and boys. Don’t take this the wrong way, I still care about money, personal success and achievement, and other superficial things, but the priority is the relationship I have with my family. I value the time I spend with them and love watching my boys grow, learn new things, and achieve their milestones.
I think the most important role a father plays is teaching their children how to be responsible, how to treat others, and ultimately how to be adults and form their own families. I had a great model in my own father and hope my boys will one day say the same about me.