About Grace & Aidan
Madeleine Grace arrived with a bang in September 2018 and it’s safe to say that life has never been the same since. I knew throughout my pregnancy, which was itself a surprise, that I was carrying someone destined to change the world and change my entire world she did.
I had always known that I wanted to have a family, but having my own child was an adjustment like no other. It was as though overnight I forgot how to be myself; or maybe I never really knew who that was before then. This tiny person; a universe all of her own; was entrusted to my care and together we figured out how to do it: life.
I suffered with postnatal depression and anxiety very soon after Maddie’s arrival. I just didn’t know how to be a mother. I don’t know if anyone does, but I really, truly didn’t. Everything that I had once trusted to be true suddenly felt uncertain. Being a person who didn’t much like stepping out of her comfort zone made adapting to the plethora of curveballs a tiny human throws at you challenging.
And then, one day, I felt myself growing. I felt roots taking hold beneath me and a sense of calm as I realised that this was it. This was my person. The one with which I’d always belong. Maddie needed in ways I could never have imagined and instead of feeling overwhelming, it felt comfortable. It felt like something I could do. My life’s work, right in front of me with a shock of fine blond hair and a smile that could light up an entire room. A life’s work that had no predetermined outcome or conclusion. An adventure, growing and blooming right in front of me. And so, with her tiny hand in mine, we set off. To discover who she is and in turn, who I am. And we’ve been on that adventure ever since.
We found a patch of wildflowers near our house that first summer together and watched it grow. We watched the colours change and the flowers bloom. We watched them change colour as autumn crept in and then wished them a peaceful sleep over winter; eagerly anticipating their return the following spring. Year on year that patch has grown; the wildflowers have spread their seeds and they have become more beautiful than ever before. That’s my little Maddie girl. More beautiful with every sunrise and somehow so much older than her age with her infinite toddler wisdom and an understanding of what her mother always needs.
Living with a chronic health condition myself is an additional complexity to rearing a small human and has made some days; more than I’d wish for, tough. But my little Maddie girl has somehow known, every step of the way, how to love and care for me in a way that makes things feel okay. On the days when I just can’t, she loves me anyway. And because of her, her little brother found his way into our lives during a global pandemic. Little Maddie Grace, you made me a mother and because of you, our little Rory Aidan arrived in February 2021. Our gentle little Rory bear.
My little Rory boy, you are not just a pandemic baby. You are the rainbow after a storm that disrupted the lives of everyone around the world. You came into this world so very quietly and completed our family in all of the ways we needed. You are still so tiny, my little man, and yet your impact is anything but. You have such a gentle and calming nature and you love your big sister in exactly the same way that I love mine. Fiercely. Unconditionally. What a privilege it is to be a mother to you both.
Becoming a mother made me realise that more than anything, all I have ever wanted is to make a home. A home full of colour and laughter. A place of safety and respite. A launching pad for big ideas and adventures. I have found such comfort and joy in creating the space that we call our own. Our very own little patch of grass in the sunshine.
Grace & Aidan was born out of the unconditional love that my two little humans have filled me with. It is a place created for you to come and be yourself. And if you don’t know who that is yet, to have company on the journey to figuring it out. The items curated in our little shop are carefully chosen to add colour and hope to your home and to help you to make it a world of your own. Being an independent jewellery designer and maker myself, I have chosen to support local makers and artists, making each item unique and with a story of its very own. I have also carefully curated some antique, pre-loved items, reminiscent of days gone by. I hope that you will enjoy our little patch in the sunshine; we love having you here and we can’t wait to see where your journey takes you.