Wonderful - Aria MacDonald


Just a very quick update to say we are having a WONDERFUL time.

Things have been really amazing the last almost six weeks since Aria got out of hospital. To think we haven’t had any dramas or major issues with her health and care and that Aria is making such good strides is really a testimony to all those who have taken care of her and to the graciousness of God in giving us a time of recovery and unity to recharge us a bit.

I was going to say rest and recovery but couldn’t really convince myself on the rest part. As parents of two littlies it can be tough at the best of times but when one is highly dependent on you to do anything and isn’t sleeping through the night, rest doesn’t really fit.

However in the last few days we have seen signs that rest could be in the future. Over the last couple of days Aria has started to do the most exciting thing that a parent can experience, amuse herself for periods of time. Now it may be an exaggeration to say it is THE most exciting thing a parent can experience but after weeks and weeks of “Mummy, Daddy, Mummy, Daddy, Mummy, Daddy, Mummy, Daddy, Mummy, Daddy……….” a few moments of peace when she is doing her own thing is absolute BLISS.

Another exciting development is that at PT over the last couple of days Aria has started to do a little bit of crawling. Now for most 4 year olds that is not a big deal but for Aria that is huge, she is officially mobile. Ok, so we are only talking a metre or two at a time but you don’t eat the whole elephant at one sitting you work at it bit by bit till its all gone. Now I have used that rather obtuse illustration I’ll try something else, the longest journey starts with a single step. Aria is moving, she’ll get a taste for it and eventually there will be no holding her back. Seriously, we are so proud of her progress physically, the PT and OT teams are doing an AMAZING job and couldn’t be more pleased with her progress. Aria is very funny at PT she moans, complains and sometimes cries at the start but by the end she has a huge smile and feels very proud of herself, as do we.

Anywho, just wanted to post to say how wonderful it is to have an ever improving Aria in our life and how thankful to God we are. Now if we can only get Aria to sleep through the night we’ll be golden.

37 Responses to “Wonderful”

  1. Lisa D says:

    What a fantastic post!! I’m so pleased for you, Wow crawling that is really a huge milestone!! Keep it up Aria! xx

  2. Lisa says:

    Go Aria go… 🙂

  3. Ali says:

    Wow – go Aria!

  4. brendan duffy says:

    Wow, keep up the crawling Aria!

  5. fiona says:

    great to hear your lives are getting a little closer to ‘normal’. well done you guys- and what a MIGHTY GOD we have

  6. Shirley Davy says:

    Fabulous! I reckon that once she is more mobile, she will be more physically tired so will sleep better…. so I think good sleep is really just around the corner. Praying it will come fast!

  7. Lisa Robertson says:

    Fantastic, Cannot put into word just how amazing it is to read of Aria doing so well!! Hope that the ‘rest’ part comes for you super soon, as we all know – all in good time!! xxxxx

  8. Tiffany Keller says:

    It is amazing what Aria has accomplished since being home! She has always been a brave fighter, & God has been faithful & good! 🙂 God Bless!

  9. Doc and Sharon says:

    So good to hear such a great report!! So proud of all of you!

  10. Lyaine says:

    I had to laugh at the picture of Moaning and complaining at the begininnig of PT but at the end with a Huge smile on her face and being proud of herself. It is so typical of kids, I remeber my eldest doing jst that at Her PT sessions. Wow Crwling Aria, go girl!!! You are doing awesome keep it up.
    Pleased to hear that she is being more independant in ther play. Wow wonderful to hear the progress. Before you know it she will be running everywhere!!.

  11. joyce says:

    Way to go Aria.Keep up the good work.

  12. brad and steph says:


    Go Aria, go! Always like to hear she’s dominating that PT. 😉

  13. Joan says:

    What progress! Wow Aria it’s hard at the beginning but a result at the end of the session causes a smile – what better reward for all.

  14. Steph VG says:

    Wonderful news! xxx

  15. Julie says:

    Great news! So glad things are going well for you all.

  16. Kathleen & Anita says:

    Praise God for a perservering PT team
    Praise God for a persistent Aria
    Praise God for patient parents
    Praise God for your POWER

  17. Lisa K says:

    terrific news and well done to everyone!!! She will learn to sleep through.

  18. Yvonne RRN says:

    Just SO AWESOME to read that post. onwards & upwards, not to forget positive, positive & really so much in such a short time.
    As you say Anita can’t eat an elephant at once & Rome wasn’t built in a day…soon you’ll be needing the eyes in your elbows & in the back of your head to keep track of both of them!
    Couldn’t ask for better progress, esp when you stop & think where you have all ‘been’. That sure is a word of the past eh?!

  19. Samantha Sutherland says:

    Although I miss not having a daily Aria update, I am so happy because I know its going so well that you don’t need to update so often. So happy to hear that Aria has started crawling and is doing so well at her pt! Little by little things are starting to move into a more normal life for you all and yes, one day you will have a full nights sleep – what a shock that will be! Lara still has her moments too of night waking but I’m sure its nothing like Miss A!

  20. Nicky Large says:

    Continuously thinking of you all xx

  21. jeannie overall says:

    we are so happy for you all-all the things we take for granted with our little ones are HUGE milestones for ARIA! How exciting for you all to watch her little steps of improvement each day! Rest? you must be joking! who ever told you mothers and fathers can rest?????????? if you rest you wont see all those wonderful things aria is achieving!!!!hey-God bless you again and again and many heartfelt thanks for keeping us all up to date! we love the news – Jeannie

  22. Priscilla says:

    Such awesome news to read!! To God be the glory 🙂

  23. Rod & Margaret says:

    2Thes:1:3: We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;

  24. Nola Young says:

    Overflowing with joy and thanksgiving for all that has been happening and for each precious step of recovery. How great is our God! (and all the wonderful people He has used along the way.). our love

  25. jen says:

    such good good news

    Thanks be to God and all those professionals that have helped along the way

    Im excited for you all 🙂

  26. Belinda (LF-Aus) says:

    WTG Aria 😀
    It dosen’t matter how old they are when they start to crawl, a milestone reached is an awesome thing to celebrate 😀

  27. Linda Crosbie says:

    It’s great when you can take time to reflect and count your blessings after the journey you have travel. Aria you are a little star. We are all proud of you. Kia Kaha MacDonald Family. Xxxx

  28. Deborah says:

    woohoo its so awesome how far you guys have come!!! hang in there and praying for some long sleeping nights and more “amusing own self” moments. keep taking bites of that elephant aria, you are awesome! see you back in NZ soon!!!

  29. iliganoa says:

    Wonderful news indeed, God is soooo gooood amen to the sleeping well routine Aria!!!

  30. Cork and Carol says:

    What an awesome post! Please tell Miss Aria how very proud we are of her! (And her family, as we know it is a “team” effort!)

  31. Christine MacDonald says:

    Well done Sweetie, you are doing so well Aria, Nana and Poppa are so proud of you for trying so hard . Keep up the good work.
    what a wonderful post so encouraging, hopefully sleeping through will be next. Thanks to the PT & OT teams and of course Mum, Dad and Ashie, but above all Praise God for this progress

  32. Jan says:

    I always get a lump in my throat when I read your posts, it is just so great to hear the developments of Aria, as a grandmother of a special needs child acheivments are all the more sweet you just don;t take anything for granted. Take care and have a wonderful week

  33. Melvyn & Sally says:

    It has been so encouraging reading your posts over the past weeks and seeing the little-by-little, bit-by-bit improvements adding up to HUGE; truly miraculous answers to prayer. She is one amazing and special girl with an equally special family who continue to give God the thanks and glory for each step of the journey. Makes me appreciate the blessings I have taken for granted for too long. Every blessing for the coming days.

  34. lisa says:

    Amazing. I am so pleased to hear the good news. Best of luck as you continue on your journey.

  35. Judy Palmer says:

    I am so pleased for you. God has certainly blessed Aria greatly. Praying for long sleeps every night.
    Blessings to you all, Judy.

  36. Lori Hollingsworth says:

    Go Aria GO!!!!! What a blessing to read this post! Thank you God for these small (really quite HUGE!) glimpses of hope. Love you all!

  37. Jen Cato says:

    Fantastic news!! Great job, Aria! Go girl, go!!! <3

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