Worried about Emma's recent apparent lack of appetite (or fussy eating?) and the appearance of mucus in her poo (a sure sign of the presence of parasites), we spoke to the pediatrician who prescribed a course of medicine to get rid of the parasites. This may sound somewhat alarming to a European reader, but it's pretty normal in Mexico, although, obviously, it can be dangerous if you don't get rid of them. In this case, the parasites are microscopic so you don't see them at all and they could come from the environment; from playing outside, contact with pets, contaminated food, tap water or from other kids. The course of medication is for ten days and is in the form of a suspension which she has to take before meals three times a day. It tastes extremely sugary and bitter and Emma hates it, clamming her mouth shut and crying and generally making a big fuss, so I can't wait to finish. After that, we have to make an appointment with the pediatrician to see how she's doing.
On a positive note, Emma's speech has been taking off quite noticeably. She's been using more and more words, repeating and copying words more readily and has even started counting! I start with "one" and she continues "two, tree" and she sometimes remembers "foo" and "fy" by herself! So adorable! In the middle photo above, she's saying "toooo". At the end of the week I noticed she was putting two words together. Her first "phrase" was "Zidan pee-pee" (Zidan is her grandmother's dog!) and the other was "seess dan" (sleeves down, after washing her hands!). These must be important things, I guess! She manages to amaze me every day with new things she's learnt. We'll see what the next week has in store!
This quote is something I should keep in mind; I really have to make better decisions.