No. 3 is different from my other children in that he has fatty genes from my side of the family. (Two of my brothers like to compare whose tummy is bigger at family get-togethers.) The other three have skinny genes from my husband’s side but thankfully, the older two have filled up nicely. The only one in the family who looks like a stick is no. 4.
As a baby, no. 3 was adorably chubby but when his girth kept expanding in his primary school years, his profile looked like that of a tub. This year he suddenly shot up. The additional height gives him a slimmer profile, though he is still on the fleshy side (bearing in mind that he is a meatarian.) However, his tummy still protrudes a little. Whenever we tease him about his “spare tyre”, he would suck in his stomach and pretend that he is super fit. If I reach out to pinch his chubby cheeks, he would suck in his cheeks so that I can’t pinch them.
My mother-in-law likes to comment on no. 3′s rotundness each time she sees him. So much so he has now taken to sucking in his stomach whenever he sees her. The last time we had dinner with MIL, she said he looks more proportionate now that he is taller. I’m sure the camouflaged tummy has something to do with it.