This has probably been addressed a million times on MDC, but does anyone else's DD/DS go through a tubby phase before a major growth spurt? My DD is about 5.5 and I've noticed this pattern in the last few years. Right now she is really tubby, but her eating and exercises habits have not changed for the worse, in fact she is exercising and more active than ever. She eats a balanced diet and loves her veggies.
I don't notice this pattern in other kids that we're around (or maybe I'm just not looking hard enough). DD's body type mimics DH's side of the family - which has consistently been muscular and short. When she does grow, she thins out considerably. Will this continue until she's a teen? I have to keep a consistent supply of stretch pants on hand. :)