Homemade Birthday Cards From Three Very Different Children

It was my mom’s birthday so the boys decided they wanted to make birthday cards for their Amah. I got some supplies at the bookstore and let them do whatever they wanted.

I love how their cards so perfectly reflect who they are.




Ayub’s homemade birthday card

Ayub… Messy handwriting and misspelled words but incredibly creative. Just bursting with creativity. His card is the 2D equivalent to him. If you know what I mean. Always on the move, innovative thoughts that are completely out of the norm, somewhat distracted, and a whole lot of heart.

autistic child art birthday card

autistic child art birthday card

autistic child art birthday card

The thing is he knows how to spell ‘Amah’ and has spelled it correctly hundreds of times. He just works himself up to a point of sheer excitement that he just kinda loses himself. Or rather, his body moves so fast his brain can’t keep up. Or is it that his brain is moving so fast that his body can’t keep up.

I think it must be what his occupational therapist was saying, that his brain and body aren’t 100% synced.

Love you sweet Ayub.



Sulaiman’s homemade birthday card

Sulaiman’s favourite colours have always been pink and purple. When he started kindergarten, the boys teased him for it. So now he tells everyone that his favourite colours are “all the colours.” Sweet, sweet baby. I hope one day adults will stop being such sexist assholes and stop teaching their kids that certain colours/toys/shows/movies/clothes are only for a certain gender and you are less of your gender if you like something from another gender.

Stupid assholes. You know it has to be the parents that brainwash their kids into thinking pink and purple are only for girls. Idiots.

Anyway, Sulaiman’s homemade birthday card is beautiful. Neat, organised, perfectly balanced, and well thought out. Such lovely handwriting and perfect spelling for a five-year-old. “I Love Amah Every Day” is my favourite thing ever.

autistic child art birthday card

autistic child art birthday card

autistic child art birthday card

autistic child art birthday card



Aisha’s homemade birthday card

I’m so sorry about the blurry pictures. I didn’t even think to take pics, these are all from my mom i.e. Amah.

Aisha was only around 16 months old when we made these cards, so obviously she got the shortest end of the stick. Only two stickers, no real choice in the colour of the card, and she can’t write or… do anything.

Her tiny hand and a few scribbles. Good job baby girl!

autistic child art birthday card

autistic child art birthday card

autistic child art birthday card

The birthday lunch at Kura in One World Hotel

Kura has closed down now. Supposedly for renovations but one of the waiters told me it’s closed for good so… When it was still around it was my family’s go-to makan place because my dad really likes it.

kura one world hotel

Heres Aisha looking like a little old lady.

kura one world hotel

My dad was angry with me in the picture because I was blocking Aisha’s face.

kura one world hotel

The boys and the birthday girl, Amah.

kura one world hotel

My annoying brother.

kura one world hotel

My annoying son.

kura one world hotel

I love this picture because Aisha looks like a gremlin.

 

kura one world hotel

Hi gremlin!

Yeah. Just wanted to remember this day. Hence the blog post.



Laila Zain

Laila is a working mama who married young, had two beautiful boys, went through a shitty divorce, met an amazing man, remarried, and had a beautiful girl. Her eldest boy is a rainbow baby and special needs child. Her second is ridiculously smart. Her baby is a baby.

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