Monica and Shannon Brown are the proud new parents of a baby girl. The 32-year-old singer and her 27-year-old NBA player husband welcomed their first child together, daughter Laiyah Brown, on Tuesday, Sept. 3. Family friend Vanessa Bryant was the first to share the couple’s baby news on Instagram Thursday, Sept. 5.
“I am so honored to announce that baby Laiyah Brown has arrived! Mommy and baby are healthy and well,” Bryant, the wife of Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant, captioned a photo of Monica and Brown. “Congratulations @shannonbrown26 and @monicamylife! We love you guys and we can’t wait to meet Laiyah! #6lbs 9/3/13.”
Monica aka Miss Thang and the Phoenix Suns player married in a secret ceremony in November 2010. Monica is also mom to sons Rocko, 7, and Romelo, 5, with her ex-fiance, rapper Rodney “Rocko” Hill. Brown has a son, Shannon Christopher, from a previous relationship.
On Thursday, Brown posted the first photo of daughter Laiyah on Instagram. In the precious snapshot, the proud dad, wrapped head-to-toe in a white sheet, holds his baby girl, who’s swaddled in an animal-print blanket with a white sheet wrapped around his head and body.
“Daddys girl ‘Laiyah,’ he captioned the photo. He also wrote, “THANK GOD for her!!! JOY has been restored in my LIFE!!!”
Shortly before giving birth to her third child, Monica tweeted,
“The joy of being a Mother is hard to describe. One thing that’s easy is being Thankful . . . #ImGladGodChoseMeToBeTheirMom.”