Celebrity Baby Blog / Monica Brown

Monica: Being a Mother Has Helped Me Appreciate My Own Mom More

05/22/2015 at 07:15 PM ET

Growing up in the spotlight, Monica Brown was exposed to a lot at an early age, and it was her mother, Marilyn Best, who kept her grounded.

“I was able to avoid a lot of things that happen, especially to children who become celebrities, because I felt comfortable in my own skin because of my mom,” the R&B singer, 34, tells PEOPLE exclusively.

“She instilled certain morals and values, and she said, ‘Regardless of where you go, take you with you wherever you go. Whatever you’re around, whatever you see, never allow it to play a part in who you become.’ ”

Monica Brown mom Marilyn Best
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Sweet! See Monica Brown’s Valentine’s Day Cuties

02/14/2014 at 11:00 AM ET

Monica Brown Instagram Kids Valentine's Day Photo
Courtesy Monica Brown

We haven’t seen much of Monica Brown‘s little girl, Laiyah, since she was born last September. So imagine our excitement when the singer posted this adorable photo of her stylish mini loves (including sons Rocko, 8½, and Romelo, 6) on Instagram.

Taken by Atlanta-based photographer Derek Blanks, the professional pictures were a surprise Valentine’s Day gift for the mom-of-three’s husband, NBA player Shannon Brown.

“Thank you Derek for always capturing special moments for my family. You helped make today special… My hubby loved his surprise,” she wrote.

Laiyah’s dad was so pleased with his present, he shared a pic of his wife snuggling up to their daughter from the photoshoot with the caption: “Happy Valentine’s Day to my loves.”
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Shannon and Monica Brown Welcome Daughter Laiyah Shannon

09/06/2013 at 11:00 AM ET

Monica Shannon Brown Baby Shower
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Monica‘s baby girl is here!

The singer and her husband, Phoenix SunsShannon Brown, welcomed their first child together, Laiyah Shannon Brown, on Tuesday, Sept. 3 in Atlanta, her rep confirms to PEOPLE.

After 12 hours of labor and a failed epidural (anesthesiologists administered a second dose), Monica, 32, delivered the couple’s daughter. Born at 1:55 p.m., she weighed in at 6 lbs., 1 oz. and measured 19 inches long.

“Mom, Dad and baby are doing great!” her rep tells PEOPLE.

On hand for Laiyah’s debut were big brothers Rodney, 8, and Romelo, 5½ — Monica’s sons from a previous relationship. “They were there when their little sister’s entrance into the world took place,” the rep adds.
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Monica Celebrates Her Carnival Baby Shower

08/26/2013 at 03:00 PM ET

Monica Shannon Brown Baby Shower
Milanes Photography

With only a few more weeks to go until daughter Laiyah is born, singer Monica Brown, 32, and husband Phoenix Suns star Shannon Brown, 27, celebrated their little one’s arrival with a carnival-themed baby shower Saturday at the home of Jermaine Durpri in Atlanta.

“It was very whimsical, just like a Disney princess movie and just as I had envisioned it,” Monica told PEOPLE of the all pink fête. “There was so much love in the room and everybody had a great time.”

A white horse named Rock Star and a white pony named Lil’ Man greeted close to 200 guests, including Ludacris, Nene and Greg Leakes and Keri Hilson.

The event, which was planned by Mindy Weiss, also featured stilt walkers, jugglers and a miniature circus tent.

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Shannon Brown and Monica Expecting a Baby

05/13/2013 at 03:00 PM ET

There’s a baby on the way for Monica!

The R&B singer-songwriter, 32, and husband Shannon Brown, 27, are expecting their first child together this fall, she confirmed over the weekend. Sharing a photo of her baby belly, Monica writes that she’s five months along.

Monica is already mom to sons Rocko, 8 this month, and Romelo Montez, 5, while the Phoenix Suns guard is dad to son Shannon Christopher.

The couple, who met when Brown costarred in his wife’s “Love All Over Me” video, were married in November 2010 at their Los Angeles home.

Since the wedding, Monica hoped to expand their family, telling PEOPLE in 2012 that she wants “maybe two or three” more children. She has her start!

Jennifer Nettles Son Magnus First Photo
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— Sarah Michaud