It seems like just yesterday that Monica and husband Shannon Brown were introducing baby Laiyah to the world. The R&B singer and NBA star, however, have celebrated their daughter’s first birthday and are looking forward to many more.


Monica and Shannon threw Laiyah a Doc McStuffins themed party that featured lots of gifts and a beautiful cake on Wednesday. Monica recognized the baker who was the mastermind behind the four-tiered dessert that attendees marveled at and enjoyed.”Thank you Ms.Teresa for making a cake that she loved inside and out,” said the singer of her daughter’s reaction to the strawberry and vanilla cake.

Monica shared photos of Laiyah as a newborn in honor of the little one’s special day. “You entered the world surrounded by love, know that nothing will ever change that!! It was so amazing to have my children & husband be the first people she saw…She was looking directly at them LOL,” wrote the star.

Although it is expected of newly-turned one-year-olds to smash the cake in their hands, Monica told fans that her daughter did nothing of the sort on her birthday. “Laiyah is such a lady!! We gave her a smash cake to have a ball with & made sure she was comfy only for her swipe one finger thru the icing and politely taste,” tweeted the star.

Shannon and Monica welcomed Laiyah into the world on Septeber 3, 2013. She is the couple’s first child together. Monica has three kids in all. Check out pictures from Laiyah’s party below!



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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