What we know about Beyonce and Jay Z's twins

The Beyhive has been buzzing like crazy ever since Beyonce Knowles announced that she and her husband Jay Z (a.k.a. Shawn Corey Carter) were expecting twins. The two, who welcomed their daughter Blue Ivy Carter together in 2012, first announced they were expecting two new little ones in a bombshell Instagram post in February, 2017, and the celeb-watching world has had collective hearts aflutter with every bumpdate reveal, buzzy stage performance, and iota of intel about the Carter twins-to-be. Now that the twins have officially made their world debut, here's what we we know about Beyonce and Jay Z's new kiddos so far.

They're already breaking records

Soon after Beyonce posted the original belly image of herself, shrouded in flowers and a paper-thin green veil, to showcase her brood-to-be, the picture became instagram's most-liked picture of all time. Bey ousted the previous record-holder Selena Gomez, whose Coca-Cola image boasts 6.7 million likes, within eight hours of posting it and has since nearly doubled her double-taps with over 11 million likes (and counting).

Their gender has been the subject of much speculation

Unlike George and Amal Clooney's new baby duo, the gender(s) of Beyonce and Jay Z's twins wasn't officially revealed prior to their birth, so spectators have had a field day searching for clues as to their boy-girl status. From the red and blue color choices of her pregnancy announcement photoshoot ensemble to the fact that she donned earrings that contained both blue and pink, and her decision to recycle the earrings from her "If I Were a Boy" music video, the Beyhive has been picking up secret signals from her sartorial choices for sure. But it's not just Bey herself who's been dropping hints that fans have gamely picked up.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama, for example, seemingly indicated that the twins were both female in a congratulatory video to Jay Z for his induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, saying, "Jay and I are also fools for our daughters, although he's gonna have me beat once those two twins show up." The most prominent clue to the sex of the babies came after their birth, however, when an onlooker spotted someone arriving with balloons and flowers that bore both blue and pink colors, along with a card that read, "B+J." So, even though the couple didn't immediately confirm it, it seems that the Carters, like the Clooneys, had both a boy and a girl this time around.

Their birth was shrewdly predicted by social media observers

Beyonce's long-time hairdresser, Chuck Amos, may have accidentally tipped off the internet to the exact moment she went into labor after posting a photo alongside the pop icon with the caption, "Hang in there, Mama! [Heart] You @Beyonce!!" Speculation ran rampant after the image went live, and, surprisingly enough, the buzz about her forthcoming birth may have turned out to be only partially accurate, as some outlets reported she gave birth to the twins on either June 12th or 13th, just a day or two before the internet began going wild with its predictions. The exact date of their birth was not immediately confirmed, but Knowles' father Mathew Knowles confirmed that they were indeed born via an Instagram post on Sunday, June 18th, which read, "They're here! #beyonce #twins #jayz #happybirthday."

They'll be west coasters

While Blue Ivy Carter was born in New York City's Lenox Hill Hospital in 2012 and subsequently raised in the Big Apple (between lavish caribbean vacations, at least), it looks like the new Carter kids will grow up on the other side of the country. According to Page Six, the couple put in a bid for a $120 million mansion in Bel Air, California, in April, 2017, in anticipation of the twins' birth, hoping that their growing family might have more privacy in the ritzy new digs.

And if the palatial nature of the 11-bedroom, 30,000-square foot estate wasn't fancy enough, the Carters reportedly dropped as much as half a million dollars on decorations for a nursery, which includes a custom mural and a top-notch sound system.

They reportedly remained hospitalized due to a minor health issue

By the time confirmed news of the twins' birth was revealed, they may have already been welcomed into the world for several days. According to TMZ, the Carter children, a boy and a girl, were kept in the Los Angeles hospital at which they were born for several extra days as a result of a "minor" health issue that made doctors uncomfortable with releasing them from the facility right away, even though mom and both babies were reportedly expected to come through the issue just fine.

They're already inspiring their dad to do good work for others

In the days surrounding the twins' birth, Jay Z decided to step up and help out other fathers who might be far less fortunate than himself for Father's Day 2017. In an op-ed penned for Time, Carter wrote that he wanted to help men who were incarcerated after being accused of a crime but couldn't afford to bail themselves out due to the "predatory lending scheme" of bail bondsmanship. 

"If you're from neighborhoods like the Brooklyn one I grew up in, if you're unable to afford a private attorney, then you can be disappeared into our jail system simply because you can't afford bail. Millions of people are separated from their families for months at a time — not because they are convicted of committing a crime, but because they are accused of committing a crime," he wrote before citing his status as a father, with a growing family, as motivation for his increased involvement in the matter, including donating to organizations that help bail out men in need. "As a father with a growing family, it's the least I can do, but philanthropy is not a long fix, we have to get rid of these inhumane practices altogether. We can't fix our broken criminal justice system until we take on the exploitative bail industry," Carter added.