What we know about Beyonce and JAY-Z's twins

The Beyhive has been buzzing like crazy ever since Beyoncé 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 Beyoncé and JAY-Z's new kiddos so far.

They're already breaking records

Soon after Beyoncé 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 was the subject of much speculation

Unlike George and Amal Clooney's new baby duo, the genders of Beyoncé and JAY-Z's twins weren't officially revealed prior to their birth, so spectators 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 began picking apart every little detail.

But Bey wasn't the only one who dropped hints for fans to obsessively analyze. 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. "Jay and I are also fools for our daughters, although he's gonna have me beat once those two twins show up," he said. 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." 

Their sexes (and names!) were eventually confirmed in the most epic Beyoncé and JAY-Z way possible. And speaking of which…

Their names have already been trademarked

Although Beyoncé is one of the rare celebrities who has control over the media (well, most of the time, anyway), the tabloids managed to confirm the names of her twins, Sir and Rumi, after she and JAY-Z filed documents to trademark their names on June 26, 2017. According to TMZ, the trademarks are for "fragrances, cosmetics, key chains, baby teething rings, strollers, mugs, water bottles, hair ribbons, playing cards, tote bags, sports balls, rattles and novelty items." Which is both crazy and kind of awesome.

TMZ also did a little digging and surmised that the twin's name may have come from a 13th century poet named Rumi and a famous poem in which he mentions the name "Sir."

Their birth was shrewdly predicted by social media observers

Beyoncé'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. (Beyoncé's official Instagram post would later place their date of birth at either June 13th or June 14th, depending on Pacific Coast Time. Where is Sherlock Holmes when you need him?!) 

Amid the speculation, 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 TMZ, Beyoncé and JAY-Z have been eyeing a move to Los Angeles for many years, and around March 2017, they even eyed a $135 million mansion in Bel Air. (Yep.)

But despite being arguably the richest and most powerful couple in Hollywood, Beyoncé and JAY-Z have reportedly struggled to find a permanent home within their $80 million budget (yep), per TMZ. While they continue their search, they're reportedly staying in a $400,000 per-month mansion in Malibu (yep), through the end of August, according to the Daily Mail.

They reportedly remained hospitalized due to a minor health issue

The confirmation of the twins' birth may have been delayed due to a minor health issue that kept them in the hospital for over a week. According to TMZ, the twins were born prematurely and kept "under the lights" at the UCLA Medical Center, which TMZ surmised was to cure jaundice. The medical issue was described as "minor"; indeed, TMZ later confirmed on Monday, June 26, 2017, that the twins had been taken to the couple's Malibu rental at the end of the week prior.

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.

Their official debut was epic

In the early hours of Friday, July 14, 2017, Beyoncé shared on Instagram the first official photo of her twins to celebrate their one-month birthday. The post confirmed the twins' names are indeed Sir Carter and Rumi, and the elegant style of the photo harkened back to the record-breaking photo Beyoncé posted announcing she was pregnant.

If this is how they were introduced to the world, their life is only going to get even more glamorous from here.