As previously reported, fans got their first glimpse of the twins in July 2017 — one month after their birth — when Beyoncé shared a photo of them on her Instagram. At the time, the 22-time Grammy winner captioned the sweet family snapshot: “Sir Carter and Rumi 1 month today.”
The style of the picture was reminiscent of her pregnancy announcement the previous February, which showed Bey showing off her baby bump in front of a large floral backdrop.
“We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over,” she wrote. “We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes. – The Carters”
The twins were born 5:13 a.m. on June 13, 2017 at the Ronald Regan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. Rumi was the first to arrive, followed by her little brother.
According to their birth certificates, Dr. Paul Crane — who helped delivered Kim and Kourtney Kardashian’s children, Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna’s daughter, as well as Kylie Jenner herself from mom Kris — was the attending physician in the delivery room.
At the time, a source told TMZ the twin had to remain in the hospital as Bey suffered “minor issues” during the delivery. It was later revealed that the infants were born premature and had to remain “under the lights” — presumably to lower bilirubin in their blood to eliminate chances of contracting jaundice — days following the birth.
The twins were released from the hospital a week later. Though Bey and Jay are based out in New York, the couple reportedly rented out a $400,000-a-month mansion in Malibu as their newest additions’ first home.
Jay-Z spoke about the meaning behind his daughter and son’s unique monikers while promoting his 4:44 album that August. In an interview with the Rap Radar podcast, the rapper explained that Rumi was named after their “favorite” 13th Century Persian poet, Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūm, while Sir was inspired by his son’s regal aura.
“Sir was like, man, come out the gate,” he shared. “He carries himself like that. He just came out, like, Sir.”
In a sit-down with CNN correspondent Van Jones this January, the “Bam” hitmaker couldn’t help but to gush about the little ones. Explaining how he was enjoying their first year in the world, Jay-Z joked, “We are in a beautiful time now because they are 7 months and they can’t move.”
“They can just coo … they just coo and you don’t have to, ‘Wait, wait, wait, wait,’” he said. “You know, they’re not running anywhere yet. We are going to enjoy these couple of months until they start running, and then it’s over.”
Road to Parenthood
As fans know, the road to parenthood was not an easy one for Beyoncé and Jay-Z. The couple, who married on April 4, 2008 after dating for almost five years, suffered a miscarriage sometime around 2010 or 2011.
Beyoncé first revealed she had lost a child prior to having daughter Blue Ivy in her 2013 HBO documentary, Life Is But a Dream. At the time, she candidly spoke about learning she was pregnant for the first time and the pain she endured upon discovering she had miscarried.
“About two years ago, I was pregnant for the first time,” she shared. “And I heard the heartbeat, which was the most beautiful music I ever heard in my life.”
“Being pregnant was very much like falling in love,” she said, explaining she had “envisioned what my child would look like” and was feeling “very maternal” when she heard her child’s heartbeat. “You are so open. You are so overjoyed. There’s no words that can express having a baby growing inside of you, so of course you want to scream it out and tell everyone.”
However, before she could share her baby news with the rest of the world, she suffered some complications in the early stages of her pregnancy. She returned to New York for a check-up, where she discovered her baby’s heart had stopped beating.
“I flew back to New York to get my check up — and no heartbeat,” she recalled. “Literally the week before I went to the doctor, everything was fine, but there was no heartbeat.”
The loss, she said, led her to record “the saddest song I’ve ever written in my life.”
“And it was actually the first song I wrote for my album. And it was the best form of therapy for me, because it was the saddest thing I’ve ever been through,” she said of the “Heartbeat,” which ended up not making the final cut of 2013’s Beyoncé.
In the same documentary, Beyoncé also shot down whispers that she had faked her pregnancy and used a gestational surrogate to carry her first child, Blue Ivy. She called the speculations a “stupid rumor, the most ridiculous rumor I’ve ever heard about me.”
“To think that I would be that vain,” she scoffed, adding that giving birth is “the most powerful thing you can ever do in your life.”
“[It was] the most beautiful experience of my life. It was amazing. I felt like God was giving me a chance to assist in a miracle,” she shared. “You’re playing a part in a much bigger show.”
“Baby, You Magic”
Blue Ivy was born January 7, 2012 at Lennox Hill Hospital in New York City. Given how much the pregnancy was publicized, it was said that Bey and Jay took extra precautions — including rumors of renting out an entire hospital floor for $1.3 million — to protect their growing family’s privacy.
“We are happy to announce the arrival of our beautiful daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, born on Saturday, January 7, 2012,” they announced in a joint statement two days after the birth. “Her birth was emotional and extremely peaceful – we are in heaven.”
“She was delivered naturally at a healthy 7 lbs.,” the note added, refuting claims that Beyoncé had previously scheduled a cesarean. “It was the best experience of both of our lives.”
Shortly following Blue Ivy’s birth, Jay-Z also released “Glory,” a track which featured his daughter’s first cries. In the lyrics, the dad spoke about becoming a father for the first time, as well as touched on the miscarriage that his wife suffered before the pregnancy.
“False alarms and false starts / All made better by the sound of your heart / All the pain of the last time / I prayed so hard it was the last time,” he rapped. “Last time the miscarriage was so tragic / We was afraid you disappeared but nah baby, you magic.”
In February 2012, Beyoncé and Jay introduced Blue Ivy by sharing her first photo on Tumblr. “We welcome you to share in our joy. Thank you for respecting our privacy during this beautiful time in our lives,” the proud parents wrote.
Since then, the two kept their daughter relatively out of the spotlight. Though Beyoncé continued to update her personal social media accounts with family photos, Blue Ivy’s face was almost always turned away or obstructed.