Beyoncé & Jay-Z: ‘We’re In Heaven’ with Baby Blue

Jay-Z and Beyoncé

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updated 01/10/2012 AT 8:00 AM ET

originally published 01/09/2012 AT 5:30 PM ET

Their careers are demanding, but Beyoncé and Jay-Z are taking a moment to bask in the joys of becoming new parents.

“We are happy to announce the arrival of our beautiful daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, born on Saturday, January 7, 2012,” the couple said, confirming the news in a joint statement Monday. “Her birth was emotional and extremely peaceful – we are in heaven.”

“She was delivered naturally at a healthy 7 lbs.,” the statement adds, dispelling rumors that the birth was by scheduled cesarean.

“It was the best experience of both of our lives,” continue Beyoncé and Jay-Z, who has already released a song devoted to his baby girl. “We are thankful to everyone for all your prayers, well wishes, love and support.”

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