Estelle and Annabelle Svenson

Oct. 17, 2005

2:13 p.m., 2:53 p.m.

5 pounds, 8 ounces/5 pounds, 1 ounce

Roosevelt Hospital

When Kristen Kemp Svenson heard she was preggers with twins, she started to cry. “I didn’t think there was any way I could be a good mother to two babies at once,” said Mrs. Kemp Svenson, 31, the author of 12 young-adult novels and a frequent contributor to CosmoGirl and Marie Claire. “But then you just are.” And her relationship with her husband of three years, Johan Svenson, 28, a trader for the Scandinavian investment bank Carnegie, has only gotten stronger since their daughters’ birth. “We were close anyway,” she said, “but there’s a special bond between us now. We love the feeling of family—what we didn’t have before when we were just running around the city having brunch and dinner.” Then, they lived in Chelsea; now, it’s a two-bedroom in Hoboken. “I miss the city,” Mrs. Kemp Svenson sighed. But they needed the space for Annabelle, who sports a tiny strawberry birthmark on her nose, and Estelle, whose eyes are slightly wider than her sister’s. “We think they think they’re one person,” Mom said. “They don’t understand separateness yet.”

Estelle and Annabelle Svenson