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Kristin Cavallari reflects on baby Saylor, losing brother in New Year's photo

Kristin Cavallari reflected on a year that, for her, has been both wonderful and heartbreaking.

On Friday, the 28-year-old mother of three shared a photo on Instagram of she and her husband, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, enjoying a quiet New Year's Eve out.

"Last night was the second time I've put makeup on in over 5 weeks and left the house (besides the grocery store and taking Cam to school," Cavallari wrote in the photo's caption. "Even though I shed a few tears, it was a really nice night and felt good to be out."

Just three weeks ago, after a two-week search, Cavallari's brother Michael was found dead in the desert of Utah. The tragedy came just weeks after she and Cutler's third child, a baby girl named Saylor, was born.

"2015 brought my sweet, baby girl but it also took my brother's life," Cavallari wrote in her New Year's message. "Hoping for no extreme highs and lows this year."

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Since her brother went missing, the reality star shared a few touching throwback photos of herself and Michael on Instagram.

"My heart is in a million pieces. Mikey, I could always count on you to make me laugh," she wrote in an Instagram caption mourning her brother three weeks ago. "You had such a good heart and will be forever missed. I'm at a loss for words but I know u are in a better place and finally at peace."

She also shared an emotional post thanking her daughter, Saylor, for giving her strength through the tragic loss of her brother.

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"My little angel, Saylor. She has been my light throughout this whole thing and has given me so much strength. Thank you baby girl for coming when u did," Cavallari wrote alongside a photo of Saylor's tiny feet.

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