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Kristin Cavallari holds baby daughter by herself for 'first time' since accident

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By Chris Serico

Days after tweeting that "not being able to hold my baby is absolutely killing me," Kristin Cavallari recovered from a car accident to snuggle her newborn daughter Saylor — and posted the adorable proof Thursday on Instagram.

"Morning snuggles with my girl," reads the caption of a photo of Cavallari, clutching 2-month-old Saylor close to her chest and chin. "First time I've been able to hold her by myself in a week."

Last Thursday, the reality-TV star and fashion designer was hospitalized after she reportedly dislocated her elbow in a Chicago car accident. According to E! News, none of the three children she had with her husband — NFL quarterback Jay Cutler — was in her car at the time.

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A day before posting the sweet photo of her snuggles with Saylor, Cavallari shared another Instagram post, whose caption reflected on "everything else I've been through in the past couple months" — likely alluding, in part, to her 30-year-old brother's death, confirmed just days after Saylor was born in November.

"I have such an appreciation for life," reads the caption of a photo of Cavallari, smiling. "I am so thankful it wasn't worse, and more importantly that my babies weren't with me. My arm hurts like [crazy] but I'm thankful because I have my arm!"

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