It’s a Girl! ‘The Challenge’ Stars Jenna Compono & Zach Nichols Welcome Third Child: See the First Baby Photos

Jenna and Zach, rocking their official uniforms.

Another Nichols baby has arrived! 

Jenna Compono and Zach Nichols–- who met while starring on The Challenge–- have announced the arrival of their third child, a baby girl named Carmella Jean. 

“We would like to introduce Miss Carmella Jean Nichols, who came into this world on 2/24/24 at 11:45PM,” Jenna wrote on Instagram. “Let me just say we only got to the hospital at 11:30 PM, where I was fully dilated and didn’t have time for an epidural. A few minutes later there she was. What an experience. She weighs 7 lbs 2 oz and was 20 inches long.” 

Zach also shared his excitement on social media, posting a snapshot of himself and baby Carmella with a very on-brand caption. 

“Jenna was out of commission due to the shock of natural birth,” he wrote on his Instagram Story. “So I had to step up and give the little lady skin-to-skin she so desperately needed. 

“Personally I just think all nurses wanted to see me with my shirt off,” he added. 

As you may remember, Zach and Jenna announced in August that their family would be growing again, just eight months after they welcomed daughter Liliana Marie. The couple is also parents to son Anthony, who was born in September 2021. 

On Monday, Jenna posted a Instagram Reel of Anthony and Liliana meeting their new baby sister.

“Anthony seems to like his new sister!” she captioned the Reel. “Liliana not so much!” 


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Jenna and Zach dated on an off after meeting on The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2 in 2014. Zach last appeared on The Challenge: War of the Worlds in 2019, while Jenna’s last appearance was The Challenge: Total Madness in 2020. 

Jenna and Zach tied the knot in 2021. 

Last year, Zach was criticized by fans after he and Jenna went on a podcast together, and Zach made some very insensitive comments about how he leaves most of the parenting tasks to Jenna.

“[Motherhood] is one of the hardest jobs in the world and I’m very lucky that I don’t have to wake up at night to do anything,” he said on the podcast. “If [Jenna is] home, I’m not changing poopy diapers, unless like, I’m in a REALLY good mood or there’s two at the same time. If there’s two poopy diapers at the same time, I will do the male poopy diaper because I know the plumbing better.” 

“That’s the best part about being a dad: you’re not the mom!” Zach said. “You get to do all the fun stuff, and see all these awesome things but at the same time, everyone’s like, ‘How are the kids doing? Are they sleeping through the night?’ and I’m like, ‘I don’t know.’ I get my sleep every night. I get my five hours, that’s all I need. And it doesn’t get interrupted.”

Jenna revealed that Zach often grabs his pillow and blanket and goes downstairs to continue his sleep, “while I’m dealing with two crying, screaming babies!”

“Dude, I’m the worst,” Zach said while laughing.

After Zach’s comments on the podcast caused some commotion, Jenna quickly defended her husband.

“All these people saying, ‘Oh my husband does this blah blah,’” she wrote. “Well Zach cleans toilets, floors, bathrooms etc. multiple times a week [do] their husbands do that?”

In another reply, Jenna noted that Zach works full time and she is a stay-at-home mom.

Carmella is unlikely to be the last baby for the couple, as Jenna has stated numerous times in the past that she hopes to eventually have seven children.

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(Photos: Instagram) 


  1. I really REALLY never liked this guy. He was already an asshole to Ashley I think her name was, in their Real World, his girlfriend at the time. Not to mention being straight up mean to Sam. And somehow Jenna thinks she hit the jackpot with him. (Even her ex seemed better) Oh and didn’t he also leave Jonna via text message or something stupid like that or straight up ghosted her?

    If they think their looks are all they have (which is prob why they are together anyway), see in a few years when they start to fade.

  2. as @chelsea said ~ very on-brand caption from zach and his giant ego. what a douchecanoe. 💦🛶
    that said, congrats to them. what a cutie. 👶🏻

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