Perhaps I need a different perspective.
Those of you doing kick counts, do you enjoy doing it and if so why?
I don't count kicks. I didn't with my daughter. Both kids were/are active enough. I just try and be aware of the daily activity. This pregnancy had a day or so where this baby was pretty quiet and then I paid attention and tried to get him to move but he was not having it. The next day though he was rarin' to go but had he been quiet again I would have gone in. No one has ever said anything specifically about kicks either, they've just asked if the baby is active.
I say if you don't like doing specific kick counts, just go about your day and just take a mental note when baby is active.
I'm not doing it either. Just try to check in throughout the day and see if the movement feels normal. I've done them once because I was curious and it seemed a bit boring.
Though I had some weird movement and kicks this weekend - weird in the sense that it was too much. I was sunbathing after swimming, slowly falling asleep, when the baby started moving - nothing weird there, just nice. But after a minute or two I couldn't help feeling that the movement was a bit too frantic, and not changing from whole baby moving around to kicks or bouncing, it just didn't feel right. Touched the belly and it was really hot in one area - promptly got out of the sun (well, faced away from the sun), and baby immediately settled down.
i thought i would be into kick counts when we got to this point, but i really dont think it's necessary at this point. they are both crazy active. i can poke them and wake them up easily for a flurry of activity. or drink some cold water. it doesn't take much to get the circus going.
this pregnancy defies all my expectations!
i do them because this LO has been fairly inconsistent with movement - he will be fairly active for a day or two and then be pretty still for another day or two and i tend to worry a lot - so i started doing them to reassure myself that he was okay. i use an app on my phone, which makes it easier since i just touch the screen to record a kick. and i don't find it annoying when i do it - i usually see it as a chance to be quiet with myself and the baby and not be distracted by other things, which i am most of the time. i see it as quality "us" time and that helps. and when i'm doing it, i find each new distinctive movement to be a bit refreshing and encouraging so that helps to stay engaged. ironically, i woke this morning thinking i'd need to do a count because he was less active yesterday and pretty quiet overnight but since i got up and had breakfast, it's like he's trying to break free in there! so i don't need more reassurance right now :)
it has been a bit confusing for me though because my pregnancy app says that at 32 weeks there should be more frequent movement and then at 33 weeks it says there will start being a decrease due to lack of space...i keep wanting to know what to expect insofar as what's "normal" - and then i have to remind myself that this is a little person who doesn't follow any particular rules and is bound to have his own rhythm that may or may have a predictable progression.