Eight months is a very mischevious stage...
We like to take books and toys off the shelf (and toilet paper off the roll).
We do lots of exploring in the kitchen. My tupperware drawer is strewn all over the floor in the background and he is sitting in the oven drawer.
He "helps" with all household chores. His favorites include vacuuming, loading/unloading the dishwasher and being carried around in the laundry basket while I do the laundry.
He is a champion at pulling himself up to stand and cruising around the house holding onto the walls and furniture.
We've reached the stage in his development where we put him down and within 3 seconds, he is getting into something -- the dog food, the toilet paper roll, pulling things out of the drawers or the pantry, trying to "help" his big brother use the potty, etc. He is a speedy little one, that's for sure!
He loves following his big brother around and the dog, too. She is a great sport as he uses her collar to pull himself to standing. We really couldn't ask for a better dog.
His favorite toys are anything that rolls. We have some great pull-back racecars that he thinks are funny, and a cute dumptruck with three balls that rattle when you shake them. He likes to roll the balls down the incline of our treadmill and he has no fear whatsoever as he crawls up and down the treadmill (while it's turned off, of course) chasing them.
He's still a great eater and is usually eating around 30 ounces a day, plus 3 meals of solid foods (baby food at lunch and dinner and cheerios at breakfast). We are also doing a bedtime snack of Cheerios and it's working out nicely because we are using the Cheerios Fun Book as a bedtime story. We read the story and he munches the cheerios that serve as wheels on the car, buttons on the pajamas, etc.
We still don't have any relief on the sleep front yet, but I'm hoping it is soon. Maybe we just need to give those antacids more time to work.