My 8 month old is all. over. the place. I'm exhausted. He is not walking yet but he thinks he can run. I imagine this is probably normal for a lot of baby boys his age, but I swear, the days that I work are 100x more restful than my weekends! He likes to climb the stairs, he pulls himself up onto furniture and jumps in place because he wants to haul himself over it, etc. We haven't baby-proofed much, a) because one of us is always with him, and b) any baby-gate or anything like that will likely just give him another thing to try to climb up on, so I'm not sure I see the point. We mainly have hardwoods in the house, which scares me considering how active he is. I spend all day when I'm with him "baby-wrangling", and lately he has started to actually cry when I pull him away or off of stuff because he wants to get to it/climb up on it so badly. Diaper/clothing changes are a huge battle too.
Last night, he was climbing up the stairs and I was right behind him. He went up two steps and then decided to come back down (he will just go back down the way he went up, feet first). He lost his balance, fell to the right and smacked his head into the corner of the moulding of the staircase, where it meets the floor. He was only one step up when he fell so I wasn't hunched down to the ground ready to catch him like I should have been. He screamed for about 1-2 minutes and then settled down because I nursed him right away, but a huge black and blue goose egg appeared between his eyes. He wouldn't let me ice it. Ultimately, he is fine, but I am completely freaked out. He has fallen a few times now where he has ultimately banged his head- two times were falls off of our bed. I just don't know how many more of these head-hitting accidents he (or I) can take. He has never had anything more than a little redness, if anything, but this goose egg really scared me, not to mention the mommy guilt I'm feeling.
He is small for his age but is very strong, which is even scarier because it just makes him appear too little for all of the things he is attempting to do. Any words of advice as to how I can better handle this? I don't take my eyes off of him, yet he still gets hurt. I want to let him explore, develop his motor skills, etc. but I am so worried about a head injury, etc.