We had house guests the other day who had a 15 month old kid.
So, they show up in the afternoon, the kid runs around a little bit and the mom was like, “ok he needs a bath.” I didn’t think anything of it but after the bath she starts saying, “he had dirt all over his face.” She said it like 3 times. The kid was spotless, as far as I could tell.
Then, the next day, we all get breakfast, the kid walks back to the house, and they’re getting ready to leave and she starts talking about how dirty her kid is, and gives him a bath at like NOON before they get in the car. Puts on a whole new set of clothes.
He was spotless, again. All he had done since the previous bath was play in the house, go to sleep and go to breakfast.
The husband was clearly a bit exasperated by it. Not to the point of rolling his eyes or anything, but definitely exasperated.
Now, they were only at my house less than a day, but her behavior and language about it made it seem more than a little neurotic.
Is this a common “mother psychosis”?