Well, perhaps the new milkmaid was not so very merry when she got a butt from a goat and a good-sized splash of milk onto her clothes!
... But she's getting the hang of it, never fear.
To begin with, I was in denial about how soon I would have to begin milking. The general advice I read was, "you can't drink the milk a goat produces for the first two weeks because it contains colostrum and it tastes unpleasant, so don't worry about it, just leave the kids with Mom and they'll take care of it." By the way, when my husband's aunt heard you "can't" drink the milk a goat produces at first, she laughed and said that when they were children, they would take this milk and make soup with it, and that it was considered a delicacy. They would do it every time a goat kidded.
Well, as our does only have one kid each, and as I noticed the kids favor just one side, I did begin milking the other side straight away... and while we were at it, we thought we'd taste the milk. I mean, what could happen? Guess what... it was delicious. A couple of times we've already made a very simple cheese by heating the milk in a pot, adding a dash of lemon juice to make it curdle, and straining it to separate cheese from whey. We had it with our breakfast this morning and it was very nice.
So now the main problem is to get the goat to stand still while we are milking her, especially our first-timer. Oh, she gets a snack and it helps somewhat, but she still dances around trying to avoid me and the milk pail. We did not build a milk stand because my husband believed it isn't strictly necessary, and my in-laws assured us they always did just fine without it, but now I see it really can make life easier. We also received some hilarious advice such as, "put on your rubber boots and squeeze the doe's hind legs into the boots together with your feet so she won't be able to move". I still can't decide whether that was a joke or not.
Updates from the milk and cheese front hopefully coming soon!