Well after the rough start to the mother-son relationship last night, Matilda and Oscar seem to finally be bonded and Matilda is keeping a very watchful eye on him.
Sometime during the night Maggy broke the gate into the corral and let Matilda & Oscar out into the main pasture. When I realized what had happened I figured Matilda would hide Oscar in the bushes and I might not see him for a few days. But she brought him up the corral when she saw me outside and has kept him there so far today, even with the gate open.
She has not objected to my petting him through the fence and even tolerated a gaggle of young children peering over the fence at them. So far motherhood seems to have mellowed her even more.
After the brief milking I gave her last night I am really looking forward to milking her in a couple of weeks. Very smooth and easy to milk. Of course she may well be sold by then.