My parents have just come back from a week visiting family back in Leicester where I grew up. Though the purpose of the visit wasn't to tell everyone we all thought that as I the next time I go back to to Leicester it will be Stacy that arrives.
It seems that everyone has taken the news really well, my dad's parents saying that from now on they don't have a grandson, they have a grand daughter. My mum's mum was apparently very quiet for a few minutes before asking the rhetorical question: 'why didn't she say anything when she was much younger?!'.
My dad's parents have told a few of my aunts and uncles on that side of the family - and again the responses have been great. I think the best comment I have heard is from my dad's brother 'Good for her!' On my mum's side of the family everyone is just accepting and speaking of me as Stacy now.
My grandma (my dad's mum) has said that she is worried about how she will react the first time that she sees me. I can appreciate that - it's such a shame that it's going to take so long before I see them again (still no passport, so still no travelling!) The other problem that she sees is our wedding photo. She loves that photo and does not want to take it down. I'm not going to ask her to either - after all I don't want to deny that the first 35 years of my life actually happened.
Well, that's it. Everyone who needs to know now knows. There's going to be some more bridges to cross soon (like Mrs Stace's great aunts birthday party in a few weeks... The whole of my extended in law family in one room at the same time. Gulp.) But, if I can do what I have done so far then I'm sure I can do that!