Well actually it's nearly 7 months!
7 months of living as Stacy... I wasn't actually counting, but someone in the office asked me a few weeks ago and I was surprised that it had been so long...
So how's life been treating me for those months? Well so far so good!
My colleagues have been amazing over the that time. From my team when I told them what was happening, to the department when my boss told everyone, to the company as a whole when they were told by their bosses.
There were only a couple of people who didn't quite know how to deal with me, but neither one of them was a problem. One of them told me outright, 'Sorry, I don't know who I should speak to you any more; so I am just going to treat your normally OK?' I liked that one! How else could you treat someone? The other person just remained civil, but didn't speak that much - just said hello in the corridor. It was a shame as we used to talk more, but at least he wasn't making an issue out of it.
And working for an internet insurance company really helps, it was a nightmare trying to get the life insurance organised for the new mortgage, it would have been much worse if I didn't have colleagues who could sort everything for me.
Outside of work my friends have all been amazing, both those left in the UK and those that I know in Holland. The people I was expecting to be the biggest have been fine, shocked yes, but the have been fine :) The next trip to the UK is going to be interesting though - I have to start the whole stress process of meeting people for the first time again, I was hoping that I was going to be over that by now!
The biggest complaint so far has come from my French colleague who keeps on asking if I have to wear heels as I was tall enough compared to him before I transitioned. I tell no, I don't have to wear them. I just like them :) I just think he needs to get taller ;p
Due to personal circumstances I did not start hormone treatment before I transitioned - this has led to quite some delays in documentation. Being an ex-pat really does not help here, I have to fulfil the laws of the UK, as well as the laws of the Nederland. And... They are different... Ergo I only sent off for my passport a couple of weeks ago. Who knows when it's going to turn up! And most of my documentation in Holland (driving license, residency permit, bank account, tax records etc) can't be changed until I get it back. I see a day off of work to organise everything once it arrives!
And, lastly, one of the biggest surprises that I have had. Living as me made the world of difference. I had two trips where I still needed to be him in December. That was only weeks after I transitioned at work but even then I felt more uncomfortable going out in my suit than I did the first time I went out as Stace!
About 14 weeks ago I started on blockers for the medical study I am taking part in. Apart from a bit of tiredness and a few hot flushes I didn't feel that different. Then about 6 weeks ago I started in hormone patches and again... I've not noticed that much. The difference between living as him and living as Stace had a much more profound impact on me than the hormones have had so far!
Here's to the future