My husband actually noticed within the first three months, as he saw changes in my behaviour. I was a little shocked at how fast my mind shifted perspective.
The more time that passed, the more I noticed changes. My mind was expanded, and I was loving the new me.
After the “try on” phase and then the concrete legal decision, there was no turning back! Sure, there were rough patches of adjustment, and I will always have the energy of my birth name.
Everyone responds differently, and it would be great to interview people who have had a legal name change.
My husband was a huge skeptic. He always said he would never change his name. Then, he started to see the new me. Years later, he took his actual birth name legally, which he never went by as a little boy. I noticed a stronger masculine energy brought in than before.