Welcome to OCDO!
Why would a 2 year old keep you from attending one of the meets?
SGT Jensen and Packingmama bring their children when they come out, as do many others including myself.
My daughter was still a tiny baby when we went to one the first time.
As for a handgun, you really can't go wrong with one of the more well known brands.
Smith and Wesson makes good semi autos in their M&P line.
Glock makes very reliable pistols.
Springfield Armory makes some great pistols in their XD line, as well as their 1911s
of course, if you don't mind some higher prices, Kimber, Sig Sauer, and H&K all are good pistols.
Though H&K seems to have bad customer service.
Then there are Taurus pistols, less expensive, though sometimes require some TLC to get working properly.
Ruger pistols are good, but holsters for them are not found too often.
Hope this helps.