congrats on the first successful journey!
A couple more tidbits of advice for any looking to get the family on the water. First I second the de-hooked floating lure thing! Both my kids (now 4 and 6) started that way and they loved it so much that's really all they wanted to do, except maybe swim, catch bugs and run around shore, but while on the boat that's all they cared about. I slowly weaned them onto jigs and spinners (debarbed and where treble hooks were included, cut off one hook). This year both have taken off, each now casting a full on adult spinning reel and rod and they can fish by themselves (at least for a while), allowing me to relax with a beer or fish for myself for a few minutes. Just so you don't get your hopes up too far, I still spend 3/4 of my time de-tangling, keeping them from hooking each other and getting lures unstuck from, trees, clothes, boats, passers by, etc. I bring this all up because if you like to fish and want to keep fishing you should get your kids into it early and get them as proficient as possible. The sooner they can cast, unhook, untangle and retie their own gear, the sooner you can get back to fishing yourself. Plus it's pretty darn rewarding to see the smile after every fish!
2nd thing; Another one of the many keys to happy children are happy parents and as a husband your happiness directly revolves around your wife's level of bliss. So there are a few things you can do to improve her experience (and thusly yours and your child's). First is a good, comfortable seat. We found stadium chairs with little pockets, armrests and a good padded seat to significantly improve our experience. This is the one my wife loves (Amazon.com : Rio Adventure Stadium Arm Chair, Red : Sports & Outdoors
), she's even had her friends get them.
Secondly, find someone to teach your wife how to row (do not attempt this yourself, spouses should rarely teach their own spouses, BTDT) once instructed, you can hand over the oars and open up daddy daycare leaving her to get some exercise and fine tune her skills (and coincidentally remind her that rowing isn't as easy as you make it look). Don't go crazy with this, just an afternoon or two on the water with some trustworthy oarsperson, then once confident enough to take the helm of your craft, help her along with frequent praise and technical advice now and then and of course, pick a confidence building stretch, rather than something difficult.
Before you know it would will have created a couple of monsters... This year the kids voted over the fair, rodeo, bouncy house at a friends party and several other more forgettable alternatives for floating. It is their favorite thing to do, period. Which of course is just fine by me