Welcome to HBT Jeff!
I agree with malt extract replacing the corn sugar. It will make your beer better.
Some other ideas;
Steep some crushed specialty grains like crystal malt in the water while it is heating. Remove them before the water boils. This will add some malt complexity and sweetness to your beer. (You can put them in a grain bag which is easily removed)
Do a full 1 hour boil and do some hop additions at 60, 30 , and 5 minutes left in the boil. This will add more hop complexity to the beer. More bitterness, flavor, and aroma. This would be key if you want to make an IPA.
What are you using for yeast? If you use dry yeast you could find a good liquid yeast for the beer you are making.
Talk to your LHBS. They can help you decide what extras to put into your beer and how to steep grains and add hops.
Let us know what you end up doing for your special beer.
Oh and keep us informed on the birth of your baby.