Welcome. It's good to be cautious and to learn good technique for all tools. You might consider getting a Triton TRA001 router. It is 3.25 hp, has a built in lift, and really good safety interlocks. It is too heavy for my ageing hands to handle freehand, but that's work for a smaller, lighter machine.
A smaller router 2.25 hp with a lift will cost more than the Triton. If you want to see it in action, find Marc Sommerfeld videos on YouTube. The router has a safety interlock so that when you crank it up, it locks the power off.
Do make certain you handle the dust collection issue soon. Sawdust is nasty in the lungs.
I also suggest getting a couple of items if you don't have them yet.
A Wixey digital angle gauge (for setting your saw blade at a perfect 90 degree angle to the table.) About $30 on Amazon. The new ones use AAA batteries and have a backlight.
A Gripper. This is for guiding your workpiece through the table saw. It lets you press down, forward and against the fence all at the same time. Keeps your fingers a safe distance from the blade.
Last picture is of a Triton TRA001 mounted on a plate.
Glad you decided to join the fun. This isn't so much a hobby as it is an addiction. The most important thing is to make stuff. Every projece will teach you something. In fact, I made the same project several times at first, each time it turned out better.
The more I do, the less I accomplish.